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6-8 | Science & Tech | Hands on activities
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My Classroom Innovation
My vision of exemplary science teaching is creating an environment that immerses students in an authentic learning experience that they will never forget. I believe in creating units that are authentic and based around valuable learning experiences such as labs and field trips. Then, I add humor, storytelling, music, games, manipulatives, brainstorming, movement, reciprocal teaching, visuals, technology, artwork, journals, and other brain-based instructional strategies. For each unit, I have written a song to help with student learning. These songs are recorded on three CD’s called Sing-A-Long Science. I have co-authored a book with Marcia Tate called “Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites”, emphasizing brain-based learning. I have been privileged to co-teach with Marcia at workshops and I’ve presented her “Tate’s 20” strategies to teachers around the country. I have made good use of a television studio located in our school. I have written many grants and won teaching awards that have helped to upgrade the studio to a digital format. These awards include The Time/Chevy Teacher of the Year 2002, Disney Middle School Teacher of the Year 2004, USA Today All Star teaching Team 2006, and a Comcast Grant. TV has proved an excellent teaching tool! See my web page: www.wphillips.com.
How Students were Engaged
All of these experiences build up in my students to create passionate, caring people that learn to love school and learning. My students stay after school often and occasionally have to be told that it’s time to go home. Service projects such as recycling and television productions add meaning, novelty, and need. At the end of the school year, my seventh graders are often in tears during a video slide show reflecting on all of their accomplishments and experiences. Students become active participants in their learning and construct new knowledge through open-ended investigations. This is what I call emotional learning.
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