Kelly Garcia

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When I teach about vectors, I find that I often have to pull from a few different sources. Some methods for solving vectors such as using Trig functions and the Pythagorean theorem are found directly in regents review books, but in order to elevate
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This is just a short reminder of the difference between scalars and vectors. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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This is a study tool for students preparing for the physics regents. It is written in simple language specifically for English Language Learners.
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In Physics class we are studying about sound waves. Often regents questions ask students to transform a wave and discuss how the change affects the sound. For example, a higher amplitude means a louder sound. In this activity, the word "louder"
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This is a simple poster about Sine and Cosine. It includes the vocabulary words "Component" and "Resultant Vector". It also includes inverse Sine and inverse Cosine. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons
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Students always forget which direction to move the decimal. I tell them to not think about direction and instead think about negative versus positive. Positive exponents mean large numbers and negative exponents mean small numbers. This way there is
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This project has many, many ideas and suggestions for a teacher just getting started with Project-Based Learning: What will you get if you purchase this project? 1) The 85 slide "Furniture Building Presentation" which includes the following: a. A
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In my physics class my students have a difficult time converting between units. Usually we just stick to converting from centimeters to meters and from grams to kilograms so that's what this poster has on it. It also has a "detail" shot of a ruler
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This year I want to keep track of all of my per session money, but calculating how many hours I worked is a pain! 1) I created an Excel spreadsheet that calculates my hours and multiplies it by the New York City per session rate. 2) I created a
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I always like to be able to see the entire school year at a glance. I've included here the Excel file. You can edit the colors if you don't like the ones I have. It has two sheets: Sheet 1: School Year split up by marking periods according to our
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My students always have trouble abbreviating units so I made this little poster to help them remember. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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I like to see the entire school year at a glance so I created this word document with all of the months of the year with important information highlighted such as parent teacher conference days, PD days, regents, holidays, and school breaks. The
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The DOE website only had two parent/teacher nights listed. I will update as soon as the other two become available.
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Test prep in style with high quality flashcards. Regents-style questions in six topics: Waves, Electricity, Modern Physics, Mechanics, Energy, and Math. Order individual topics or all together. Each Deck features 52 cards. *Please allow 3-4 weeks
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Five years teaching in total: two in a project-based school and three as a physics and engineering teacher. Although many average physics students who are already in physics do not need the help of my little posters, I'd like to point out that I don't teach the average physics student. I teach English Language Learners at a Title I school. They don't have the traditional background of an average American student and so I have to be more creative and more visual than I normally would.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I teach physics in New York City to Latino students using a humourous and hands-on approach. I manage to circumvent the boredom of test-prep with thoughtful and creative projects. I was a New York City Teaching Fellow so that everything I do is created using backwards planning. In my lessons I tend to fluctuate in the order of things, but I try to stick to the workshop model.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Spoke at the STEM conference for the Office of English Language Learners (OELL) in NYC. Spoke at the National Academy Foundation NAF Next 2013 conference in Orlando, Florida. Gave a staff PD on project-based learning.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelors in Physics, Bachelors in Music, Masters in Science Teaching, currently obtaining Bilingual Extension

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I was born and raised in Texas. I make music on the side and firmly believe it should be included in schools. I came from a troubled background and believe that if it wasn't for my art and music classes that I would have been lost. This is why I teach physics in as creative a way as I can. I find a way to take a class that can be dry and boring and I find a way to include everything I love about the world from art to music to crime shows. I even find a way to inspire the same awe and mystery that I felt for tornadoes to my students by teaching them about momentum. If there is something cool out there in the world, I will find a way to find the physics in it and I will teach my students about it. I keep a blog that I use to keep track of the documentaries I use in my classroom: Simplyphysics.org

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