Wide-Eyed Wonder

By Adam Lang, Upper School Science & Math Teacher I began our first class of the semester last week by asking a simple question: “What is this desk made of?” Several of the students, recalling that I had said we would soon begin a unit on matter, eagerly and smugly answered that the table was made of “atoms”, “molecules”, and “matter” (when all I was looking for was “wood”). After asking them what those things were, one student answered that it was what things were made of, and that’s all there was to it. I could see it in their eyes. …