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Mike Z.

Boulder, CO

$30/hour

Understand Earth Science

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Western State College
Outdoor Leadership
U. of Northern Colorado
Master's

Education

Western State College (Outdoor Leadership)

U. of Northern Colorado (Master's)

About Mike

If you really want to understand the topic, you have to do more than memorize terms; it takes asking questions and challenging your understanding by working through scenarios. My interest in science didn't come from classes but experiencing the world firsthand and then looking for answers. My basic understanding of science occurred during graduate school, but my real understanding occurred through applying principles to real life situations and teaching others.
I have been working in science education for about 20 years. As a scientist, I have worked for the Colorado Geological Survey completing the field work to make geologic maps of Colorado. I've also made a number of trips to Peru to survey Inca monuments in an attempt to understand what part astronomy played in how the Inca constructed their monuments. In science education I have worked under a number of NASA grants designing engaging lessons that address common misconceptions and providing professional development for teachers and students. I currently teach astronomy, geology, and meteorology at a community college; I make regular visits at public schools teaching students science; I also run a nonprofit organization that offers professional development for teachers.
Besides merely helping you understand the content, you'll understand the application of the science and hopefully transfer your understanding of the process of science to everyday life.

If you really want to understand the topic, you have to do more than memorize terms; it takes asking questions and challenging your understanding by working through scenarios. My interest in science didn't come from classes but experiencing the world firsthand and then looking for answers. Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Boulder, CO 80302
In-person lessons
Science:
Astronomy,
Geology

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Astronomy

My Master’s degree is in Earth Science from the University of Northern Colorado (2007). My thesis was astronomy based: An Archaeoastronomical Study of Inca Monuments in Peru. For this work I used a theodolite (transit) to survey Inca monuments in an attempt to understand if they were building some of these elaborate structures because of the natural astronomy that existed. This is my sixth year teaching geology (Physical and Historical), astronomy 101 and 102, and meteorology at Front Range Community College: Boulder County Campus (Longmont, CO); I have taught AST101 nine times and AST102 six times. I am the co-developer of the innovative astronomy teaching style called Kinesthetic Astronomy. Between 1999 and 2007 I worked on various NASA and NSF grants related to space science education; in these roles I developed lessons, offered professional development for teachers, and led workshops for the public. I am the founder of an educational nonprofit that offers professional development for teachers in Earth science.

Geology

My Master’s degree is in Earth Science from the University of Northern Colorado (2007); most of my coursework was geology. This is my sixth year teaching geology (Physical and Historical), astronomy, and meteorology at Front Range Community College: Boulder County Campus (Longmont, CO); this semester I'm teaching Physical Geology and Meteorology. I spent three summers working for the Colorado Geological Survey completing the field work necessary to create three 7.5 minute geologic maps in Northwestern Colorado. I am the founder of an educational nonprofit that offers professional development for teachers in Earth science.

Western State College
Outdoor Leadership
U. of Northern Colorado
Master's

Education

Western State College (Outdoor Leadership)

U. of Northern Colorado (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mike will travel within 30 miles of Boulder, CO 80302.