It is such an inspiration to see the pride revealed when a student conquers a challenging problem. At least since I was 13 or 14 years old, I wanted to be a science teacher. I have tutored sixth through twelfth grade students (as well as college classmates) in both science and math, and I work regularly with a high school youth group. I like learning to be as active and fun as possible, which is why I like science so much! It is a lot of fun to build experiments and watch science happen right in front of your eyes!
In my instructional approach, I aim to support learners to develop critical thinking processes. Rather than provide direct answers, I model questions that seek to uncover a solution or a pathway to a solution. For example, if a student is unsure how to scale an axis in order to plot a line graph, I would ask what the maximum data value is for that axis and how many gradations are available on the axis. This way, learners can develop a thought process for how to solve a problem, which is absolutely crucial for when information context changes.
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