I'm really looking forward to working with everyone as we begin a new year.There will be a lot of positive and exciting changes. We will once again be teaming which will afford us many unique opportunities to work with kids both in our content areas and in collaborative team building activities. Our team name is Team Celebr8! We look forward to celebrating learning throughout the year.
This will be an exciting and challenging year for me personally as I move to the 8th grade and begin teaching a new curriculum. I look forward to the the change and challenges it will present. Although I have taught 8th grade before it was a long time ago and a lot has changed since then. Our curriculum will focus on physics, chemistry, genetics and the environment.
Regardless of the material being covered the goal this year is to have the kids leave science being able to problem solve and think like a scientist. Inquiry and discovery are the keys regardless of what we are studying. Problem solving and critical thinking are the main skills we will be working on. I will be attempting to approach this in the classroom by meeting individual kids were they are and working from there with them. I will employ a variety of teaching techniques in order to try and meet the needs of individual learning styles.
Thanks in advance for your help this semester and again, I'm looking forward to a great year.