Building a Foundation for Teaching – My Story

Still relevant — shifts in the first 10 years of teaching

Renovating My Classroom


This is an accounting of where I am in my practice, how I got here and where I hope to go.  This is not a how-to but simply my story.   I will use the work I have done in Physics 11 for my examples.  I have done similar work with Science 8, Science 10, and Physics 12 – each are at different points in the process depending on when I was teaching them.

I am not very good at subtleties; I need things to be explicit.  I think this is true of many of our students.  So what follows is my ongoing attempt to be more explicit, both for my benefit and for the benefit of my students.

Early YearsCopyright Matt Chan

My first few years of teaching were those of survival; similar to that of many new teachers.

I relied heavily on the textbook and resources given to…

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About J Martens

Educator living in Vancouver and working in SD37 Delta. Supporting Numeracy while learning how formative assessment, literacy, inquiry, and technology serve to improve learning and increase engagement (for teachers & students).
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