Samantha Ford

Hi, I'm Sam and I'm currently a junior studying Elementary Education at FIU. I plan on graduating in Spring 2018 and hope to teach English abroad for a few years before settling down as a kindergarten teacher. Eventually I would like to attend graduate college so that I can become a school counselor. I am excited to utilize the Learning Center so that I can gain more insight into becoming a well-prepared teacher in all areas of science, as it has never been my strongest subject in school. I believe that it takes becoming engaged and active in your own learning in order to succeed in a new field, so I am ready to soak it all in!



Recent Posts by Samantha

Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:31 PM in Weather and Elementary
Hi Arielle, As a Floridian, I can totally sympathize with you, as it can be difficult to teach young children this concept when they are really only experiencing hot, sunny weather year-round. After I observed a kindergarten classroom for my field placement this semester, I have understood the importance of incorporating weather-speak every day. This means creating fun ways to talk about the we...

Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:25 PM in Science Notebooks
Hi Emily, In my "Teaching Elementary Science" class we kept science journals throughout the entire semester! I think using one direct source of note-taking in science allows students to become organized and consistent in their work, but I think it goes way past just having a notebook they use for science. My professor actually had us divide our journals into sections, for example: "class notes...

Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:18 PM in Technology in Kindergarten
Hi Emily, I just completed my field placement for the semester in a kindergarten class and I think the SmartBoard was the most used and successful source of technology that I witnessed! Utilizing the SmartBoard allows the teacher and student to actively work together in the lesson, and it's a great tool to ensure students are paying attention and involved. With SmartBoards you can project the l...

Recent Reviews by Samantha

Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:41 AM
5 Awesome Collection!
Stephanie, I think it's so great that you were able to find a scipack to go along with your collection. After just browsing through the "Force and Motion" SciPack I can see you are left with such an array of resources to utilize in your teach and make it so successful.

Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:38 AM
5 Great Collection!
Stephanie, I thought you picked fantastic resources for your specific topic. The worksheet you included is a great tool for early learners of the food chain, as it is challenging yet simplistic in nature. I also enjoyed the text "What Does an Animal Eat?" because it was incredibly informative while engaging to the student with the elaborate drawings of each animal!

Recent Public Collections by Samantha

Assessing Students’ Ideas About Plants
Type: Journal Article

Plants on Display
Type: Journal Article