Help your teen think like a scientist by:
Fostering curiosity. Ask her questions like, “Where do you think that came from?” “How do you think they built that?”
Fostering flexibility. Ask questions like, “What if you looked at that from another angle?” “What are some other ways that could work?”
Encouraging orderly thoughts. “You are so good at burning CDs. I’d love to learn. Can you explain it to me, step by step?”
Remembering consequences. It’s not just part of discipline that every action has a consequence. It’s also an important principle of science. Frequently ask your teen, “What would happen if...?”
Having her group items. Scientists use classification or grouping in many studies. “Can you suggest five perennials we could plant this year?”
Fostering determination. Scientists often fail hundreds of times for every one success. Notice and appreciate your teen every time she sticks to something, especially if it was something difficult.
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