Tara Spitzer-List

I am a science teacher in an urban, Title I school. While doing my certification I worked as an aide in a 6:1:1 classroom for students who were on the autism spectrum (high functioning) and another classroom for students who were classified emotionally disturbed. Since I became a teacher I have taught Earth Science, Biology, APES, and middle school. I am now working with students who are in our district taking classes online, either for acceleration or to make up credits (both extremes). I also run this teaching related Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1352669391435622/

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Recent Posts by Tara

Mon May 15, 2017 7:44 PM in ELL and Biology
What level are your students? I have found resources that focus on pictures and diagrams to be very helpful. Are they expected to test in their own language? Or in English? what are their levels in English? These might be helpful http://newyorkscienceteacher.com/sci/pages/esl/index.php

Mon May 15, 2017 7:40 PM in Teaching Science Online
Difficult in what sense? I am teaching science online. I think it has to be supplemented with some hands-on labs as well, but it can certainly be successful.

Mon May 08, 2017 8:18 PM in Moon phases
The moon is very interesting, but the phases seem to be one of the more difficult concepts for students to understand. I think because it is abstract, and very spatial. Some students can see it, and some just have a hard time visualizing. I don't spend a lot of time on the names of the phases, but the process/concept. I usually have the most success with Styrofoam balls where one side is bl...