Hello to all! My name is Sarah and I work at St. Joseph’s Indian School as a 6th-8th grade Science teacher. I started here at St. Joseph’s as a 4th grade teacher and spent 4 years at that level, then moved to my current position and have been in this age group for the past 6 years. I have been at St. Joseph’s Indian School since I graduated from college. Every year has been fun-filled and full of learning for me.
Working with 6th-8th grade students is a wonderful opportunity. With this position, I am able to see a phenomenal amount of growth in students: academically, physically, mentally and socially.
I love that I am allowed to witness these tremendous changes.
As a Science teacher, I am given a 45 minute class period, each school day with every single 6th-8th grade student. We cover all areas of science including: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth/Space Science and how Science impacts such areas as technology, the environment and society.
Being in the Science arena, also allows me to choose different methods of delivery for instruction. In my class we cover Science objectives in a variety of ways, whether it is through lecture, laboratory activities, digital lessons or virtual labs. The latter two listed are new to me this year as we were able to purchase a new curriculum that is available in a print workbook and also entirely online. It has been very effective thus far with my students. They certainly enjoy the opportunity to use the computer as a tool for learning.
I try to do lab work as much as possible as the hands-on experience is valuable for many students and also tends to be more exciting. Our Science Department can always use donations of equipment. They do not need to be elaborate items, only things, such as everyday household items. For instance, flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, white corn syrup, vinegar, baby oil, vegetable oil and food coloring. These items can be used in a variety of ways to address topics such as density, chemical changes, and classifying things.
With your generous and heartfelt contributions to St. Joseph’s Indian School, I am able to give our Lakota (Sioux) youth enhanced learning opportunities. We greatly appreciate you and you are in our prayers. Thank you to all who donate to St. Joseph’s Indian School. Consider yourselves to have a hand in forming the future. Pilamaya – thank you!