What I love about teaching is making a difference in somebody’s day/life. Each and every student has such a unique background with their own amazing personality. I love connecting with the students and hopefully making a difference in the way they think, act, involve themselves, etc…
I graduated from UW-LaCrosse in 2005 with a teaching degree (1-8) and a science emphasis. While teaching, I then returned to Carroll University and graduated with my Master’s in Teaching and Learning in 2008. I taught for one year in Arizona, then returned home and have been in 6th grade science at North Shore Middle School since 2006.
In my class, we have a curriculum, IQWST, which is based on discovery. Students learn scientific principles and science/literacy/math standards through activities, labs, and exploration. I hold very high expectations for my students insisting that they are professional 6th grade scientists and how they write in Comm Arts is how they write for me. We learn how to pull information from our reading, how to respond and solve problems, as well as the “rules” of science. We cover a unit on Physical Science (light and sight), Chemistry (odors), Life Science (creatures), and Earth Science (how water shapes our Earth). Throughout all science classes at the middle school, they will learn how to respond as scientists to our Claim/Evidence/Reasoning format for report writing. Each year the expectations for the reports get higher as we prepare them for high school.