Bobbie Miyasaki, Lower School Science
"The Lower School teaches values, which are basic to everything. It’s important for anyone to have intrinsic values, because that forms a framework for your life."
How has the one-to-one iPad program influenced what you do in your classroom?
It’s been very exciting, because it gives the girls immediate access to information. It’s also been fun because the girls can record their experiments, and they can include video, audio and pictures to keep track of what they’ve done. If a child misses an experiment, she can see a friend’s video of it. I’ve really enjoyed it having that technology in my classroom.
What do you think is the most valuable aspect of a Bryn Mawr education?
I think teaching a love of learning, and teaching independence. The girls gain confidence in themselves and their abilities, and they learn to question. All of those aspects are important. The Lower School also teaches values, which are basic to everything. It’s important for anyone to have intrinsic values, because that forms a framework for your life.
How do girls progress through the science curriculum, from the time they start working with you in second grade up through fifth grade?
We build a basic set of skills, and we expand upon that each year. With each year the children become more able to think abstractly, so we can expand the kinds of things that we do and the depth in which we do them. When girls start out in second grade the experiments have to be fairly prescriptive, but as we continue on they become much more independent learners.