KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Partner Teaching: Worthwhile Work

This year is my first year in a true partner teaching role. In the past I have team taught – working with another colleague in the classroom in a specialized setting – but this is my first year having another math/science expert to plan similar learning experiences with. For me, partner teaching consists of my… Continue reading Partner Teaching: Worthwhile Work

KSA #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning

The Journey of Learning

I’ve been given the opportunity this year to attend workshops hosted by Galileo Educational Network. Once a month I meet with other new teachers and we discuss what we are seeing in our class, project design, assessment, etc. It’s been an extremely interesting experience to have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with others on… Continue reading The Journey of Learning

KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Classroom Whiteboards: The Hub for Student Collaboration

This year I have been working with Galileo and other novice teachers in Area III. One Monday morning per month we get together and talk about what is happening in our classroom, how we can deepen student engagement, build real-life tasks, how to connect formative and summative assessments, etc. So far one of the biggest pieces… Continue reading Classroom Whiteboards: The Hub for Student Collaboration

KSA #10 Technology · KSA #15 Professional Learning

The Power of #Twitter, The Power of a #PLN

Today my principal and I were talking about Tsunami’s as it’s a topic discussed in Science 7. He was telling me about a great video that was released by National Geographic, Discovery Channel, or someone else that shows how the sub ducting oceanic crust causes Tsunami’s and uses footage from the “big Tsunami a while… Continue reading The Power of #Twitter, The Power of a #PLN

KSA #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Why is our teaching segmented, if learning is not?

Learning is not segmented, so why do we teach it as if it is? What I mean to say is, why do we teach concepts in compartmentalized “units” when this gives students a narrow understanding of these concepts. It inadvertently provides the illusion that concepts are independent of those covered previously or later in the… Continue reading Why is our teaching segmented, if learning is not?

KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

As one chapter closes, another begins

My internship at FCHS/AHSFA is winding down. I owe a huge amount of gratitude to the staff and students at FCHS/AHSFA for the fantastic experience they have given me in my final internship, the learning and growth I have experienced here is something I will carry with me forever. It’s a surreal experience. I remember… Continue reading As one chapter closes, another begins

KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Culture of Inquiry

I’ve seen this infographic several times on Twitter and I’ve even shared it via my Twitter feed. This infographic provides a clear, concise visual regarding the concept of inquiry. Currently, in education there is a strong push for inquiry based teaching and learning. Inquiry is something that I try to integrate into my lessons on a… Continue reading Culture of Inquiry

KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Why do we teach?

Today, my colleague and I had a truly authentic conversation about our job as a teacher. She told me that she was embarrassed to say that at one time she felt that elementary teachers taught students and high school teachers taught content. For some, secondary teachers are thought of as content curators – people who… Continue reading Why do we teach?