I always liked the thought of teaching and getting that “lightbulb” moment from students. I’ve always been interested in the weather and
atmosphere but I knew that I wanted to do something with
teaching. For the last 10 years I’ve been working for a
conservation organization. I wanted to go into my first desire which was teaching, read about
the museum program in the newspaper… And I was so stoked and right away,
was like, “Yes!” One of the most, you know, “Is this real life?”
kind of moments is your first week here for orientation. In addition to just the exhibits,
we were getting tours of back behind the scenes. After that we were in the classrooms
as a co-teacher. We did two placements. It gave me two very different perspectives,
two very different schools I feel that my teaching style has
now become more versatile We get to see how schools differ – not just
based on location, but how they operate. My first day I was planning lessons, grading – so it really gives you that
experience of just throwing you in there, but still having
the support of a mentor teacher to watch out for you The second summer of our program is called a science practicum, so we worked quite
a bit with the curators. It was so amazing to go out with a rock hammer and collect a rock whether it was from
Orchard Beach in the Bronx or, um, Black Rock Forest and, sort of look at
it, examine it, make our guess as to what the rock was and
then hand it to one of the most eminent geologists in the world and hear what the answer was. I’m not only learning pedagogy but I’m also
still being connected to the science component which was something that was
important to me because I feel like that helps to build a more well-rounded and a more
enriched experience. I’m not just teaching to the regions now,
I’m also equipped with actual science that’s going on in the field. The Museum has provided me with a lot of support and a lot resources
to become an effective Earth science teacher.