I teach science because I am passionate about the discipline, the numerous branches, how they intertwine and ultimately encompass all facets of our life, both living and nonliving. I believe a teacher is most effective when they are genuinely interested in their subject area and are equally invested in the growth and development of their students. Personally, I wasn’t lucky enough to have wonderful science teachers until I was in university studying graduate level biology courses. It was at that point I realized I was on the right path.

I realized that teenagers need to have their interests sparked, curiosity developed, and they need to be taught science in a non threatening and fun way. I hope to break the stereotype of science being a confusing subject filled with too much information, or too many complex words. The teacher has a powerful role in influencing their students interests, passions and calls for action. I take full ownership of that role.

Herbert Spencer, a sociologist who applied Darwin’s theory of evolution to social sciences, once said “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” I choose Spencer’s words as it is my hope that my students not only become interested in science but they take their knowledge and do something with it.

My classroom is inquiry based, filled with problem solving and hands on experiments. I provide my students with a great deal of content and support them with background knowledge. Ultimately, I strive to build their critical thinking and problem solving skills that they can put to use throughout their lives.

Science is a discipline that is ever changing, growing and filling lives with curiosity. In my teaching I strive to instill these characteristics into my students as they grow into contributors of our society. The teacher has a powerful role in influencing student interest and passion, which can spark young minds toward a call for action. That call may be a crucial component to a student’s development, and can help them change how they view themselves, their peers, or the world.