I taught 6th and 8th grades in a Title 1 school in Glendale, Arizona from 2006-2011. While I started off teaching self-contained, I moved up to loop with some of my kids and focus more on my favorite subjects-- biology, chemistry, and earth/environmental science! During the 2011-12 year, I relocated to Denver and taught integrated science. During '12-13 I created curriculum with Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science and taught for them during the summer and weekend camps for 2nd to 6th graders. I also tutored high school students for a college access program called College Track. This year, I am teaching high school earth/environmental science/astronomy at an inner city expeditionary school. For the first time, I have begun to dig into the Next Gen science standards...and have planned trips for my kids!
I believe that variation is the key to success-- as is including brain research and as much hands on learning as possible. Through my research with USC, I also found that analogy-like stories for scientific processes are a great way to get kids reading about science without boring them to tears. Thus: There is a rock cycle song and a chromosome dance. We dissect and categorize, identify parts of plants and parts of speech. We read, we write, we debate, we play online. My kids know that I have incredibly high expectations... but that learning should be fun as often as possible.
Runner up: New Teacher of the Year Award. Compassion Award. PRAXIS Top 15% in Science Excellence Award.
BS in Elementary Education/General Science, Bradley University MAT from USC, May, 2011
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