Wayne State University (Science)
Wayne State University (Master's)
I am a passionate Physics and Chemistry teaching professional with dedication to continuous professional development, communication with parents, accurate student assessment and providing relevant course materials for effective learning. I have taught and tutored Chemistry and Physics in the Birmingham Public school district for the past 16 years.
Science instruction is about far more than a chapter in a textbook or the next standards based lecture. There are multiple teaching methods that I use that will actively engage students in their own learning. Carefully planned laboratory experiments, real world investigations, inquiry based understanding, and performance based study units are several methods that I use to ensure students are mastering science concepts while remaining active in the learning process.
As a highly effective science teacher I employ a variety of assessment methods to ensure that students are learning within the science instruction. I use both formative and summative assessments to determine student understanding of the standards, mastery of skills, and areas that require reteaching. I also implement performance based assessments, rubric scoring of classroom or cooperative work, and student self assessment as additional ways to discover what students understand.
Based on the data collected from the assessments, I adjust instructional goals, plans, and teaching strategies. After all, the purpose of assessment is to modify and shape instruction. This feedback may indicate that an entire class is struggling with a single topic, requiring systemic reteaching. Or a teacher may find that a group of students would benefit from a targeted instructional intervention to support the science instruction.
The world of science education doesn't exist in isolation behind a set of classroom doors. Instead, I am continually seeking ways to connect the science instruction to other subject areas and real world experiences. The integration of math and science is a given as the two subject areas complement and rely on each other for true student understanding. But a highly effective science teacher will also find connections to writing, social studies, art, reading, or athletics. These connections may be the trigger for students to fully engage in and understand the relationship between the science concepts and other content.
As a highly effective science teacher I am just as committed to my own learning as to the learning of my students. Staying current on instructional topics, as well as exhibiting the drive of a natural learner, is critical for high quality science teaching. A science teacher should also understand the most current science discoveries and findings, and not rely on outdated data. This learning may take place in the form of individual research, reading, or participation in professional development and collaboration.
I have had wonderful success helping students with science throughout my career. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss my qualifications with you. Thank you for your time and consideration. I am a passionate Physics and Chemistry teaching professional with dedication to continuous professional development, communication with parents, accurate student assessment and providing relevant course materials for effective
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I tutored Chemistry for 20 years. And I taught 20 years of Chemistry at the high school level. I also have a
BS and a Master's degree.