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Welcome to our back to school week edition of Teacher Feature! We're kicking off our first feature of the new school year by introducing you to Ms. Berg, a 9th-12th grade math and science teacher in Philadelphia.
When Ms. Berg was in the 11th grade, she took a personality test that said she should be a Kindergarten teacher, and that first got her thinking about entering the field of education. Now, as a teacher, she places great emphasis on reflective teaching and actively seeks student feedback. She says, "I always end each module (unit) with a reflection, including suggestions for me. This is something that gives the students real voice. It can be scary to allow students to really speak their mind, but the feedback is largely motivational and positive." Ms. Berg believes the best part of teaching is seeing students grow and improve throughout the year, even if those improvements aren't content-based.
A Peek inside ms. berg's classroom
As a teacher, Ms. Berg sets high standards for her students, so they should expect a lot of work and critical thinking. However, she is very organized and predictable, so if students follow along with the course layout, it's completely manageable for them to get everything done.
Ms. Berg's teaches at a project-based learning school, so there are always "tons of interesting projects in our building." One of her favorite activities was having her students write tweets from the perspective of different characters in a novel.
In the gallery above, you can see some of the final products her students have created for their PBL assessments. Students created the t-shirts to promote environmental awareness, and the papier mâché was for ecosystem models. You can also see cell models created on paper plates!
What advice would you give pre-service and first year teachers?
Take all of the help offered. I know you want to prove you can do it, but it's not worth the stress to prove yourself.
Do you have any good teacher tips for working smarter, not harder?
I have created stamps to aid in the grading process: Daily Activity, This is graded on effort, 1-10, Always try your best! ❤ Berg
Anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Stay true to who you are. Being genuine is the thing that students will appreciate the most
Thank you, Ms. Berg, for giving us a peek into your classroom! Readers — if you would like to be considered for a future Teacher Feature, please apply here.
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