Paul Needham here – and I’m excited to introduce you to one of the teachers I work with, Megan Raesemann. Megan shows real strengths in Promoting Positive Climate, especially the way that she builds strong relationships with all students on her grade level. Read below to learn more about the great things going on in Megan’s classroom.
What organization do you work for?
What grade-level and subject do you teach?
8th Grade Science
Where did you attend college and what was your major? List all that apply.
I attended Florida State University (BCS National Champs- GO NOLES!) where I majored in Communication Science and Disorders, minored in Family and Child Science, and received my certification in Developmental Disabilities.
What attracted you to teaching?
I was attracted to teaching through my work with Teach For America as an undergrad. While I grew up in a low-income household, education was never a question for the children in my family. It was a question of WHEN we went to college, and not IF. I believe that opportunity and work ethic should be available to all kids in all zip codes. I love working with children and empowering them to create their own futures as my family and teachers did for me.
What is the best part of teaching? What is the most difficult part of teaching?
Without a doubt, the best part of teaching is the kids. Day in and day out, they are the reason I come back to work each day. The relationships I have formed with my students have touched my life in ways I couldn’t even imagine. I didn’t realize how much love could come from an 8th grader! The most difficult part of teaching is the pressure I feel for the kids’ success and their futures. It is challenging when the success of 90 children is dependent on your performance at work every day. Your classroom is a reflection of you and if you aren’t on point, it is absolutely evident in the attitudes and performance of your students.
Describe a successful teaching strategy that you use in the classroom. How does this impact your students’ achievement?
Quiz Quiz Trade is one of my favorite strategies to study vocabulary. I integrate vocabulary into every lesson, and I truly think it has made a difference in my students’ achievement. Simply being familiar with the science terminology can help a student feel comfortable with the content during assessments or discussion. Quiz Quiz Trade is a great warm up activity to get them moving, engage them in the material and set their minds for the rest of the class period.
When you are not working on closing the achievement gap, what do you enjoy doing?
Running, cooking, and spending lazy Sundays in bed watching my favorite TV shows.
What three words would you use to describe the experience of participating in Teaching Excellence?
Supportive, consistent, TErrific!