First Order of Business: What’s With The Title?
So I have walked a fine line for many years now between doing awesome cool and brave things (like living in another country or traveling alone) and being afraid – afraid to leave the familiar, to leave friends, family, or boyfriends, afraid to take that chance. In the last year or so though, I’ve decided to do it – to take those chances. So far, I’ve won a trip to the National Conference on Science Education and spent a summer volunteering in Honduras. So I guess in conclusion, I think this plan is working out for me.
Plus one of my former fifth graders called me “Teach” once, and it was funny.
Second Order of Business: Who Am I?
I am a twenty-seven year old 7th and 8th grade science teacher at a relatively new charter school that serves a diverse student body, primarily from disadvantaged households. Previously, I taught several years of 5th and 6th grade science at a small private school, as well as a year in 8th grade Social Studies and Language Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in History and Environmental Science and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. I was selected as a recipient of the National Science Teachers Association’s 2014 Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers and attended the National Conference on Science Education in Boston, Massachusetts. Later that year, I was selected by the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association for their William B. McIlwaine Science Teaching Award and attended their conference at Penn State University. In 2015, I won the Shell Science Lab Challenge and received a prize package of nearly $3000 worth of science supplies and professional development for myself and my school. I was selected for the Exxon Mobil Mickelson Academy for science teachers in grades 3-5 and will attend that weeklong workshop in the summer of 2016. While I am certainly no master teacher, I am doing everything I can to improve my instructional strategies, classroom management, and content knowledge, and my goal is to share that learning with you. I hope you can find something useful on these pages!