Chemistry Teaching Exercise 2

Briefly describe or draw a picture to represent your philosophy of teaching chemistry.

What do you believe in an important part of being a chemistry teacher?
I believe a critical aspect to teaching chemistry effectively is to develop lessons to encompass the theory of Bloom’s 8 intelligence. To do this a teacher will need to understand that their students do not all naturally look at the world and see it not the way I do and to understand that non math analytical type minds have the ability to still understand chemistry if given the opportunity and nourishing environment.

How will you want to run your chemistry classes?
I plan to incorporate relevance into the chemistry curriculum by allowing student freedom to chose context and help them to uncover the chemistry. It is also important that I act as a guide rather and not tell. Although I am not sure of the viability I think in 7-10 science I would want to develop an integrated science approach and move away from units of science topics .

What is it that you want your students to learn?
I would like my student to learn that there is a way of explaining the world and everyday processes using chemistry ideas and processes. This language of chemistry could help students to analyse components of their life and be able to critically assess to make positive choices.

How will you go about this?
Apply relevance, develop curriculum to include all intelligences and learning styles. Be open to questions and to demonstrate and allow students to undertake investigations and critique media. As a teacher continue to learn and develop my chemistry understanding as well as pedagogical content knowledge. Work with experienced teachers and have open dialogue with peers and science education industry and institutions.Remembering that being chemically enthusiastic (or reactive) can be contagious.

About Sarah

Currently teaching in Collingwood College as a science and outdoor education high school teacher. After a huge 2020 I have decided to change direction and later in the year plan to undertake a coding bootcamp... After training to be a teacher via a Diploma of Education and Masters in Chemistry via thesis on the effects of bushfire on receiving water bodies (Gippsland 2002-2003) at Monash University Clayton Campus, Melbourne, Australia I have been teaching in Secondary schools in Melbourne including Sophia Mundi Steiner School . I have been an active member of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA), represented Australia at the world Canoe Polo Championships, am keen on other sports: netball, basketball and road cycling. I am a keen gardener and owner of chickens as well as a German Shorthaired Pointer and mother to four children. Life is busy but I would not have it any other way!
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