Hi educators!

Welcome! My time in and around the classroom centers around my role as a science educator at a high-achieving, low-income charter high school in northeast Los Angeles, where I focused on developing and executing engaging, rigorous, and social justice oriented curriculum. For more info on my background, see CV or LinkedIn.

resources

I have, at various times, been asked to provide instructional resources to colleagues. Here are some of them, free for reasonable and non-commercial purposes. These resources range from documents on teacher-mindset and classroom values to specific worksheets. All documents are intended as a place to begin building lessons that fit the cultural realities of your classroom community.

I've explained the documents minimally. I welcome questions via email.

1. vision and mindsets

After struggling through my first year teaching, I invested energy in defining the mindsets I brought to the classroom and what I wanted my students to be saying about my class at the end of the year.

I also defined 3 "core values" to frame learning and expectations: joy, grit, and professionalism. (For a summer classroom at CTY, I chose joy, community, and ingenuity.) I articulated what should be happening at the beginning of the year ("T explores student interests"), throughout the year, and when the values are being fully exemplified ("S articulates that science is interesting for its own sake").

The document is a largely unedited artifact from 2013. Other educators have shared the explicit nature of this reflection and focus on these core values has been helpful in their own professional development, particularly those coming from the Teach for America pipeline.

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2. digital literacy tools

I believe that teaching efficient and responsible ways to navigate technology tools in an academic setting is an essential piece of the K-12 classrooms [1]. The resources below focus on foundational skill that I identified as gaps in my high school students, like touch typing and sending professional emails. As with any academic skills, scaffolding instruction carefully and spiralling intentionally throughout the semester or year is key.

  • pdf, docx - Bookmarks of useful keyboard shortcuts (please customize)
  • download - Introduction to email writing, student worksheet
  • download - Outside of communicating with their teachers effectively, how could I empower my students more extensively? This two day lesson asked students to develop a "good" (rigorous, on-topic, fascinating, scientific) question. Then, they found a research scientist whose research interests overlapped with that question, to whom they drafted an email. Student documents, slides used, and sample student emails + responses are included.
  • download - Introducing Excel functions by analyzing class performance data on a unit exam; averaging columns of data three ways

3. labs and dissections

Coming soon.

This page is under construction.