In the last ten years, I've taught science to a range of students from self-contained, inclusion, and honors. Although the types of learners that have walked through my door have been varied, there is one thing that has been consistent, which is that my classes always become a family. We respect one another, build each other up, connect with each other, and learn from one another.
The students at our high school are beyond extraordinary - they're hard working, thoughtful, and intelligent.
Every student that has walked through my door has taught me something about who I am as I teacher or as a person. I spend an enormous amount of time finding out who my students are, what are the things we have in common, and I try and learn from them.
When I walk into my classroom every day I smile because the room is decorated with student work, cards, pictures, projects, and all of these artifacts create a comfortable classroom.
In my Marine Biology Class students will dissect a Dogfish shark. Often students struggle identifying the internal anatomy because pictures on a paper compared to the actual shark are hard to interpret. I think this 4-D Model of Sharks and their internal organs will help my students to identify the internal anatomy of a shark. Students will be able to take apart the model and put it back together which helps kinesthetic learners. Students will dismantle and then put back together the model which will allow them to time to understand how the internal organs are positioned inside of a shark.
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