Meet our April 2016 Educator – Lindsey SpaldingBy Jessica Morgan April 6, 2016 no responses
Name: Lindsey Spalding
Role: Lead Modeling and Simulation Teacher
School: Hagerty High School
Location: Oviedo, Florida
Number of years in education: 16 years
Tell us about yourself and how you got started in education.
I am a native Floridian who grew up globally due to being part of a military family. Global energy consumption is main topic for me and my students! While working on my B.S. in Environmental science (global energy concerns), I worked at the Gillespie Museum of Minerals hosting school field trips – after graduating I decided to try teaching middle school science because I had a blast teaching and learning with the students coming to the museum. I have moved on to high school but still love teaching and learning! My favorite quote is – “I do the things I cannot do in order to learn how to do them.” – Pablo Picasso
What grades do you work with and what subject(s) do you teach?
I am currently working with Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) and The National Center for Simulation (NCS) on building a 4 year Modeling and Simulation (M & S) Program of emphasis where students can earn a state approved industry certification from NCS. I am teaching 9th through 12 graders various M & S concepts, skills, and techniques and tools.
How did you get introduced to Horizon Educational?
I was introduced to Horizon Education early in my career due to their education kits on the science of energy. I used various products during my time as an 8th grade science teacher (14 years). I was reintroduced to Horizon Education last year through the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) when the H2AC opportunity was presented!
How have you used Horizon Educational products to engage students in the classroom?
• To study energy transfer
• To study alternative energy sources
• To practice the scientific method and engineering design process
• To create Kinetic Sculptures with multiple energy transfers
• To use for detailed models and simulations
• To practice using M & S, skills, techniques and tools while engaged in the engineering design process
Why do you value hands-on learning?
I think my favorite quote sums it up! Education should be about the learning experience and the more the experience is owned by the students the more valuable the learning becomes.
How has hands-on learning improved your students’ educational experience?
• It motivates students and me
• It allows students to fail without penalty in the classroom because they get the opportunity to try again, again and sometime again if needed to connect with what they are learning and make sure misconceptions are cleared up.
• I love saying test it or try it!
What about working in education brings you the most joy?
Growing people to think, including myself!