LOTS Episode 29: Valerie May

Valerie is a Biology teacher at Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, CT. Valerie was the 2014 Woodstock Academy Teacher of the Year, the 2015 NABT Outstanding Biology Teacher for the state of Connecticut, and the 2016 Connecticut Science Teacher Association’s Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching award. Valerie is a member of the NABT/BSCS AP Biology Leadership Academy and an HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador and is a regular presenter at NABT and NSTA conferences. As part of her work for HHMI, Valerie spent ten days during the summer of 2016 in and around Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park leading a professional development course and learning about the park and its mission. Her teaching goal is to provide a supportive classroom where students struggle with biological concepts and grow as learners. Valerie’s essay on the role of struggle in the learning process was published in a Washington Post education blog in 2015.  You can follow Valerie on twitter @valeriemay_may.

Show Notes:

Pick of the Week: (Share a resource or news story that has grabbed your attention recently)

Valerie – Freakonomics “Who Needs Handwriting?

Aaron – How Wolves Change Rivers

Note: last week’s pick from Aaron was originally proposed by David Knuffke on Horizontal Transfer Episode 45.  I want to give credit where credit is due.

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