Animals in Winter Part One
Balanced and Unbalanced Forces
First and foremost, I believe in children. All children have gifts and it is our responsibility to find those unique gifts as a way to unlock insights into their thinking, talents, and strengths. Once recognized and acknowledged a child's gift can be used to foster, develop, and enrich other areas of learning.
In my 24 years of teaching, I continue to be amazed by children and their insights, flexibility, and inquisitiveness.
I've worked with children here in the United States, many from Hispanic immigrant families who have shown such perseverance and desire to learn and solve problems. Fostering a climate and culture of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, a good number have gone on to pursue science degrees leading to STEM careers.
Having the opportunity to travel and teach in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and Vietnam I have found such similarities in the faces and minds of all children. Children thrive when given opportunities to expand their thinking, challenge their skills, and learn from each other.
I took my own advice and "hit the send" button a few more times in the last few years. Most recently, hitting that send button has led me to a place I've always wanted to be, but never actually believed I would attain: the editorship of Science and Children, the award-winning, peer-reviewed educator journal for teaching and learning for PreK-5 teachers. This most rewarding position has given me that voice in leading and nurturing elementary science education as I collaborate with authors, reviewers, columnists, and our readerships.
The main purpose of this website is to share some of my travels and experiences working with children, teachers, and administrators in different countries as well as to share quality teaching resources and professional development opportunities for all teachers.
Stay tuned for more educational experiences and teaching ideas!