Philosophy of Education
Have you wondered:
- What is the picture at the header of this page? What's happening? Why is it happening? And how does this image even form in a telescope?
- What is it like to fall into a black hole? Does the size of the black hole matter?
- What happens if you jump in a rotating space station with artificial gravity?
- Can bullets be "curved" like they are in the movie Wanted?
- Is that scene in Mission Impossible where Ethan Hunt drives off the multi-level parking lot realistic?
- Do cell phones cause cancer?
- Why is cancer so hard to treat?
- Why do clarinets squeak, and why can brass instruments create different notes just by tightening their lips?
- If a ship flew past you at the speed of light, how would it look? And if you were inside the ship, how would the outside universe look?
- How are cell phone apps programmed?
- Who were Albert Einstein or Marie Curie as people?
If you were a learner in my class, these are things we would talk about and much more. I believe students become engaged to learn science when it is presented in a context that is meaningful to them as individuals. I employ a constructivist, engagement-based and problem-based methodology. This means I strive to get learners excited about what they are about to learn, I present them with a problem that needs solving, and I guide students to discovering the answers themselves. To be a learner in my classroom is to experience the wonders of science first hand; to become the discoverer and the experimenter; to build that instrument and test the note frequencies with apps on your phones, to throw a football with a buzzer and hear the pitch drop as it passes you, to program that video game you've been playing on your phone all summer and make additions to it, to read about the history of important scientists, to research the difficulties with organ transplant rejection, to perform the double-slit experiment with a laser, to use simulations that let you control the orbits of planets, and so much more.
I've been a full-time physics, science, computer science and math teacher for ten years. I have worked with countless students from varied backgrounds and abilities, differentiating my teaching to their individual needs for achievement. My teaching is active and involves a variety of collaborative activities.
EDUCATIONAL AND Tutoring Services
I provided one-on-one in-home tutoring specialized for the individual needs of the student, whether you are struggling to pass or want to boost your 93 % to a 95 %.
- Personalized in-home weekly or occasional tutoring for: PHYSICS 11/12, SCIENCE 7-10, MATH 7-11
- Access to my suite of science and physics simulations for education.
- Consultations for teachers for differentiation, how to engage students in science education, problem-based learning, or collaborative learning for science education.