I am a teacher of science and math. I have also studied and worked in clinical chemistry, biology. I am also an MT ASCP in a clinical laboratory. I have years of both working and managing clinical laboratories.
I use mastery learning (testing performance a threshold of 80 percent or above as accomplished in that topic area). I have had students participate in state science fairs and win second place with original and new ideas.
Science for me is and always has been fun. Science from my perspective is a way of getting the truth within a certain give set of parameters. Then taking this new truth/idea and testing its coherence to life. In other words, is my result accurate.
Teaching for me is the handing off of an idea, a way of doing, a way of calculating, a way of creating for the physical world. In this, the other person must be "ready" to "receive". This readiness includes a ability to discern how the receiver is accepting a lesson. In science this "readiness" may be an understanding of a new vocabulary and their relationship to one another. In Math this "readiness" might be the understanding of new properties and functions.
The quantitative measurement of how well this tutoring relationship is can be the "ultimate performance" of the receiver, student, the tutored. In conclusion "maximum performance" for this tutoring relationship is the goal.
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