My name is Danielle Joy Mott. I am a science educator currently employed at Shawnee Heights Middle School in Tecumseh, Kansas. As a science educator, I am passionate about facilitating exciting investigations in my classroom with hands-on opportunities in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. I enjoy the freedom to collaborate with two fellow science teachers in creating engaging lessons that align with the Next Generation Science and Engineering Standards.
My home life
I was born and raised in Topeka, KS. Growing up in a family with three other siblings we were encouraged to pursue our educational aspirations and attend college. It was in college during a summer job that I met my husband Justin. He attended KSU and I attended KU. We have been married for nearly 18 years. Together we have three fantastic children that grow up near a loving extended family and church family. The twins will be high school Freshman this coming year and we have one in elementary school. Our family also adores our two rescue puppies.
My Educational Pathway
Some might say I didn't choose the easiest educational pathway. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2002 with a BS in Education. Since this was a 5 year program, I had one year of graduate school under my belt. Instead of finishing my Masters degree, I went to work at Jardine Middle School and began building my family. I chose to reenter post secondary education in the Spring of 2015 by enrolling in Washburn University. I wanted to enroll in a program that would provide me the skills to better integrate educational technologies into my profession. I am pursuing my degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Educational Technology. This portfolio fulfills myCapstone requirement and I plan on commencing in May of 2018.
Masters Course Schedule My Educational Philosophy
Washburn University in Topeka, KS
Fall 2017 ED 684 GVA Multimedia in the Classroom
Fall 2017 ED 665 GVA Introduction to Educational Research
Spring 2017 ED 668 GVA Curriculum Development and Evaluation
Fall 2016 ED 680 Integrating Technology in Curriculum
Spring 2016 ED 587 Emerging Technologies
Fall 2015 ED 560 GVA Advanced Educational Psychology
Spring 2015 ED 572 GVA Issues in Modern American Education
Spring 2015 ED 586 Integrating the Internet into Instruction
University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS
Fall 2001 6XX Educational Leadership: Educational Measurement in the Classroom
Summer 2005 6XX Chemistry Seminar and Physical Science Advanced Topics
Summer 2007 6XX Topics in Biology: Middle School Science Academy
My educational philosophy as a science teacher is to create a "home court" atmosphere in which my students feel comfortable to explore their own gifts and talents. Students should feel safe to collaborate and create products that express their own understandings of the subject matter. I believe that curriculum should be modeled from the 5 E approach by first exciting the students with an engaging discovery and link the content to prior knowledge. Students should be allowed to use inquiry to solve complex problems, which enhances their problem solving skills. Young scientists should have fun and feel free from the fear of failing when studying science and engineering. Technology, when used purposefully, can enhance an inquiry lesson if it allows for a deeper understanding of the subject matter through creativity. Finally, as an educator I must embrace the idea of being a learner that studies and implements new strategies if the strategies challenge and engage the students.