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Teaching Middle School Science with Mrs. Mattecheck

In this video, 1st year Middle School Science
teacher, Mrs. Mattecheck shares her experience teaching at the Academies of
Math & Science – Flower campus.

 

Video Transcription:

My name is Nichole Mattecheck and I teach Middle School Science at AMS Flower.

 

What makes AMS Science special for me as a first-year teacher coming to AMS has had a lot of positive impacts on my teaching career. I think there's a lot of really good like routines, structures and policies the AMS has in place that I think really help a first-year teacher to have a place to start. There is a lot of support for and that's helped me figure out my teaching style and how I’m going to be in the classroom because I didn't have to build it from the ground up, I had like a starting point.

 

For science specifically, something that is unique about AMS is that the curriculum has a structure to it and there's a pace to it, but you can have a lot of freedom within it as well. I can implement as many labs as I want in a week which is really awesome because doing labs and being very hands-on in the science classroom is, for me, the essence of what it's about. So having that freedom to get to do that is great and to able to adjust when my students didn't get something, I can go back and reteach something before I move on. So not having to follow this super-strict curriculum enables you to just go with the flow of it and help your students to really master the concepts. You're not forced to move on which is a benefit to it.

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About Academies of Math & Science (AMS):

AMS has been providing award-winning STEAM curriculum throughout the state of Arizona for nearly 20 years. Our tuition-free schools provide scholars with the best educational experience in the study of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. 

 

At AMS, we believe that through a well-rounded education, we can transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s global visionaries.

 

With 9 state-of-the-art campuses in Phoenix and Tucson Arizona along with our 100% online virtual academy, AMS is providing word-class STEAM education to over 6,000 students.

 

Academies of Math & Science is a tuition-free open enrollment educational network. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about AMS, feel free to complete the contact form and one of our friendly and knowledgeable Enrollment Specialists would love to offer you assistance.

 

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