I began a journey long ago and every once in awhile it comes to a twist or turn. Sometimes it is an uphill climb and sometimes it's like a sweet breeze on a summer day. One thing is for sure, I'm on this journey for life!
The latest twist came back in December of 2010 when our district curriculum specialist passed on some information to my principal about the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Outstanding Math and Science Teachers. If I had come across this myself, I don't think I would have given it a 2nd glance. The application process was quite involved and I was already in the middle of working on my Profile of Professional Growth (PPG) to renew my National Board Certification. With the prompting and support of my principal and the curriculum specialist, I decided to complete the application process. After all, it was due well before my PPG so I should be able to complete it and have plenty of time left over.
And so it began... a slight bend in the road that would open up new opportunities for my journey as a life-long learner and educator. This blog will be my attempt to document the journey as it unfolds over the next 5 years. Why the timeline? As it turns out, I was selected as a recipient of the award I mentioned above. Where it will lead, I'm not entirely sure although I have some ideas... Colorado and Indianapolis for starters. Colorado in the Rockies with Steve Spangler for 3 days in July. Indianapolis next spring for the NSTA conference. Some of my colleagues will even be able to tag along!
I hope you will join me on this journey. This blog and the other information on my website are intended to help other teachers benefit from my experiences. If you want to make an impact on your students through meaningful, inquiry-based science simulations then you've definitely found a point of reference. Make sure you click to follow this blog so you don't miss a single moment of the journey.