I have enjoyed teaching in various high school biology, chemistry, and physical science classrooms for 5+ years in and around St. Paul, MN. I have taught in the classroom, online, in rural and urban settings, and classrooms that are very diverse in all qualities. Currently, I love building and sharing my curriculum as I raise my young kiddos at home!
Like a good science teacher, my style oscillates between 3 phases (not completely unlike the phases of matter): 1) "No man left behind" for the basic facts and standards. Hard as ice. Lab experience and commit the basic facts or concepts to memory around and around until they are like... well... facts! From here, we build! 2) "Project Based Learning-ish" for experiencing the concepts built off the basic facts. Like a liquid, a bit more variable experience, depending on the student's interest and need. Mostly concept practice and labs deducing scientific conclusions. 3) "Scaffolded Inquiry Based Learning" for summary and extension lessons. I assist in sparking interest in longer term labs or experiments pertaining to real life. Like all science teachers know, "inquiry" could be modeled as a gas because it is so nebulous and must be carefully orchestrated to guide its direction!
I do my best and know my efforts are appreciated, but no one has given me a plaque with my name on it yet. The key word is YET. Though if I never get one, I'll just fill up the walls of my classroom with so many posters that the Fire Marshall would never approve. You know I'd still teach.
Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Certificate in Secondary Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison
My passion for teaching and learning is evident, though my passion for nature exceeds it. I also love reading--from fantasy to non-fiction. I also love growing things... my children, plants, relationships... you name it!