What I’ve learned about teaching...
Some people make teaching look easy. With one look they can render a room of twelve year olds silent or keep students spellbound listening to a lecture on the Magna Carta. These are the teachers students write sonnets and odes about. I’m not one of those teachers.
I've had to work at becoming a good teacher. As a kid I never imagined myself as a teacher. I was into technology, so I got an engineering degree and a tech job. It wasn't until I joined the Peace Corps and got my first taste of teaching that I realized I liked working with kids. I’ve learned a lot over the past 25 years of teaching. I still haven’t perfected the ‘teacher look’ but I have developed a knack for creating fun and interesting activities for kids.
Over the years I have created activities for video, coding, animation, and electronics among other STEM topics. I try to keep my activities short, easy to learn, simple to find materials for, and most importantly fun. I truly believe that if you can peek a kid's interest in something, they can learn almost anything.
At this point in my career I would like to start sharing some of what I’ve learned with other teachers. I hope to make STEMbits a platform to share activities and ideas with other teachers. If you are interested in learning more about these activities, or (even better) want to work with me to create and develop fun STEM activities for kids, please write to me at STEMbits@gmail.com.