Teaching Science through the Development of Models

In both my Physics and Chemistry classes I use the curriculum and pedagogy developed by the American Modeling Teachers Association.  Please take a look at the article below to learn more about this method of teaching.  For more information visit the American Modeling Teachers Instruction Website or visit my How I Implement the Curriculum page for examples of using Modeling Instruction with Technology.

Why Technology isn't Always the Answer

While technology is a great tool and resource it is critical for teachers to realize that technology itself will not transform your classroom or your student learning.  See this great video below about the Effectiveness of Science Videos.

My Education Philosophy 

Education Philosophy Paper

This Doc is written in the form of a dialogue between myself and historical education philosophers.  It is meant to illustrate my personal education philosophy.  Click here to see the full screen Doc.

Learning Theory

Support for Education Technology in the K-12 Classroom

In this Doc you will find information about how I would utilize learning theories to develop technology professional development for teachers.  To create an effective professional development I believe that it is important to draw from multiple learning theories as well as consider the fact that a technology tool in itself is not going to transform learning or teaching.  It is important for teachers to have a clear learning objective first before they try to incorporate technology into a lesson.  To create an environment of sustained learning and innovation I also believe that it is critical for teachers to collaborate in a Professional Learning Network.  Click here to see the full screen Doc.

Project Based Learning

My goal is to incorporate more Project Based Learning in my Biology courses.  See the infographic below for tips on using Google Apps for Education in Project Based Learning.  See my How I Implement the Curriculum page for an example of how my biology students created a lesson to teach first graders about cells.