Monica Pelayo

Hi! I am currently a student teacher in San Diego, CA. I'm finishing my semester in a 6th grade classroom then moving onto kindergarten. I am excited to teach science in relation to real-world situations and engage students in the world around them.

Recent Posts by Monica

Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:36 AM in Science Humor
I don't have any jokes myself but I love this idea. I think interacting with students in a humorous way shows them that you don't take yourself too seriously and lets them know they can trust you with their successes and their mistakes. It is a great way to build rapport with students. 

Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:25 AM in Advice for Elementary Lessons on Heredity
I completely agree! Using something like animals would let students really observe differences without offending anyone. It's also much easier to see the differences in genetics in different breeds of dogs. 

Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:13 AM in Electromagnetism for high school
I think part of what helps students learn is how excited they are about the concept. To engage my students with the idea of electromagnetism, I asked them to investigate how mag-lev trains work. To understand, they needed to develop an understanding of electromagnetism. This made the more ready to create a deeper understanding of the concept. 

Recent Public Collections by Monica

Maglev Train Collection

5 Resources

A collection of resources to allow students to investigate how the Maglev train works using magnetic fields and lack of friction.

Can Trains Really Float?
Type: Journal Article

The Magnet Derby
Type: Book Chapter