Teaching

Strategies and great information about teaching. Techniques and links will be discussed.

I’ve been teaching since I was a teenager. My first students were cute little preschoolers who were learning to swim. I was their swimming instructor and they were my little flock of eager learners. Since then I’ve taught subjects that ranged from reading readiness to middle school math and science.

My first students were preschool swimmers

My first students were preschool swimmers

In the past few years, I’ve been concentrating on STEM education. This new form of science education is a real-world blend of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Sounds pretty whizzy, right!  Well…yes and no. The real truth is that there are lots of challenges common to every classroom – whether the subject is molecules or Macbeth. In my research at UC and my work with Clever Crazes for Kids, I’ve met some wonderful teachers who have very creative solutions for classroom challenges. You can find some of their great ideas in my posts on Curriculum Design and Lesson Plans.

swim class image by SjoerdvW

Recently I have turned my attention to engineering processes and projects as I focus on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  I find that while these standards do make sense as our next logical step for teaching science in the 21st century, they are also quite challenging for many teachers who have not been trained to the high level of knowledge and engineering process skills that are necessary to guide our students to the degree that the authors intend.  As a curriculum designer, I am finding that intensive research, interviews with specialists, and content PDs are going to be critical when integrating the new curriculum to support these lessons.

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