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Secondary Science

It must have been my week for observations at the secondary level. I am feeling overwhelmed by middle school lately – my observation is middle school, the Science Stars program is middle school, and my own kids are in middle school. It was time to move up a level and learn more about older students.

I visited an urban high school, pictured above, on Friday and was fortunate to observe three different science teachers – two Chemistry teachers and a Physics teacher. The Chemistry teacher who hosted me was amazing and I took many notes about her classroom and her interactions with students. I even got a chance to practice “the look” on a student who challenged me while the teacher was out in the hall talking to another student. This class was pretty wild and I was actually a bit nervous when she stepped out; immediately, the other student involved in the disruption used the “N” word in a comment made directly to me, I raised my eyebrows and looked at him pointedly, he hastily rephrased the statement, I thanked him for making the correction, and went back to helping another student. That was a bit of a confidence boost.

At the school where I regularly observe, I visited an AP English class where the students were presenting their own version of hell after reading No Exit by Sartre. These fantastic students were enthusiastic, articulate, very creative, and welcoming.

I also observed a Physics laboratory there. It gave me hope that the eighth grade students in my regular observation classroom will grow into calm, mature upperclassmen. Eighth grade students can barely stop talking, let alone sit still – it’s like a watching a perpetual motion machine. The students in the Physics lab were organized; funny in an understated, more cerebral way; and executed a fairly open-ended lab investigation with skill and confidence.

I wonder where I will end up teaching. I’ll be certified for grades seven through twelve which is a huge range in both science concepts and student temperament.

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