Passionate Pirate Worksheet Assignment 2. Content Passion Scientific method – I love starting my introductory science classes with an overview of the

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Passionate Pirate WorksheetAssignment 2Content PassionScientific methodI love starting my introductory science classes with an overview of the scientific method and critical thinking. I like having them think about what real science is and how its different from pseudoscience. I sometimes have them follow up the discussion with an evaluation of a claim on its scientific basis (like a weight-loss ad)Soil contamination and cleanupMy scientific background is in the study of chromium movement through soil so I enjoy talking about this topic in my Soils class. Students are fascinated and horrified to learn about our nations Superfund sites.Structure and function of the heartAs you can tell from this list, I teach a wide variety of courses. Human Biology is outside of my area of expertise, but I fell in love with the structure and function of the heart and love teaching this topic.

Within your subject matter, what are you passionate about teaching? In other words, of all the topics and standards you teach as part of your curriculum, which are the ones you most enjoy?Professional PassionMy teaching philosophy is to inspire thought and create independent learners. Thats why I test my college students on basic definitions BEFORE a lecture or activity over a topic. I want them to learn some information on their own. This frees up my in-class time to focus on more in-depth topics and helps them learn to teach themselves.Within your profession, but not specific to your subject matter, what are you passionate about? What is it about being an educator that drives you? What ignites a fire inside of you?Personal PassionFamilyAlmost all my free time is devoted to spending time with my family. Im busy chasing after my toddler!WritingIve written several short stories and had a few published in minor publications. Ive also written a young adult novel and am in the process of self-publishingHome improvementMy husband and I are passionate about home improvement. Weve dramatically remodeled every home weve lived in and even successfully flipped a house. Currently, we are slowly (remember the toddler? ) remodeling our 1900s farmhouse.

Completely outside of your profession, what are you passionate about?

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