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My name is Brooke Bartels. I am going to be student teaching starting in January. I am excited for the new adventure. I will say I am nervous to teacher science because I have always found science to be a complicated subject to teach. Are there any pointers anybody can give me going into student teaching when I start teaching and hit the science subject?
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I agree with Mary. You will learn as you go and that is the art of teaching science; trying to make concepts simple so you can build on them. I am super excited that you are nervous a little bit because that means you are excited about teaching science. Science is engaging and it is not ELA. My STEM team has a running competition to see who can find the best use for science textbooks. We use them for ramps and holding up the leg of a table, etc. My best advice is to look on the forums, ask questions on specific content, use the Explore All Resources tab and build a library for yourself so that as you find things, you save them to use in the future. Use this site: http://ngss.nsta.org/
and you can send personal emails to members here that you feel can give you advice tailored to your needs.
Good luck and welcome!
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Hi Brooke --
My best "pointers" would be to relax and enjoy the curiosity and innate enthusiasm children have for learning about their surroundings. You can learn with them (this is true for experienced teachers, too). Your mentor teacher will be a good source of pointers, too! Good luck!
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