WHO IS RALPH SIEGEL? Introduction to Teaching & Curriculum: Science
Life Before The MAT ProgramEducation Stuyvesant High School Brooklyn College – B.A. Biology (1979)Work Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Stay-at Home Dad (15 years)
Teaching Experience Currently a permanent building substitute teacher W.T. Clarke Middle School in Westbury, NY GreatSchool!! Substitute in all grades (6,7,8) and in all content areas; the school makes an effort to place me in science classrooms
Teaching Experience cont’dW. T. Clarke Middle School was named a 2011National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Departmentof Education. The Blue Ribbon Program honorsschools whose students achieve at very high levels.
Teaching Style & ApproachStudent-centered, inquiry-based approach that willencourage the student to take an active role inhis/her science instruction.Teaching, for me, is all about Connecting curriculum to the real-world experiences and interests of young people Connecting my own experiences to those of my students Connecting the knowledge and experiences of my students to each other.
To Engage and Motivate Make the classroom an inviting and fun place to be! We have to model enthusiasm and interest in the topics we teach! Students are motivated to learn when they are engaged and having fun with science (remember Andrew Fairchild’s crime solving project?)
21 st Century Technology Technology can be used to encourage and support student engagement and curiosity. PowerPoint Excel Concept mapping Google sites – wikis, websites You Tubes Simulations & animations of science processes Pictured here, DNA replication
My Family-Centered Life Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY Live in the town of Plainview on Long Island, NY Two amazing sons, 17 and 22 Wife, almost as amazing (just kidding), is a lawyer working in New York