GK12
JOSHUA NIELSEN NSF Teaching Partner
nielsejo@d25.k12.id.us
School:
Franklin Middle School, Pocatello District 25

Years Teaching:
Eleven years

Degree:
B.A. Education - Majors: Social Studies, German

Graduate Partner:
n/a

Special Accomplishments/Interests:
Some special accomplishments include: former EMT, Fulbright scholar to Japan, extensive travel to places like, China, Australia, and Europe. I am a licensed mountain guide for Sawtooth Mountain Guides. I enjoy running, reading, and various activities with my son, Scott.

How will you continue to integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership with graduate students into your teaching, philosophy, etc.?
I plan to continue integrating my experiences with GK-12 in many ways. Throughout the year my fellow has been designing lessons and Power Point presentations that will be accessible to me after she leaves. My plan is to use these same presentations in future years. I have always had an interest in life-long learning. Having had an actual scientist in my classroom to elaborate on current scientific trends, discoveries, practices and methods, has given me a new, more focused approach to some of my lessons. I have adapted my own philosophy to better incorporate the scientist's way of approaching a topic - through the scientific method. I now have a number of resources at my fingertips as well; contacts at the university, access to tools and materials, grant writing practice, website resources, LEGO robotics models, etc. I will be participating next fall in the program as well, with a focus on LEGO robotics.

How has the GK-12 experience changed you, and how has your participation changed the GK-12 project?
I think the most apparent affect on me by the GK-12 project has been the effectiveness of two instructors versus one, and how planning lessons synergistically has so much more potential to reach students. Two minds are better than one! It has been fun having Milana teach. Students have received a different perspective. Not necessarily a better one, just different. However, not being a scientist I'm certain there have been gaps in a student's education, because there was something I couldn't give them and my fellow could. I think I have added a number of things to the GK-12 program as well. My perspective on teaching and learning - and the importance of presenting information in more than one manner or mode. There are many types of intelligences and ways to learn. GK-12 fellows don't necessarily have the teaching skills needed to do this. I believe I have given this perspective. I'm also enthusiastic about the program, which is a must.


Profile date: April 2007

fellow

JOSHUA NIELSEN
nielsejo@d25.k12.id.us