My master's degree allowed me not only to explore new strategies and ideas for educating, but to expand on already existing concepts and refine my toolbox to become the best educator, mentor, and supervisor that I can be. With a concentration in science and mathematics teaching, I was able to dig deep into the realm of conservation education and create new lesson plans, activities, behavioral strategies, and more to amplify my professional goals. Here you can find numerous projects I developed throughout my graduate degree.
As someone who was admittedly not comfortable using technology in the classroom, Teaching Subject Matter with Technology was a huge learning experience for me. This "vodcast" interpreting different beaks and their uses was one of my first experiments implementing mediums of this type into my teaching.
Much like TE 831, Creativity in Teaching and Learning excouraged me to explore different mediums of educating, whether that be a video, a song and dance, or a relay race. Wanting to dip my feet into technology more, I used iMovie to create this video about the delicacy of food chains and how it it crucial we preserve every part of them.
Teaching Science for Understanding was an excellent outlet for me to create new resources for existing lesson plans. To add to the experience of an already established zoo program, I created this flyer to hand out for audience members to follow along. It's sometimes easy to forget that having such a diverse audience means many different learning levels and previous knowledge bases. This handout is aimed to give an advantage to zoo-goers who may not have a previous background in zoology concepts.
This course encourage me, possibly more than any other course, to challenge my own ideas of accessibility in my teaching. For one assignment, I wanted to amend a lesson to address some of those inequities I sometimes overlook. I created this backyard ethogram as something everyone can do at home. No matter what area you live in, rural or urban, students can conduct this behavioral study with no extra equipment or internet access required.
Engaging Diverse Students and Families was another course that asked me to look deeper into my own privileges and subconscious biases. Coming from a very affluent school system, there were several educational issues I was unaware of--one of them being the school of choice programs and the problems it creates. After learning about the program, I was challenged to write a letter to a superintendent addressing the inequalities school of choice creates and how as a whole it promotes segregation.
Psychology of classroom discipline allowed me to refine my skills not just as an educator, but as a supervisor as well. My job of course is to educate the public about wildlife, but also to train seasonal education staff how to effectively do the same. When asked to revise a lesson plan, I chose to make some amendments to my employee training program. My goal was to not only making it more fun and engaging, but to hopefully address some recurring behavioral issues in the process.