I’m Patty Williams, and I’m excited to introduce you to one of the teachers I work with, Stephanie Laumen. Stephanie shows real strengths in Reaching All Learners (TE Rubric Indicator), especially the way that she differentiates products and content for her students. Read below to learn more about the great things going on in Stephanie’s classroom.
What organization do you work for?
I work for YES Prep.
What grade-level and subject do you teach?
8th Grade and 6th Grade Science.
Where did you attend college and what was your major? List all that apply.
I attended the University of North Texas, and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. I studied studio art and sculpture and had a minor in women’s studies.
What attracted you to teaching?
I was greatly influenced by a handful of my teachers from high school. I initially went to college with the intent of teaching high school science.
What is the best part of teaching? What is the most difficult part of teaching?
The best part of teaching is learning from students. Those youngsters can really change your perspective. The most difficult part of teaching is teaching five class periods in a row with no restroom break!
Describe a successful teaching strategy that you use in the classroom. How does this impact your students’ achievement?
I really enjoy doing hands-on teaching. During our chemistry unit, we used Mega Blocks to create a manipulative explaining balancing chemical equations. Students used specific colors to represent elements and had to create combinations that matched on both sides of an equation. This helped my students make the connection that while the sides may not look identical, they did have the same components, thus making them balanced.
When you are not working on closing the achievement gap, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy cooking–it is kind of science in itself. And let’s be honest, I really enjoy the eating part that follows the cooking.
What three words would you use to describe the experience of participating in Teaching Excellence?
Rigorous, eye-opening, and supportive