Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Workshop 6 –
Special Considerations

The work of these teachers will be featured during Workshop 6:

Name: Raquel Jacobson
Experience: 6 years
Grade & Subjects: Seventh-grade earth science
Demographics: Urban school requiring admission test
Classroom: Approximately 150 students; multi-ethnic
Science Teaching: 42 minutes, 3 days; 30 minutes, 2 days. Use of lab room scheduled one time per week
Curriculum: Representative middle grades earth science curriculum, with textbook as a guide
Other: Undergraduate and some graduate study in Geology; MEd in Teaching and Curriculum

Name: Jean Huff
Experience: 19 years
Grade & Subjects: Grade 3; all subjects
Demographics: Elementary school in a suburban city
Classroom: 22 students; 15% special needs; 10% ESL
Science Teaching: Three times per week; approximately 120 minutes total
Curriculum: Specified by district
Other: Master's degree in elementary education
Teaches in an "open" school

Name: Donna Fosberg
Experience: 22 years
Grade & Subjects: Grade 5; all subjects
Demographics: Elementary school in a small city/rural district
Classroom: 25% Native American; 25% Mexican American
Science Teaching: Approximately 6 hours weekly
Curriculum: Teachers are given the freedom to make choices in an integrated curriculum

Name: Dotty Herd
Experience: 23 years
Grade & Subjects: Grade 6 and several Grade 7 students; all subjects
Demographics: K-8 school in a rural district
Classroom: 25 students, varied economic background
Science Teaching: Approximately 5 hours per week
Curriculum: Currently from the Tennessee Valley Project; previously built around objectives for state standardized test

Name: Audrey Sturgis
Experience: 13 years
Grade & Subjects: Grade 8; Science and Social Studies
Demographics: Middle school in an inner city setting
Classroom: 3 sections; 90 students total; 90% African-American and Hispanic
Science Teaching: 90 minute sessions on alternate days of the week
Curriculum: Developed by the teacher
Other: Third year teaching middle grades
Background is in social studies and elementary education

Name: Elsa Olmedo
Experience: 15 years
Grade & Subjects: Two kindergarten classes, each 2 1/2 hours; all subjects
Demographics: Elementary school in an urban district
Classroom: Bilingual classroom (Spanish)
Science Teaching: Approximately 2 hours weekly
Curriculum: Specified by district

Questions to ponder before workshop 6:

  1. In this time of increased diversity among children in the areas of culture, gender and learning abilities, how do you think your classroom reflects this change? Have you had to change your teaching style? If so, how would an outsider notice the changes in your classroom?
  2. What are the learning issues facing children with language barriers? How do they present themselves in a classroom?
  3. How do girls approach science activities? Do you notice any behavioral issues between girls and boys ? Should girls be taught in separate sections for science?
  4. What strategies have you found successful with diverse groups of students?


Generate a list of items that could be included in a student's portfolio. If you wish, bring a sampling of your favorites.


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