“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
As a former science teacher, how could I not love this Emerson quote? When I taught chemistry, my favorite days in the classroom were days we did experiments, so we did a lot of them.
I never really cared if my students memorized the Ideal Gas Law Equation (PV = nRT) or knew the elements of the periodic table by heart. I wanted them to understand that we learn through experimentation and to know what it takes to make a good experiment.
A good experiment is not necessarily one in which your original hypothesis is confirmed. Some of the most valuable experiments are ones in which we are surprised by the outcome. In science, as in life, we must be prepared for unexpected events.
A good experiment is also not one in which there are no errors. We are human, we will err. It is good to have confidence enough to examine your method of problem-solving for ways to improve for the next time. And there usually is a next time.
Finally, a good experiment is one that is challenging, yet enjoyable, because that is a good attitude to have toward life: seek out challenges and have a good time. I wanted my students to learn to be problem solvers, both in the chemistry classroom and in life. Experimentation is a valuable tool to accomplish those goals.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” – Isaiah 43:19
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