Merlyn Joseph

Currently excited to be a part of the Teacher Licensing Program at NEIU. I am working towards getting endorsed in Biology (Secondary Education). I am first generation Indian-American, and I knew I had a liking for science back in 2nd grade when my teacher Mrs. Davis encouraged me to grow my own pea plants as we were beginning to learn about plants and how they work to harvest energy in photosynthesis. Honestly, I remember being constantly "struck by curiosity" and bubbling with questions. Eventually, I could get never get enough of the process of demystifying the rules of nature or engaging in science. Then in Ms. Kurpiaski's 6th grade science class, I remember how much I enjoyed dissecting my very first earthworm, crayfish, fetal pig, and frog. She always knew that when I had a scalpel in my hand I couldn't be disturbed. Then as high school approached, I knew I had to take more science classes, and expand on my knowledge in other areas of science like chemistry and physics.

Location

IL

Affiliation

Northeastern Illinois University, TLP



Recent Reviews by Merlyn


Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:09 PM
5 Culturally Relevant Teaching
I enjoyed reading through most of the resources in your collection. Maybe have more categories with distinct sub heading to give readers more guidance on your thought process behind picking a particular resource. I felt that you reinforced Vygotsky's theories on teaching culturally charged lessons. I appreciated the rich and diverse set of articles. From teaching strategies like implementing symposiums to empower students to become experts while developing research skills to submitting a paper and then presenting as a class is an interesting approach to making students aware of how scientists actually talk. I also enjoyed the article about the values of teaching eastern scientific perspectives along with plants. There is something special that happens when a teacher is able to identify with a students cultural backgrounds and use that knowledge to show how interdependent scientists are by nature. I would definitely try to find unique ways to not just teach science but to see where there are similarities so everyone feels valued in the classroom. There was also a review article that I found interesting to read. Overall great collection.


Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:59 PM
5
Thanks Marissa for sharing such a rich and diverse set of resources on Classroom Culture. Although I did not read all of the articles in this collection, I managed to read about 4 in total. I feel that understanding our students cultural backgrounds is often undervalued and overlooked. Great job tackling this complex top from multiple perspectives: talk, beliefs, presentations, etc. I felt that the symposium idea is very interesting and well explained. Also the article on how Hinduism practices can provide students with eastern perspective to science was my favorite read so far. I was not expecting to find examples of specific culturally responsive teaching and it was a pleasant surprise. Only thing I would do next is perhaps break up this fine collection into more categories so that major themes are easier to distinguish.


Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:59 PM
5
Thanks Marissa for sharing such a rich and diverse set of resources on Classroom Culture. Although I did not read all of the articles in this collection, I managed to read about 4 in total. I feel that understanding our students cultural backgrounds is often undervalued and overlooked. Great job tackling this complex top from multiple perspectives: talk, beliefs, presentations, etc. I felt that the symposium idea is very interesting and well explained. Also the article on how Hinduism practices can provide students with eastern perspective to science was my favorite read so far. I was not expecting to find examples of specific culturally responsive teaching and it was a pleasant surprise. Only thing I would do next is perhaps break up this fine collection into more categories so that major themes are easier to distinguish.