I have 35 years experience as a middle and high school science teacher. Subjects include; biology, physical science, forensics, Earth Science, Environmental, and Astronomy. I have my Master's of Natural Science from Louisiana State University. (Go Tigers!!!)
I believe that science is a way of learning but with new teaching styles students do not want to "memorize" anything. They just want to do the fun things without making a connection to the science concept. I have done lots of research on the brain and repetition is needed for things to stay in long term memory. I just had to find a way to make these repetitions a little bit more fun. Some of the CD's I use allowed students to learn taxonomy because of the silly song. It was also on their national tests. Nothing was "too silly" for me to do for science. The students loved me, although high school girls WILL roll their eyes. I had them measure density by getting in a 55 gallon drum filled with water then imploded the barrel using a crawfish boiler, water and ice. Last but not least.....I absolutely loved what I did. I loved my students and they knew it. I had their back and they had mine if it came to it. If there was ever a personality conflict (and there were) I looked at it from both sides. Sometimes I was reprimanding the same student over and over. I would have a little talk with them outside the room and amazingly by showing them this little bit of respect, I was their favorite teacher forever. Just because I could admit I had been wrong, too. .
Teacher of the Year, Science Teacher of the Year,
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I have studied ways that the brain learns more than most science teachers because my 21 year old daughter had 3 strokes, 4 years ago. Through sheer determination, repetition, relearning so many, many things, I have seen her go from wheelchair, institution bound, into a young woman that walks a little crooked but is so much more beautiful inside than outside that you no longer notice. She wears an eye patch like a model. The brain is a complicated thing but neuroplasticity shows us that the brain can reroute itself through different paths. Repetition is one of these ways.