Ian Ashland

Purdue University Mechanical Engineer. Several years of work experience as a product development engineer at a medical device company. Transitioning to teaching as a physics educator at the secondary level.




Indiana University Secondary Transition to Teaching

Recent Posts by Ian

Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:31 AM in Making Conservation of Energy Fun?
This is a two part post. First, I am currently student teaching physics at the high school level. My teacher is amazing with the content and the students but I am not too thrilled by the teaching style. She has asked me to teach a short lesson over conservation of energy which will be after a lab. My questions: -Do I follow her teaching style because it is her class or do I go my own way? (To be ...

Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:21 PM in Halloween and the Periodic Table
Sorry. 8th grade general science class is my target audience for this one.

Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:19 PM in Halloween and the Periodic Table
I am student teaching and have been asked to teach an introductory lesson on the periodic table. The catch is that I am teaching on Halloween AND I am going to be observed by my university sponsor as well as the school's administration. I am looking for something that is authentically engaging but still fun for the kids and hopefully related to the holiday. Any suggestions? I apologize if this has...