Maria Fleyshgakker
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A word from a lurker.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Maria Fleyshgakker Sep 21, 2010.

 

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Tell about your involvement in education, and your ideals for collegial sharing
I have been a HS Science and Math teacher for over 20 years, but it doesn't feel too long :) especially after I started using computer for my instructions :)
I work in the Bronx NY, observe my students grow and become adults, and can't get over how talented and gifted all of them are :) With the use of computers the students got a chance to show their creativity and independence.
So my ideal would be a school where every student can have a chance to find their individuality and purpose. Every student should have a say in his or her own program.
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Why I Choose Black and Green Colors

I have been teaching Environmental Science since 2002. With this subject the longer you teach the greener you get :):):)
The green lights are LED, the lights of the future, they do not use much energy, do not emit any carbon oxides, and do not get hot :)

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Is "clean" from the past still "clean" today?

I get up in the morning; make myself a cup of coffee. I don’t make my bed, never did. It’s nobody business if my bed is made or not. You don’t like it, don’t look into my bedroom. Nobody will suffer if my bed is not made. I have completely different attitude towards my garbage. My garbage is everybody’s business. The more garbage I produce the less space is there in the landfill for you.



How did it happen that I started to care about garbage? I started to teach Environmental Science… Continue

Posted on February 14, 2009 at 4:38pm — 4 Comments

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At 12:32am on July 26, 2009, Ellen Pham said…
Got it! Thanks, Maria... I didn't know what that button was for... thought it was to fast forward to the end : D
At 4:05pm on July 25, 2009, Ellen Pham said…
Hey Maria, you should add your Parenting Plus blog address to your profile! It is great. I added it to my RSS feeds : )

Keep writing!

PS I would love to read a forum specifically about PBL...
At 10:33am on June 19, 2009, Connie Weber said…
and I forgot to say, THANKS! So glad you're sharing thoughts! So good to hear from you.
At 10:33am on June 19, 2009, Connie Weber said…
Hi Maria,

I read what you wrote on the "what are you doing right now" forum. Wow--lots of thinking going on. You and I are thinking about the same things, too, the Problem-based learning approach.

You wrote, "I decided to share this idea with others because we all are talking about inquiry method, project-based learning, problem solving and case study, but it is so hard to create even one really good and really inquiry based project that will help the kids to learn the basics of science, math, history or all of them together and gain the skills of a lifelong learner. How should you start? Where would you get your ideas? How do you know that what you have is better and relevant, not the usual stuff repeated again under a different name?"

I love the ideas you suggested, of having the students have a lot of choice in what gets explored--and starting with questions.

I've been doing a lot of experimenting with PBLs over the last year, and plan to rev it up even more next year (and it'll be easier because I'll have a class network, so we can post ongoing work).

There's something curious, appealing, interesting, and difficult about PBLs: if they're real explorations, as in students unleashed to search freely along lines of their own investigations, you never know where the studies are going to go. For one thing, it won't even be clear that the "discipline" will end up being the same. I mean, students could have a science question on something like invasives and the "demonstration of the learning" that they do might end looking like economics. Or sociology. So my learning is that these explorations can't--and shouldn't be--blocked-in, boxed, contained, pre-defined.

Are you finding that to be true?

Interesting to think through the assessment piece of PBLs. And the standards-thing, too.

Maybe we should start a discussion forum and dig into some of these questions.
At 3:44am on February 17, 2009, Ellen Pham said…
Hi Maria! My beautiful daughter lives in Brooklyn, she is a film maker looking for work : ), also my beautiful baby. I love the section of Brooklyn she is in; it is still a real neighborhood. So nice to see you here!
At 11:31am on February 16, 2009, Laura Gibbs said…
Hi Maria! I don't have time to reply to your wonderful examples in that Metacognition discussion (today is going to be crazy busy), but I just wanted to thank you for all the nice things you are sharing here at the Ning (I loved the post this weekend about the messy bedroom and the clean earth - I never make my bed, except when my mother comes to visit, ha ha...) Anyway, I am so glad you are sharing your ideas and experiences with us here. I think I would really enjoy being a student in your classes!
:-)
At 5:01pm on February 1, 2009, Connie Weber said…
Hi Maria,
I asked Susan Santone to join Fireside and she said she might soon, feels very busy right now will all she's got going.
If you feel inspired to do so, please share some of your ideas and work, also the links you find useful and inspiring. So glad you're here!
At 8:35am on January 29, 2009, Connie Weber said…
Hi Maria,

So good to hear about your work. Hey, I wondered if you know Susan Santone? I'm very impressed with what she's doing. She has a wealth of great resources to share and also is a wonderful speaker.

Here's her site, Creative Change.

I just invited her to Fireside. Hope she comes! She'd be a great resource for us; we can all exchange ideas for our mission of helping students to understand the environment--and be activists and problem-solvers.

BTW, have you seen the discussions on children and nature awareness on Fireside?
At 4:20pm on January 28, 2009, Connie Weber said…
Thank you for your very kind comment, Maria. Please know we're glad you've found a home. Put up your feet by the fire... Continue sharing your thoughts!
I'm curious whether you can get outside in NY to do some urban environmental studies--have you tried?
Environmental education is one of my favorite things. In the summer, I run a Farm Camp, with kids outdoors all day every day. We explore the woods, watch birds, track coyotes. Fun!
What aspects of environmental education do you especially love teaching?
At 4:20am on January 28, 2009, Or-Tal Kiriati said…
Hi Maria, I am very glad you joined us. I like the LED design.
 
 
 

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