"A Bear in his Cave"

Something that you want us to know about you or something about you that is interesting
I’m an eco-nut, if you cannot find me, it’s because I’m out in the wilderness.

Education & career goals
My goal is that I want to be the best science teacher ever, I am currently going after a MA and might peruse a PhD after that.

What brings you joy?
Joy to me is many things: my daughters giggle, my friends company, peacefulness.

My greatest fear?
Greatest fear is being all alone in the middle of a Lord of the Flies situation.

Did you ever experience a time when something was extremely difficult to learn?
Yes, I am slowly going deaf so I have always been a visual learner when people just talk and talk I do not simply understand them as well as I could if I read their words.

Explain that time and how it made you feel.
It’s extremely frustrating, especially when people think I’m ignoring them when I cannot hear them.

How might this piece of your history help you connect to students with learning differences?
I know and understand people learn in different methods.

What do you want to gain from this course?
How to make my science class more inclusive.

Introduction to topic:
I chose to research inclusion in science because many people do not understand this subject including teachers and parents. Many people erroneously believe that science is about memorizing famous scientist and their main research, when in fact, it is about a unique and effective way of thinking: the scientific method.

The top 5 things I learned:
  1. There isn’t a lot of focus on science education when it comes to students with disabilities most is focused on math and language arts.
  2. Science is one of the best subjects in which to include students with disabilities in the general education classroom.
  3. Inclusion in a science classroom can help children with special needs and those without bonding opportunities where the entire class becomes more amiable.
  4. Understanding the scientific method can benefit all students and is more about a specific way to think instead of what to think content wise.
  5. I am going to LOVE having children with special needs in my science classroom. What once was a source of worry has become a needed resource that I will enjoy thoroughly.

Top resource:
http://www.sesd.info/ - Science Education for Students with Disabilities.
Superb webpage that offers resources, strategies, and information about IEP’s in regards to Science education. - (5 of 5)

Additional resources:
http://www.catea.gatech.edu/scitrain/kb/FullText_Articles/Teaching%20in%20Inclusive%20Classrooms.pdf - (4 of 5)
http://www.k8accesscenter.org/training_resources/scienceandstudents.asp - (4 of 5)
http://www.ericdigests.org/2000-2/science.htm - (3 of 5)
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1540-5826.2011.00343.x/full - (5 of 5)
http://www.scienceworksmuseum.org/ - (3 of 5)
http://www.nsta.org/about/positions/disabilities.aspx - (4 of 5)
http://www.iep4u.com/science.htm - (5 of 5)
www.internationalsped.com/documents/(9)NillyLesley.doc - (5 of 5)
http://wolfweb.unr.edu/homepage/crowther/ejse/haskell.html - (5 of 5)