A MASTERMIND MEMBERSHIP
Upon earning a graduate degree in chemistry in 2006, I entered the workforce only to realize that lab life wasn't for me. In 2010, I finished another graduate degree -- this time, in curriculum and instruction -- and began working as a second-career science teacher for a cyber charter school in Pennsylvania. I've worked remotely, from my home, for this school ever since.
Nine of those years were spent trying to figure out how to be the teacher I wanted to be in a learning environment that was so new, so different, and with such unique challenges. Though student-centered learning was always at the heart of my intentions, l leaned on and tried to continually tweak basic lecture and questioning strategies.
At the end of the 2018-2019 school year, I was beyond frustrated. Engagement was so bad that students barely said "hello" when they joined class, and I felt like I was reading a script three times a day. I couldn't ... I wouldn't do it another year.
I spent that summer studying and emerged with a plan to make the switch to active, student-centered learning which involved creating an entirely new curriculum of lessons and assessments. I now sell these resources in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, and I started a blog to share how the decision to make this transformation saved my teaching career and inspire others to do the same.
You Can Make The Switch To Student-Centered Learning Faster and Easier Than I Did!
This professional learning community of like-minded educators
(NOT hosted on Facebook)
will be richer and more beneficial than any PD you've ever experienced!
Here, you'll be able to:
learn from and comment on the lesson plans and strategies I'll share through regular live meetings containing valuable content each week.
reflect on what you learn about student-centered instructional design and active learning for science classrooms through guided prompts.
interact with science teachers from around the world.
swap stories, experiences, and ideas related to creating and executing superior, innovative, student-centered learning experiences in your own science classroom.
find inspiration and expert perspective each and every day.
It's just as much about supporting one another to fulfill our collective mission
as it about gaining the knowledge we need to transform our individual classrooms.
Valuable Content Shared Every Week
Each month will feature a different lesson, and each week’s
live discussion will focus on a specific aspect of planning:
Week 1, Study Strategy:
Take a deep-dive into intentional instructional design, the how’s and why’s of each element in the lesson plan. PLUS, get a copy of the lesson plan to use as a template or in your classroom!
Week 2, Dominate Differentiation:
Watch as I demonstrate how to differentiate the active learning experience to produce 2-4 alternatives.
Week 3, Level Up Literacy:
I’ll emphasize the Common Core standards, disciplinary literacy skills, and how both are strengthened by activities throughout the lesson plan.
Week 4, Technology Tutor:
Web-based programs used to design, deliver, or assess the planned lesson will be demonstrated.