Posts tagged ‘science education’
It is often in the dog days of summer that many graduate students who are nearing the end of their studies, begin to think about their future career options. Some of these options include post doctoral work, industry research, education and other opportunities that may be completely unrelated to the bench. The dizzying array of choices can make it difficult for students to decide what to do next. As a service to the scientific student community, the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute has put together a series of profiles highlighting some career paths that build on a science background.
If you are thinking about pursuing a career as a science teacher, then you definitely should read Dr. Ryan Williams eyes career as high school science teacher.
Here is a brief excerpt from that article:
The job requirements include the patience of a saint, an elephant’s hide, a marathon runner’s stamina, and Justin Bieber’s ability to hold a crowd, plus the cross-disciplinary erudition of a Da Vinci. With these qualifications you might have the makings of a high school science teacher.
Take it from one former post-doc in the Dennis lab that aiming to teach high school science is not for the faint-hearted. “It’s like being a scientist. You don’t do it for the money; you do it because you love it,” says Dr. Ryan Williams.
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For mos of us, grade 6 is a long-gone memory, not to mention any science that we may have learned so many years ago. But what if your grade 6 science teacher produced a YouTube rap video (just pretend that YouTube and the Internet existed back them) just like the one below. Wouldn’t you have remembered much more? How many more students would have been turned on to science if they had a creative and inspirational teacher like this one? Then again, more people interested in science means fewer jobs….but I digress.
If you are considering getting into science teaching after you finish your graduate degree, take a lesson from this science teacher.
I wish my high-school science teacher was like Mr. Parr!
Shiv Sharma will be looking at tumour antigen expression on breast cancer cells at Robarts Research Institute this fall. He’s not a graduate student or a postdoc. Sharma is in grade 12 and is getting exposure to real-world medical research at Robarts as part of a program called Partners in Experiential Learning, or PEL.
PEL is based in London and is the only program of its kind in Canada. It links high school students with research supervisors in the medical sciences as part of a cooperative education opportunity. Students gain hands-on lab experience, while at the same time earning credits toward their high school degrees.
“I am doing something that my peers don’t have the opportunity to do, that in itself is pretty cool,” said Sharma. “And that fact that I am able to delve into these experiences rather than reading a textbook or copying notes down, really helps to see how things really work.”