One huge part of the 8th grade science curriculum is physics and so much of it is skill based. However, understanding physics goes beyond just manipulating formulas and collecting data. Simply knowing how to calculate velocity, acceleration, work, and energy problems is only relevant if it is learned alongside the real-world contexts. So additionally my students are going to be watching some video clips, including this Roadrunner vs. Wile e Coyote cartoon. Can you spot the different kinds of energy that happens in the clip? :)
Then 2007 @ a random Apple store…and Now 2010 @ Halloween 2010.
"A good friend is hard to find, hard to lose, and impossible to forget."
These good buds of mine have been in my life since my college days. We randomly met through Circle K, an organization aside from its community outreach is able to gather a random group of people and personalities. Fortunately, it brought these people into my life! A few years later, post-graduation, these good friends are still in my life and even though none of us, live in the same zip code as each other, I can depend on them to be one phone call or message away.
And this connectedness is true of all friends and spans time - even if they come and go in my life, my “friends” were at some point in my life invaluable. Time and distance do not change that.
Welcome to my blog- the ramblings of a newbie teacher adjusting to the trials, challenges, and triumphs of entering the teenage profession. As of now, there will be some entries that may be a private and some that will be shared with the world.
And onto the actual blogging part of this first entry- two of my all-time favorite quotes:
"Getting things done is not always what is most important. There is value in allowing others to learn, even if the task is not accomplished as quickly, efficiently or effectively."
— R.D. Clyde
This has been one of the greatest lessons I have learned through student teaching and my beginnings of a new a teacher thus far. Students are learning constantly. Even if they do not reach the end of 40 problems of math, or even 12 trials of collecting data, they are still learning, growing, and shaping their working knowledge. Certainly, it would also be easier for both the teacher and the students for the teacher to guide them step-by-step through the process. However, most of learning’s joys and achievements develop through being allowed to make mistakes, do trial-and-error and to sound scientifically nerdy, build the neural pathways in our brain through practice and experience. (Was that a major hint that I have a science background and have adopted that as my current teaching subject?). As a teacher, then the most meaningful way to teach and allow others to learn, is not what is easy- it is what is necessary.
Part Deux- A shoutout to David Cook’s song, “The Time of My Life.”
"And I’ll taste every moment and live it out loud/I know this is the time, this is the time to be/ More than a face or a name in a crowd/ I know this is the time, this is the time of my life/ The time of my life."
The last few years have certainly been a whirlwind of hesitation, risk, challenge, curiosity and personal growth. And has landed me here- the stage for the next part of my life. I will certainly have the time of life and taste everything that teaching has to offer and learn from my students, more than words can say.