I've taught for 15 years, have written six books for students and teachers (the most popular of which was "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chemistry" from the Complete Idiot's Guide series of books), have lectured internationally, and taught as an adjunct professor of geochemistry at George Mason University.
Above all, the student should be treated with respect and as somebody who is capable of guiding their own learning. I've always felt that my job as a teacher is to aim them in the right direction and give them the knowledge they need to achieve this goal.
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BA in Chemistry, 1989: University of California, Santa Barbara Teaching credential program / Fairfax Transition to Teaching with The George Washington University, 1996: Washington, DC. MTS from the Washington Theological Union, 2008: Washington, DC.
* Bit my preschool teacher, 1974 * Had an "accident" in first grade, 1977 * Got two speeding tickets in two weeks, 1989 * Rode a couch down some stairs, 1994 * Threw a bunch of food coloring in the pool to see if it would get warmer (it didn't), 1997. * Ate a five pound hamburger, 2004 * Decided to grow a huge beard, 2013.