I am currently teaching three sections of 9th Grade Computational Physics course at a private school in Brooklyn, NY. The Computational Physics course is a survey course that covers the topics of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, waves and thermodynamics. The emphasis is on how mathematical equations can be used to describe relationships among quantities. These topics are explored through discussion, problem solving, and laboratory investigations. Students make use of computers for both data collection and analysis.
While pursuing my Masters in Science Education (Physics) at New York University, I have student-taught at the middle school and high school levels. During my middle school student- teaching experience at LAB Middle School, I was heavily involved in designing and executing the 6th Grade Physical Science curriculum. I was responsible for planning and executing inquiry-based and student-centered lessons with emphasis on long-term collaborative group projects.
In my high school student-teaching placement, at Beacon High School I was responsible for all aspects of one section of 11th/12th Grade Physics and assisting with two sections of 10th Grade Chemistry. For my Physics class, I was in charge of planning and executing unit plans based on manipulative hands-on learning. The lessons were based on co-operative learning and require higher order critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Lastly, all lessons included a technology component as well. Beacon’s intellectually charged environment has enabled me to practice aspects of reflective teaching and grow as teacher and as a student.
In my student teaching placements, I have gained significant experience designing lessons to support students’ multiple intelligences and accommodating activities for students with a variety of physical and learning disabilities. Currently, in my high school placement at Beacon High School, I am working with a visually impaired student who also has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.
I am confident that I have the skills and experience to be a valuable and effective tutor.
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