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Mr. Taylor Blinding us with science
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Monday, September 10, 2018
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I asked our resident science teacher Mr. Taylor the following questions for our weekly spotlight. These are the questions I asked:

What is your favorite thing about being an educator?
What is the thing you like the least about being an educator?
What are you and your students doing in class right now?
How do you keep your students engaged? Or, what is your students' favorite part of the activity?
What challenges does your current activity present for you and your students?
What is your greatest accomplishment so far this school year?

These are his answers:


1. My favorite thing about being an educator is the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
2. and 3. As a science educator, my least favorite thing is the cost of equipment. The coolest stuff cost crazy amounts of money, so it can be exciting and disappointing to look through science equipment magazines; however, we did receive a 3d printer this year, so my class and I have been brainstorming on creative ways to use it in class.
4.  I use lab activities, class projects, videos, cooperative learning, and 'turn and share' techniques to keep students engaged in the lesson. 'Turn and share' is much like how it sounds, where students are instructed to write down their ideas then share them with a neighbor to further discuss and understand their ideas about the current subject. I find that students are more willing to speak up and share their ideas with the class once they have first shared with one of their peers.
5. Current challenges for this year have been reviewing prior knowledge so that we can apply it to the new content we are learning. For example, we have been reviewing the periodic table, atomic theory, universal forces, and nuclear energy just in preparation to learn about star formations and their life cycles.
6. Well, it's early in the year, so I guess my greatest accomplishment thus far would be establishing trust and rapport with my students. I find it important to start with this so that it can continue to grow and maintain throughout the school.

A Barnhart


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