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Educational Quote

"Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand."


I use this thought to motivate the creation of every lesson. Hands-on activities are helpful to every student and are especially positive for students with special needs.

Mr. Doran

James T. Doran Jamesd104@gmail.com 267-229-9103 ScienceMrDoran.weebly.com


This is my class at Longmore Academy. Desks are set up for independent work and a table in the back is designated for group work.

I am Pennsylvania certified in General Science, Biology, Earth and Space Science and in Special Education I have taught for almost 4 years in Alternative Education teaching all sciences to 7th 12th grade students.

Resume
Graduate Education: Waynesburg University - Completed Certification Program and will earn Masters in summer of 2012. Undergraduate Education: Pennsylvania State University - Bachelor of Science with a Secondary Education Major and a focus in Earth and Space Science. Teaching Experience: Longmore Academy: August 2011 to Presesnt - Teach Biology, General Science, Earth and Space Science, and Environmental Science to grades 7th through 12th. - Responds to emotional and behavioral crisis and administer Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI). - Attend their IEP meetings as the regular educator. - Received Target field trip grant using it to take kids to the Carnegie Science Center. William P. Kimmel Alternative School 2009 to July, 2011 -Regular Education Teacher in co-taught classroom. - Teach Biology, General Science, Earth and Space Science, Astronomy and Environmental Science for grades 7th through 12th. -Taught homebound students after school hours.

Philosophy of Education
I have created my philosophy of teaching in an effort to reach my main goal of helping the students to be successful in science class and to become an outstanding educator. A majority of students a not intrinsically motivated to learn science. In order to accommodate all learners, lessons must be presented in a way that brings interest and understanding to the concepts. I feel the best way to get the students to learn and to be interested in science is to have them be involved in science inquiry. Inquiry enables students to learn by doing, feeling, seeing and possibly even smelling. Inquiry and understanding are so important because memorizing facts and information is not an important skill in today's world. Facts sometimes change, and with the internet, information is readily available. What science students need to be taught is an understanding of the main concepts and how to get and make sense of scientific data.

Technology Experience
I am extremely proficient using and integrating Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Promethem Planet and Promethean boards. Other experiences with presentation creation includes using glogster, prezi, animoto, photostory3, and Storybird. I am able to create screencasts using screencast-o-matic and can create an online classroom using Weebly. I use technology because it allows me to create added consistency between my classrooms and creates a sense of interest with students. The technology also allows me to plan ahead and have something for absent students or parents to view. Students will use this technology to share information as well. They will be creating presentations using many of these applications throughout the school year.