Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Biological Sciences Certification in Secondary Education
This year is going to be a fun and new experience for myself and students alike. This will be my first time teaching 6th Earth Science and I couldn't be more thrilled! Not only is the curriculum new and ever changing but the minds learning it are so different and have so many different questions that I am reminded every day of why I love to teach science.
For 6th grade students, the transition from elementary to middle school is anything but 'elementary'. New skills, teachers, classes, and classmates are only just the beginning. It is for this reason that I ask and encourage a fun and relaxed atmosphere in my classroom. Science itself, while occasionally intensive, is a fun subject. The ever expanding knowledge and never ending questions have no true limits. Science uses skills from all disciplines so it isn't uncommon for me to be asking students what they are learning in other classes, be it art or math, to tie in what they are practicing (proper grammar being the exception- I leave that to the experts).
I also commonly ask students about where they've been and what they've experienced, wanting them to share stories with the class to better understand why the world around them is the way it is. I love students who ask questions because if they don't and truly think they know it all, then they are closed off to the wondrous mysteries that surround them. Most of these wonders we are just beginning to understand with several more yet to be thought of! Science is a field that does not exist without questions and I can honestly say I can't answer them all; I can potentially point students in the right direction, though.
While some of my teaching methods may seem odd, it is because every lesson should be unique to the students in the room. What experiences, skills, and passions do they imagine when we consider the very Earth they live on? It is because of this methodology that it is imperative that my lessons and assignments ask students to explain their reasoning and thought processes. I ask them to speak quite a bit and to use their own words. My standards for my students are high because there is no doubt in my mind that anyone can learn science if their curiosity can be peaked. There may be spoilers down the road, but those spoilers only lead to more questions. I expect hard work, critical thinking, quality questions, teamwork, and a touch of fun to occupy our time in Earth Science this 2018-2019 school year.