Adventures in ISTEM reflects my 15 year adventure as a middle school science teacher. I call it an adventure because every day brings something new. Through my adventures I have been trained in GATE strategies, EL strategies, AVID strategies, and my new adventure of bringing technology into my classroom through blended learning. All of these have helped me incorporate Inquiry, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into my classroom.
My teaching philosophy has changed over my 15 year career and my teaching style reflects it. It's all about ISTEM in my class. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with an influence of Inquiry. Scholars are able to take academic risks and work at pushing themselves to the next level. I try and differentiate my lessons to meet all my students needs from my low resource students to my high gifted/talented students and everyone in between.
Presenter at the 2015 OCC GATE conference for blended learning in the science classroom and how to flip your classroom
Bachelor of Science- Zoology/Physiology University of Wyoming, trained in Gifted/talented education, AVID, ELL, and Pre-AP (college board)
I am a wife and mother of two. In addition to teaching middle school science I am also the science department chair, STEM coordinator for our STEM club at school, the head Pentathlon Coach for our schools Pentathlon team, and I run the computer lab after school one day a week. I am also on our district technology team helping to train other teachers in the use of technology in their classroom.
English Language Arts, Specialty, Science, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Social Studies - History, Computer Science - Technology, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Instructional Technology, General Science, Physical Science, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects