Having the opportunity to get to know my students as individuals, not just as chemistry students, makes me excited to work at EHS. Their interests, activities, goals, and how they see the world can be a useful tool in understanding the concepts I’m teaching. An artist can appreciate what compounds make different colors and how we see color, and a budding chef may see the importance of limiting reactants and activation energy.
The most difficult thing for most students to learn is how to study and what methods works best for them. It might be writing and rewriting notes, reading their notes verbally, pneumonic devices, color coding, or some combination. At EHS, I have the opportunity to work with students individually and try to help them determine a way of not just memorizing, but understanding and being able to apply new concepts and techniques.
I’m willing to be as crazy as needed to have an idea stick. I will bounce off walls like atoms in a gas or do quantum leaps across the room if it will help a student connect that image with a concept. Laughter keeps them engaged.