In case you are wondering about who I am and where I come from...
I graduated from CSU Sacramento in 1993 with a Bachelors in Biology and Psychology, a minor in Anthropology and Introductory Physical Science and a Teaching Credential. Whew. My peers thought I was nuts, not because I had so many teaching subjects, but because I focused my student teaching on Middle School. My adviser thought I was confused when I insisted on doing my Phase 3 student teaching in the junior high. Everyone insisted.. "no one WANTS to teach junior high". But I did!
It takes a special breed to love middle school kids. It is a difficult time of transition for the kids: physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. I am proud to be in that rare group who loves working with junior high kids.
Because of my degree in Psychology, I have some "different" views on education. I spend a great deal of time considering different student learning styles and intelligences. Many of the lessons and activities I look at are all about incorporating different tools and modalities. At the time of my educational training, portfolios and authentic assessment were the big buzz words, so I also naturally turn to alternative forms of assessment. So, don't be surprised I when I take a path less traveled.
I am currently finishing on my Masters in Educational Technology. I may have started the program as a digital immigrant, but I think I have gone native. Our technology is changing amazingly fast and our students are out there in that digital world. It is essential that we keep up and examine the changing capabilities and tap into this new potential. Although this may be one of the most challenging times to be a teacher, it is also one of the most exciting as we transition into this e-world. Keeping up with the digital natives and leading others across the digital divide challenges us all.
The staple of my daily life is teaching Life Science to 7th graders and AVID to 8th graders at Foothill Farms Junior High in Sacramento Ca. I am kept pretty busy since I tend to wear too many hats (MESA, AVID, Science Fair, etc). To see more about my teaching (good and bad) you can see my class activities on my school website:
I look forward to learning and sharing with all of you.