Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
I'm an American, originally from the Midwest, but I've lived and taught English in Thailand now for 33 years. I love teaching and discussing the art of teaching, as well as getting new ideas to bring to my classroom. My hobbies are reading (I'm mainly a fiction addict but also enjoy memoir), water color (I'm VERY amateur!), and spending time playing mindless Facebook games like Bejeweled Blitz and Cafe World!
I believe that everyone can learn and that attitude is a major factor in success. I try to get my students to focus on what they CAN do rather than what they can't and to always challenge themselves. I try to keep the atmosphere in my classroom relaxed; we need to feel comfortable with each other to work together in a teacher-student partnership There are times when I feel direct instruction (teacher led) is necessary, and times when students will learn best by independent work or tackling things as a group.
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.