I am in my 4th year of teaching middle school science and I love it! I taught two years of 8th grade science (Genetics, Evolution, Astronomy and Controlled Experimentation) and am currently completing my second year of teaching 6th grade science (Ecology, Biology/Life Science, Simple Machines and Controlled Experimentation). My teaching approach is largely inquiry based (students do most of the discovering) but I also interweave traditional teaching methods e.g. memorization of scientific vocabulary.
I also enjoy prepping students for the Living Environment Regents; I have taught summer school twice and on Saturdays for this sole purpose. Last summer 17 of my 22 students passed the Living Environment regents. Half of these students passed with a grade of 70 or higher--that's a big jump from the 50's and 60's range! I know the content very well since I entered the teaching field with a strong background in science and only learned more through the years. I work hard to be prepared and to deliver the most important information that needs to be mastered in order to do well on the LE regents and other tests. If the student is committed to reaching his or her goal, then the possibility of doing well on the test is very realistic.
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