Teach Science and Math Together?

Posted on February 02, 2012

Twenty Tidbits for New Teachers

Teachers around the world are gearing up for the new school year but the experience is going to be vastly different for new teachers. Where an experienced teacher has the knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, medications a new teacher is going to be bombarded with tons of new info and the need to process it! Not to mention, they will be preparing for the most important piece of all: their classroom instruction.

In no way, do I want to add to the burden of the already-filled-to-the-brim, new teacher stress bucket. I do however, want to share just 20 tidbits which I hope will help ease new teachers into a fun, successful school year. Some of these will be in the form of social media tools, which I think are awesome, and wish I had had as a newbie. And each little tidbit is linked to a resource which I hope you will find supportive.

1. Seek Your Passion!

As a new teacher this may be the farthest thing from your mind. But… it’s the real reason you wanted to be a teacher in the first place. I recommend that you consistently keep in mind what your passion is as a teacher. Read The Passion Driven Classroom by Angela Maiers and Amy Sandvold. It’s all about the role passion plays in our work, our lives, and our classrooms. Grab a copy and take time this year to read it.

2. Be a 21st Century Educator

We all hear this term so often around the web… but what does it mean? Visit this wiki for an easy read about what it means to be 21st century educator. It has great resources to take you further in the journey, when you’re ready. Be sure to view the video at the bottom of the wiki home page.

 3. Build Relationships

As you begin your first year, building relationships with grade-level buddies and others at your school site is critical to your success. Don’t be afraid to reach out and let them know that you are eager to get to know them. You also want to seek out your administrators and begin to build a good relationship. Encourage them to get to know you, too! This also includes the most important relationship: the one with your students and their families. You are central to their lives now and your actions will play a big role in all they do this year — you can count on that! Read this article and begin thinking about how you will build trusting relationships with your school community.

4. Communicate

How you begin to communicate with your student’s and families is truly a reflection of your commitment to them as their teacher. Communication now and throughout the school year is so important. It’s vital and essential that it’s on-going and creates an environment of collaboration — with parents as your partners in this journey. Take a look at teacher Pernille Ripp’s example of first-time communication with students’ parents and get a feel for how you might get started.

5. Collaborate

6. Get a Mentor

7. Ask for Help

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Author: Lisa Dabbs, Edutopia
How to Creatively Integrate Science and Math

How to Creatively Integrate Science and Math

Why is the sky blue? I remember in my physical science class, side effects our teacher showed us a possible reason why the sky is blue. He took a canister of liquid oxygen and poured it out on the table. I saw the blueness of the liquid as it flowed out and then disappeared. Then we talked about color, capsule frequencies, shop and absorption, reflected and radiated light. I wondered how scientist ever figured these things out? Duh — math! How can you really teach science without math? It is impossible. Science is the application of math.

In math class one of the biggest needs is relevance. Why not use science to teach math?

 Author: Ben Johnson, assistant superintendent

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