Do you love learning? I do.
I've always been curious about meningitis (an infection which causes a swelling of brain tissue), so after teaching for five years I went back to school to get a masters in biology to better understand why people die so quickly from the disease. In college I joined a research team that was studing Neisseria, the bacteria which cause meningitis. In the lab we compared the DNA from disease-causing bacteria to that of regular bacteria to see if there was a difference in the genes used for attaching to human blood. Even though our research did not find any differences, it was thrilling to attempt to figure out something new about the unknown... and for me it still is.
These days my research focuses on what helps and hinders learning science in teenagers. From teaching over twenty years I've seen teens aren't much different from learners at any other age. We all tend to learn best from experiences that are current, relevant and allow active participation. It is also important to take the time to reflect on what we've learned and share these reflections with others.
And so our focus this year will be to learn together first by sharing experiences, making observations, collecting information, testing what we believe might be true and then sharing our findings with others.
I look forward to learning with you!