After 35 years as a classroom teacher, there is one thing that I have learned. Students love and need to empirically explore the world around them. Creating that environment in a classroom is very difficult; but I have found a way to do it.
As a foundation for learning I bring gem, fossil and crystal material from all over the west to my school site. The material is virgin, just as it was dug, legally, out of a wild mountainside. You have to see to believe how the investigation and discovery activities, using that material, energize and engage students. The students find, identify, display and take home their finds. Once the foundation is created, the students stampede to complete activities tied to that foundation. Always in these activities, (as the one I have on this site) I angle a way to include someone doing something for the common good in a story. As teachers, I feel, we must work harder to build whole, moral creatures.
Teacher of the month every other month at March Mountain High School. 2001-2004
Biology Degree Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho California Life Credential, Stanislaus State, Turlock, Ca
Museum Education Director 2 years.