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What a Typical Day Teaching Middle School Science is Like at AMS

Middle School Science Teacher, Mrs. Mattecheck shares what it’s like to teach at the Academies of Math & Science. She teaches 6th, 7th and 8th grade science at  the Academies of 
Math & Science – Flower.

 

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I teach three different classes, so everyone is doing something different. I try to do a couple of labs a week and that varies from a super-cool lab like dissections or like the balloon lab we did today. But in a typical day, I teach 6th graders twice every day and so we will usually do a more non-lecture-style lessons, because I don't really lecture that much, but it is the lesson, so you had to take notes on these things, you need to know these things. So then, you can have this lab where you're applying all this knowledge, you have these laws written down and now you get to see them work.  So that's a typical day for my 6th graders.

 

Then with my 7th and 8th graders, we have a similar structure but it's for the whole week so we will usually do the lessons at the beginning of the week, and then we'll apply that knowledge in the labs at the end of the week.

 

Each grade has their own pacing guides that they're focused on. I teach the biology and chemistry portion of it and then there's the physics portion of it that another teacher covers. So for me, I get to teach genetics and heredity and I get to teach the basics about everything that they will learn more in-depth in high school. Which is awesome, because in my experience, when I was in Middle School, I didn't learn everything. I didn't learn chemistry in middle school and I didn't learn physics in middle school. But here, they are getting a taste of that they're getting exposed to it which is great because I think the more you hear something in science, the more it's going to stick eventually.  Therefore, hearing it in middle school and then hearing it again in high school is going to help them remember it more, and retain that information.

I get to do as many labs as I want, I get to do dissections and field trips; “the sky's the limit!” My admins are super supportive so they’re always on board with whatever crazy idea I want to do. We have a class pet and I get a incorporate that into the lessons anytime I want and we're going to get more class pets… so that's what makes me excited.

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