Michael Valentino

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For this activity, students will construct cup phones from plastic cups and yarn to describe the behavior of longitudinal waves. They will also be able to identify the various media that sound waves can travel through.
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Background: Alka-Seltzer tablets fizz furiously when dropped in water. The moment the tablets start dissolving, a chemical reaction occurs which releases carbon dioxide gas at a predictable rate. 
 In these 4 mini experiments, students will use
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Exciting/hands on, full class-period lab which investigates muscle fatigue! PLease note: Each student in their respective lab groups will have a specific job to do! (4 different roles!)
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During this fun, hands-on activity, students will use metric measurements to create a blood splatter simulation as it may appear at a crime scene. This will allow them to identify and describe the relationship between the distance of a drop of
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In this fun, hands-on STEM Lab students will determine what effect, if any, does soaking gummy bear candies in a liquid have on its size. Lab is aligned with NJCCCS and NGSS
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For this Microscope Lab, students will observe onion cells under low and high power to observe the structures of a eukaryotic cell. They will also use Lugol's Solution to stain the cells to get a clear view of some of the organelles of the cell!
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During this exciting 1-2 class period forensics lab, students will observe the characteristics that all fiber samples share, identify and describe the behavior of fibers in contact with a flame, and identify the specific type of fiber from an
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This engaging & fun lab will have students determine which angle, from 10° to 90°, will a catapult launch a projectile mini marshmallow the farthest. Each student will have a unique role for this lab! (For a groups of 4) *Please note the lab
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In this fun, hands-on lab activity, students will mill around the room at 5 stations all highlighting a specific wave property. This particular lab is extremely easy to set up and break down while challenging students to think critically about
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This fun/hands on lab will allow students to determine one’s pulse rate during rest, exercise, and exercise recovery!
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Students will write down what they think the top 5 most important rules of their class should be (individually) From there, students will be broken into groups of 4 to share answers and come up with one group list of the top 5 most important class
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In this lab, students will work in groups to examine the effects of exercise on the bodies’ heart rate, breathing, and perspiration (sweat) level. Students will then observe how the body reacts when exercise is stopped.
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Background: One of reasons why something can be considered alive is that it can sense and respond to its environment. The speed at which this response occurs can be very important in an organism’s life. For example, it literally takes a blink of
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For this project, students are going to investigate a crime scene that another group in class has put together. Once students see the crime scene, their respective teams ( of 4) will be responsible for the following: Preservation of the crime
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For this activity, students will imagine that they're a city planner. They're goal is to create a fictional city (original drawings) using the parts of a Eukaryotic cell as the blueprints!
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Students will discover how the densities of various fun-sized candy bars compare in this 45-minute lab activity.
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This physical science lab will allow students to investigate the relationship between the mass of an object and the velocity at which it falls, while identifying other influencing factors. Each student has a specific role for this assignment! (When
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In this hands-on lab, students observe and record data on their own skin and cheek cells!
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Today you will be working with the aquatic plant Elodea, also known as anacharis. This plant can commonly be found in lake habitats and you may be more familiar with it if you have an aquarium. The purpose for using this plant is to study the
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For this project, students on their own or with one partner are to develop an owner’s guide for the digestive system. Their guides should include information about the structures of the digestive system and a diagram of the location of these body
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Middle School General Science Teacher/Forensic Science Teacher: 2005-Present Provide curriculum instruction based on NJ State content standards Infuse technology throughout curriculum Use lab procedures to address multiple intelligences/learning styles Differentiate instruction to meet students’ needs

MY TEACHING STYLE

Education is a lifelong process. It does not stop at 3:00pm nor does it end on June 23rd. Therefore, an effective teacher should not only teach students what to learn, but how to learn. By breaking the mold of the more traditional methods, technology, lab procedures, web-based research, and hands-on activities are allowing students to learn at a pace that is differentiated in order to meet their individual learning styles. Because the human brain’s primary function is to learn, an effective teacher needs only to point students in the right direction and then keep them within the guidelines. The inquisitive and problem-solving nature of the brain will do the rest. An ineffective teacher simply brings students where they need to go without allowing them to discover for themselves. I believe that the delivery of the content is just as important, if not more important than the content itself. One of my goals as an educator is to become a teacher that effectively supports learning for all students by having a full understanding of the learning process. For instance, educational experiences should be experiential, life-centered, and relevant to the learner. The teacher should also contain ways to tie course material into student’s lives in addition to the content that needs to be delivered. By making the material more relevant to the learners, students’ learning will be driven primarily by internal motivators rather than external motivators. In addition, differentiated instruction would allow for students to learn at the rate they are most comfortable. This will effectively end problems of students feeling “too slow” for a particular class since they control the speed at which they move. This will also allow for exceptional learners to stay stimulated without facing the boredom of waiting for the rest of the students to catch up.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

2017 NJ Devils Teacher of the Month Spotlight

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS: Biology MS: Science Ed. & Technology +32: Education

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Founding member of Teachers Reaching to Enrich Environmental Studies (T.R.E.E.S.) Astronomy Club President Use portable “Star Lab Planetarium” to illustrate constellations, celestial bodies, and demonstrate the astronomical unit for volunteer students, grades 5-8. Technology Club Member Provide instruction, student modeling, and assessment through the use of technology in the classroom Curriculum Writer Designed, wrote, & implemented Forensic Science curriculum for grade 8 science elective course/Designed crime analysis mysteries to supplement class material

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