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Students will explore the difference between series and parallel circuits in a Christmas-themed circuitry lab! Your students will have to build both series and parallel circuits, remove bulbs to figure out how it impacts the flow of electricity and
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Struggling to explain the difference between mass and weight? This activity will drive that difference home for kids with two activities. First, students read about the difference between mass and weight, citing information from the text and
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This is a fun, interactive lab that gets kids out of their seats and experiencing the difference between distance and displacement for themselves. The lab begins with a pre-lab reading that covers the definitions of distance and displacement, along
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Use stations to teach and review Newton's Laws of Motion. Each law is featured twice and can be set up with simple classroom and household materials. Students will enjoy the hands-on demonstrations and be able to apply the concepts to unknown
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In this fun and high-interest lab, students will explore how Newton's 2nd Law works through the student favorite, Agar.io (http://agar.io/)! Students will play the game and answer application questions based on their game experience. Included in
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Test students' understanding of simple machines and interactions between them with a fun, interactive summative! Students will plan, execute and test a Rube Goldberg as a summative (or extended project) in a simple machines unit. This summative task
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Introducing students to kinetic and potential energy? This web exploration allows students to explore kinetic and potential energy through the lens of roller coasters. The web exploration, presented on Padlet, features videos, animations, pictures,
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One of my personal favorite activities to get students involved in simple machines! Teams of students, which can range from 2 to 4, get a box of everyday items and are required to complete mini-Rube Goldbergs using these materials. Increasing in
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Use these homework assignments to reinforce and support students' understanding of simple machines and how they work. Included are four different assignments that discuss scientific innovations, primarily focusing on determining the main idea of
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Teach students all about kinetic and potential energy, as well as energy transformation, through the lens of roller coasters! This bundle includes various activities, internet activities, readings and labs that will expose students to these concepts
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Teach students all about simple machines through the lens of scientific innovation and Rube Goldberg machines! This bundle includes various activities, internet activities, readings and labs that will expose students to the function of simple
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Students will put their understanding of kinetic and potential energy, as well as energy transformation, to the test by building, testing and evaluating their very own paper roller coaster! This activity is meant as a summative lab for a unit on KE,
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Circuit drawing can pose a challenge for some students but this scaffolded practice will boost student understanding! Made to be used with Electricity Circuit Drawing Note Stations Graphic Organizer (although it can be used with whatever form of
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Welcome to the zombie apocalypse! This "choose your own adventure" decision-making game offers a fun and interactive simulation of what a zombie apocalypse might be like. Each student will create a profile for the zombie apocalypse and track
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Students explore how to build roller coasters using the concepts of potential and kinetic energy. They will have to determine the correct design that creates a fun and safe roller coaster. A great way to prepare for creating paper coaster, students
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Use this activity, called Building Background Knowledge (BBK), to introduce students to the concept of energy poverty and how it relates to our life. On the two outside boxes of the graphic organizers, students write observations, commonalities,
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Students use their critical thinking skills and analysis to determine if their school (or location of your choice) is an ideal location for setting up a zombie survivors colony. Students explore and draw conclusions from an online interactive zombie
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Students will put their understanding of heat transfer, specifically through the lens of the zombie apocalypse, to the test by researching, designing, testing and evaluating their own solar oven! This activity is meant as a summative lab for a unit
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This features homework or classwork that goes along with a unit about calculating speed and the real-life applications of driving. The homework bundle has a worksheet that asks students to calculate speed with scaffolds, which can be easily removed
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This is an interactive, fun way to introduce Newton's 1st Law of Motion. The document includes two differentiated version of the same exploration that is done on Padlet, a free interactive corkboard website. Students will explore how Newton's 1st
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

For the past four years, I taught Physics in a self-contained setting for junior students with disabilities ranging from mild cognitive impairments to specific learning disabilities. Additionally, I taught in a co-taught setting to allow students with disabilities to access the general curriculum. These experiences have allowed me to gain great insight into how to create differentiated, rigorous activities for students that build confidence, address both NGSS and Common Core standards and pique student interest daily. In addition to my science experience, I taught Theory of Knowledge as part of the International Baccalaureate program. Currently, I am taking a hiatus from traditional teaching and working as a classroom auxiliare de conversacion in Madrid!

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style stems from my belief that all students are capable of achieving. It takes an understanding of their learning style, their interests and how to engage them to get all students hooked. My teaching style is geared towards high-interest (think zombie apocalypse to learn about light rays), tactile and kinesthetic experiences. Additionally, as a teacher for students with diverse needs, many of my materials and activities allow for modifications to include all in the classroom!

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Originally from Chicago, I attended a small private school on the Southside that taught me the importance of exploration and inquiry in the classroom. I earned my Bachelor's degree from Grinnell College, a small liberal arts college in Grinnell, IA. My degree was in both English Literature and French. Following college, I participated in an Americorps program which allowed me to tutor at-risk students on the Westside of Chicago, ultimately leading me to join Chicago Teaching Fellows the next year and earn my LBSI certification.

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