Aisha Ashiru

My name is Aisha which means 'living' or 'lively'. Thus, I respect and appreciate the diversity of life- humans and all, that abound us, and like to liven up the day of those around me with a warm smile. I love math and science. My first degree is a major in Animal Science, Agriculture. My second degree is a Master in Education from the University of Toledo Ohio completed in 2013. I am a relatively new teacher, haven taught for three years so far. My most interesting experience has been in teaching science to grades 3 through 8 everyday at the Islamic School of Greater New Orleans, also in teaching math to grade three in the first year there. My experience with grade three students has been phenomenal. I enjoy having students engage in hands on activities and love to see their 'aha!' moment when they get tricky concepts right. I engage my students in major science projects. I am married with four children. Someday soon, I intend to pursue my doctorate in science iA.




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Sat Jun 11, 2016 4:31 PM in Starting new STEM lab next year...
This information was helpful. Thanks for the preferred links provided. Aisha Ashiru

Recent Reviews by Aisha

Sun Jul 31, 2016 4:26 PM
Integrating literature into science has been a desirable idea, and now, I see myself implementing it conveniently. I have had my students take samples of rocks from the science lab and observe them to create a relationship of the types of rocks, and learn about rocks and the rock cycle. But what I like most about the articles, is the structure created in the learning- the engagement of the students in viewing and handling of rocks, then exploring, or going to find their rock samples to observe after reading a trade book on rocks. Making their classification of their rocks found, and telling their story of how they think the rock might have formed. This is done after students have been provided with rock terminologies that can equip them in their story telling. I have now learned new ideas to add to my lesson. I had never read a story or used a trade book as an introduction to my lesson, and I see this as a good way to set the students' imagination going. Their learning is enhanced by them going outdoors to find their own rocks to write stories about. students begin to ask questions and then record, then investigate on what their answer could be. This strategy will definitely bring excitement and true engagement in their learning since students will be doing a variety of activities which are hands -on and more engaging. physically and mentally.

Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:12 AM
5 Is anything really new under the sun?
It is interesting to realize that the 5E model of 'engage, explore, explain, evaluate & elaborate', adapted by BSCS, was originally described by J. Myron Atkin and Robert Karplus, and has been in existence even before 1962. I had initially thought it was a relatively new concept. I like, in the article, the way BSCS restates that the origin of the 5E model's focus was first start as research based . I tend to wonder how, why and when our education system, skipped the first two 'e's and jump to starting with explanation most times. Knowing the why and how' will help avoid a recurrence over time , I presume.