We are a husband and wife team who have been teaching science for 9 years. We have taught all grades from 6th grade General Science up to University Physics (calculus based) at a prominent university. Our focus subjects are the physical sciences - including physics, chemistry, and physical science - at all levels from introductory to college level and Advanced Placement. Richard is currently teaching physical science (a 9th grade course in our state) to advanced 8th graders at a public junior high. Jennifer is currently teaching physics and AP Physics 1 at a private Christian school.
Our classrooms are hands on and inquiry based. We believe that students who discover information on their own are more likely to retain that knowledge. We use labs that allow students to explore, build, make mistakes, and learn from those. Although some of our labs are the basic "follow the instructions" labs, we prefer labs that use guided questions and lead students towards a conclusion. We believe that science should not be scary or a "hard subject" and that everyone is capable of learning and enjoying science. We break up the mathematics involved in the subjects into simple processes that allow all students to succeed.
Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2014/2015 school year
Both of us have a B.S. in Physics from Ouachita Baptist University and a M.S. in Physics from the University of Arkansas. Our graduate studies were in physics education - the evolution and development of popular physics textbooks. We are members of the AAPT and the PTRA. We have been attending physics workshops for 8 years and have been leading workshops for the past 2. Our workshops have been attended by elementary and secondary teachers and show teachers how to build a successful science program on a budget - using supplies most teachers already have. We also have extensive training in using technology in the classroom for data collection and presentation.
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