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Eric Brown,
NSF Teaching Partner

NSF GK-12 Project: Western Washington University
Catalysts for Reform
URL: http://gk12.wwu.edu

Partner School: Kulshan Middle School,
Bellingham WA

Degree: B.A. Elementary Education, Edgewood College, Madison, WI

Years Teaching: 5

Graduate Fellow Partner: Michael Peterson

How will you continue to integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership with graduate students into your teaching, philosophy, etc.?   
With an emphasis on inquiry based instruction, the "Thinking to Learn" summer institute provided a framework by which I could inform the basis of my classroom instruction. Together with my graduate fellow, Mike Peterson, I have set forth in planning instruction by which students are engaged in learning by answering focus questions through relevant data analysis. One particular challenge is manipulating the resources and traditional classroom approach to allow students to become more self-directed. Mike and I have collaborated in creating structures (unit organizers, self assessments, lab procedures, etc.) that are sustainable additions to the Science classroom.

How has the GK-12 experience changed you, and how has your participation changed the GK-12 project?   
The GK-12 partnership has prompted rich dialogue in how to develop student understandings of scientific concepts in a self-directed approach to inquiry in the classroom. Having a graduate fellow in the classroom provides opportunities for reflection as we assess, evaluate, plan, and teach content and process to the students. Often, we reconstruct our approach and practices as we seek to provide meaningful and challenging experiences for all students. Many of the instructional strategies we are implementing are shared at GK-12 seminars where more reflection and sharing takes place. Additionally, as a new Science teacher, the experience of having a guest scientist in the classroom has put me on the "fast track" to understanding how to approach student misconceptions in the content. In exchange, sharing experiences in teaching and learning theory has resulted in meaningful discourse with the graduate fellow.

Profile date: March 2007
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