There is no doubt that “thinking like a scientist” helps me in my everyday life. I am constantly asking questions, doing research, modifying my routines and practices, and looking at data. I am a problem solving machine! In fact, a lot of the joy I have is in coming up with new and innovative ways to solve problems.
I’ve also learned to look for patterns. I look at the way eating certain foods affects my health. I look at exercise, and what it does to my body. I look at how long I sit, and how that affects the way my back feels. I look at how much I watch TV, how long I sleep, when I get my best work done, when and where I’m productive, etc. So many patterns, and so much data to analyze!
I also use “thinking like a scientist” in teaching my students, and raising my son. “Thinking like a scientist” is not limited to science class! I see life as one big science experiment. And one of the key characteristics of being a scientist is sharing your data and collaborating with others. I do so on a daily basis! I write in my blog, talk to friends on Facebook, and have my PLC (Personal Learning Community) on Twitter.