I am a science educator who has had the opportunity to teach at both the secondary and elementary levels. My undergraduate degree is in Aerospace Physiology and my favorite subjects to teach are physics, biology, and Earth and space science. I love to learn about new topics in science and frequently take Open Course Ware classes from MIT to increase my science content knowledge.
My interests include hiking, biking, reading, and scrapbooking.
My goals as an educator revolve around my desire to inspire my students to love science and to be lifelong learners. When I grow up, I'd like to be NASA Educator or help coordinate the Junior Ranger educational programs for the National Park Service.
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Sat, Jul 25, 2015 8:23 PM in DCI's and Related Formative Assessment Probes
Thanks so much for sharing the crosswalk charts showing have the probes in your Understanding Student Ideas books relate to the Disciplinary Core Ideas. I have used your probes for many years, and this reference chart will undoubtedly help me organize my use of the probes to align to the NGSS.
One of the things that I really like about the charts is that they breakout the probes by...
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Wed, Dec 17, 2014 2:47 PM in Change career to science education - where to begin?
I also was a "career changer" teacher. After serving in the Air Force, I did the Troops to Teachers program and became a science teacher. I am very happy with my decision to be a teacher. It is a really fantastic Like Mary, I think that the real world perspective that you would be able to offer your students would be fantastic!
The advice to talk to a university counselor is a ...
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 2:41 PM in We need more time to teach Science
You make a valid point, and from the number of responses in agreement with your post, I think it is evident that this is a problem nation-wide. In light of high stakes testing, the emphasis is on teaching reading and math. Because many districts require teachers to spend a significant portion of their day teaching literacy and math blocks, it can be difficult to incorporate subjects l...
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Interpreting Weather Maps
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 2:57 PM Exploring Weather
This book chapter is an excellent introduction into reading weather maps. The student activity introduces the basic weather map symbols and weather forecasting. The chapter also includes a Teacher's Guide that expands on terms, themes, and data analysis. This is an excellent primer to learn about weather forecasting.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 2:27 PM Great Resource!
With the new common core standards coming on board nation wide, I was nervous to venture into teaching a unit on weather. This book chapter on Meteorology provide easy to follow lesson ideas, with real world data recording. Included in the lessons are diagram that help explain terms and background information that helps give the teacher a great foundation on which teach. This is an excellent book chapter that I recommend to anyone who is preparing a weather unit.
Assessment for Learning
Tue, Nov 05, 2013 3:18 PM Get Assessment info
This article gives excellent advice and provides practical examples of ways to assess student understanding. The author includes excellent visual aids including examples of probes and sample rubrics. In addition, information about addressing misconceptions and how to administer formative assessments. This is a fantastic primer for anyone who is looking for formative assessment ideas.
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