Jim McDonald

I am a Professor of Science Education at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. I was raised in New Jersey and that is why I am a lifelong Yankee fan. I was an elementary teacher and Middle School teacher for 10 years in Byron and Concord, California. Honors: I was named Michigan Science Teachers Association College Teacher of the Year 2013. Online Schools Michigan named me one of the Top 25 education professors in Michigan for 2012. Teaching: I teach elementary science methods to elementary pre-service teachers. I also teach graduate courses . Involvements: I am the faculty advisor for the NSTA preservice chapter at CMU. I am also the Director of the Central Michigan GEMS Education Center which was founded in January 2005. The Center hosts workshops for teachers and pre-service teachers; a Super Saturday math and science program for children ages preschool to fifth grade (three sessions twice per year).




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Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:11 AM in Behavior and Classroom Management
For behavior and classroom management, you might want to look into the books by Harry Wong called the First Day of School. It has a lot of good tips in it.

Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:10 AM in Classroom organization
I think that Betty makes a good point, that as a new teacher you cannot do it all at once. It will take time. I think Harry Wong's book First Day of School is a good one to learn organization for teachers, bot new and experienced.

Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:07 AM in Robotics
Holly I would look into what Legos has to offer. I would also look into NASA Explorer Schools and its website. They have a lot of good resources. Jim McDonald