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The New Science Teacher: How to Survive and Thrive!

Posted by Colleen Cadieux on Jun 9, 2012 5:36:00 AM

The New Science Teacher webinar airs Thursday, June 14!Join us on Thursday, June 14 at 4 p.m. as we prepare you for the trenches in K-8 Science with Marygrove College Master in the Art of Teaching’s Charles Pearson, Ph.D.

If your new assignment for fall happens to be in science or you’re finding yourself lost in the ever-changing science education standards, this webinar is for you. We’ll give you some practical advice that can help you take a deep breath and dive into an area that is truly fascinating—and fun to teach. All it takes is a little organization and creativity.

It has been a known fact for quite some time that science teachers experience greater job dissatisfaction and are more likely to leave the teaching field compared to other subject area teachers. (Ingersoll, 2000) The reasons are also well known, but there has not been much change for the better in the last decade. New science teachers are still over-taxed and under-supported.  Studies show that when experienced or even retired teachers can mentor and guide new teachers, the results are positive.  

Dr. Charles (Chuck) Pearson is no stranger to the classroom. His 30-plus years in education include a nine-year stint as a principal, and almost two decades in the K-8 classroom. As a former middle school science teacher, Dr. Pearson knows all the angles to get students energized and interested in science studies.

He is joined by colleague Haley Hart, a second-year science teacher who established a successful extracurricular science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) club for students at Southeastern High School in Detroit.

Do you have the skill set to be an effective science teacher? Dr. Pearson says every teacher does, it’s just a matter of capitalizing on your strengths. He’ll walk you through some fundamental ways to ensure that you’re giving all you can to your students, and getting the support you need to deliver confident, competent science instruction.

We'll show you how:

  • Networking with colleagues is critical to your success
  • Setting up a management system for materials is imperative for organization and safety
  • Preparing a file for substitute teachers is important to keep quality science instruction in play

You'll learn how to be effective with the most limited resources:

  • Make your own "sink" if your classroom doesn't have one
  • Bring in authentic materials from your yard if budgets are tight

Register for our 30-minute Marygrove MAT webinar The New Science Teacher: Tips and Tricks to Thrive in the Classroom now! Seating is limited, so don’t miss out!

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Dr. Charles (Chuck) Pearson is the Coordinator for the Marygrove Master in the Art of Teaching (MAT) Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Program. Retired from K-12 in 2011, Dr. Pearson earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Cognate in K-12 Superintendency from Western Michigan University. He has several publications in K-12 science to his credit, including multiple presentations for the National Science Teachers Association Annual Conferences around the country. He is a Field Mentor to eight school leadership teams in urban K-12 schools in Michigan. 

Haley E. Hart is a second year chemistry teacher at Detroit Public Schools Southeastern High School.  She is a member of the teaching corps of Teach For America and is pursuing her State of Michigan Teacher Certification from the University of Michigan. She earned her B.A. in biology from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.



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