Bryan Mahaffey

My name is Bryan Mahaffey and I am currently a senior at Kent State University where I am studying to become an adolescent science teacher. I am currently placed at Streetsboro High School where I will be student teaching freshman physics, chemistry and earth science. My goal as a teacher is to provide each student with their own unique learning experience while promoting respect, integrity, and fellowship among their peers. I am originally from New Philadelphia, Ohio where I graduated from Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School in 2014. In my free time I enjoy visiting historical sites, golfing and going on walks with my dog Cooper.




Kent State University

Recent Posts by Bryan

Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:48 AM in Is what I'm teaching important?
Gabe, thanks for the advice. I will try to approach these topics from a different angle when the time comes.  Thanks, Bryan

Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:30 PM in Bad Grades
Gabe- Thanks for the reply. I like the idea of having the students rewrite the questions they did poorly on/ modifying them to suit their strengths. Also, as a teahcer I do need to be more conscientious about the outside factors that can negatively affect a students performance. I feel like when the time comes to make these decisions I will be perpared and aware of these factors. I always appr...

Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:17 PM in Is what I'm teaching important?
I know I asked this question various times when I was a student. At the time, I couldn't understand why we were being taught something and sometimes when I'm teaching I don't know why I'm teaching what I'm teaching.  This sounds bad but I do believe some of the content we are required to teach is unnecessary. I appreciate the philosophical approach you provided for I too have thought of a similia...

Recent Reviews by Bryan

Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:53 PM
4 Citizen Scientists
Being a resident of the “Buckeye State”, I found this article to be interesting. The article opens with Mary Hufford asking Ken Willis a simple question about the buckeye tree in June of 1997. She asked Ken if he thought the species was in danger. Ken simply replied with yes. He cited that the species was yellowing in July, much earlier than what it should be, and the tops of the trees were dying too quickly. Ken solely blamed the problem on pollution. Based on the article so far, I imagined Ken was some sort of botanist or biologist studying the buckeye tree. The article later explained that Ken is just a resident of a rural town in the Appalachian region of the United States. Ken, like many others in the area, were asked a series of questions that were recorded for the Appalachia Forest Action Plan (AFAP). The AFAP’s goal was to ask citizens in this region about biological diversity, seasonal harvesting and geographical changes that have occurred in recent years. The AFAP wanted to understand how ordinary citizens of a region were responding to pollution and climate change. The cite AFAP chose to monitor was selected due to its importance. This area has earned the nickname the “mother forest” due to its rich biological diversity. The article itself was interesting because the field research done in this area was based on the observations of its citizens. The article reflects that ordinary people can be just as observant as professionals in the areas of biology and botany, thus granting these citizens the title of ‘Citizen Scientists’. This article shows the importance that everyone has on the natural world around them. It allows ordinary people to understand that without their observations and insight many problems may go undetected and therefore unsolved.