- Instagram Project: A day in the life of student teaching
- For my Instagram project I wanted to tell the story of me as a student teacher. I wanted to capture my students in the midst of their learning while engaging with science at the same time. I also wanted to show what I do outside of the classroom to stay engaged with education and continue to be a lifelong learner of science.
- Day 1. On this day I was able to take my students outside and create geologic timelines using chalk. The kinesthetic movement mixed with the genuine shock of the magnitude of earth's life created an environment of wonder and inquiry in my students. This activity was a major success.
- Day 2. On this day my Marine Biology class was tasked with creating neutrally buoyant plankton using everyday products. Their failure and frustration mixed with the "fun" they had while doing it kept the students working hard and not accepting anything less than success.
- Day 3. On this day, my Biology students made Human DNA strands. While the 9th graders were reluctant to make contact with their classmates, they (for the most part) kept smiles on their faces and were able to effectively create the nucleotides.
- Day 4. On this day I was no longer in front of a class full of students but became the student myself. Along with several hundred other educators and administrators, I was able to learn how to more effectively implement the Next Generation Science Standards into my classroom.
- Day 5. On this day I was able to take my Marine Biology class to the Buena Vista Lagoon. We heard from experts about bird migrations and conservation efforts at the Lagoon as well as take a nature walk to identify native and non-native species.
- Day 6. During my day off from the classroom, I spent my time in another type of classroom: the great outdoors. Getting out into nature is my favorite way to both unwind and connect with the content I am teaching in my classroom.
- Day 7. On this day, I spent a few hours collecting "specimen" for observation in my classroom. I was planning a lesson on our native Southern California habitat: the Chaparral and wanted to collect samples to show students to model the plant's adaptations to drought and fire.
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