Name three strengths you have as an educator.
- Curiousity: I want to know how things work, and why. This leads my students and I to some great discussions about the world and things in it! I believe this drives my ability to connect what we learn about to the “real-world”.
- Connection: I love high school students! Their humor, drama, craziness, thoughts, and lives intrigue me!! I will spend time just chatting with students, connecting with them an their lives, just because I want to know them better. Many students have said that I’m a better counselor than the school counselor (not sure about that one, but could just be that I’m a woman and he’s not). By connecting with students like this, I feel like they are more willing to “buy in” to my crazy ideas and new teaching methods.
- Crazy: I am so proud when students introduce me as their “crazy science teacher”. I can’t think of a greater compliment! I know that the students enjoy my antics, and that my craziness is actually helpful in learning the information I am presenting to them. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t do it! I love being energetic, exciting, and a little bit crazy when presenting, because nothing is worse than being boring (other than not learning).