Teachers love teaching science but the planning for it can be overwhelming and with such an emphasis on literacy, in many schools, science gets set aside as a specialty. Teachers need resources that are already planned for them, use low-cost materials, and integrate literacy into science activities.
This is why I create informational text passages with my science units so that teachers can easily integrate ELA standards and science standards in a way that is meaningful and interesting for the students.
I have lots of experience in creating a curriculum. When I was a young teacher we had outdated science textbooks if we had any at all. I began using my science background to create my own labs and inserts for interactive notebooks. I then expanded to create entire units that were integrated with informational text passages that I wrote myself. Other teachers begin asking to use my units and that is how I got started creating science resources.
I have been teaching for over 34 years! I have a K-12 license and I taught elementary for a number of years. I have also taught Science Methods at two universities in their Professional Teacher Education Programs. My Master’s Degree is in Curriculum and Instruction and I just love creating science resources that are aligned with the NGSS and Utah SEEd standards.
Along the way, I completed some research on interactive notebooks which I presented at several conferences and I won two awards for it. One award was from the Center for Scholastic Inquiry and the other was from Utah Valley University Engaged Learning Conference.
In 2019 I was also honored to win a Faculty Excellence Award at Utah Valley University.
In 2019 I also spoke at the Teachers Pay Teachers Annual Conference on creating Standards-based resources.
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