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Blog 6 Suicide Perfection

This was quite a sobering article that as a millennial I’ve been affected by personally. My parents were quite like the parents in the article praising and pushing for all of their children to achieve a bachelors degree. I remember I didn’t feel totally accomplished with the associates degree, because they’re reactions were less than impressed with the diploma that I didn’t even feel like I deserved to walk across stage to accept it. So I didn’t go, because to my parents it didn’t really count as a degree.

This kind of perfection idea of the American dream is the dream that most parents want for their children, and the fact that not everyone is suited for. I remember where I was when the student was discovered in the UAF library shot. And I remember that suicide in the UAF community is actually a lot more common, and not at all brought to light as it should. The feeling that after a day, the news was swept under the rug as fast as possible.

There needs to be a reckoning that children need to find their independence in their choices and the parents need to be okay with it. As a brand new parent I will always try to remember that forcing someone to impossible standard can be detrimental to that individual!

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Physics Made Fascinating

MaryKate Martin

Classroom Management Plan

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Introduction ––––––––––––––––––––––––Page 3

Preparation of start of school year


Safety and lab safety

Working with admin and parents

Working with student diversity  

Community resources

Planning instructions




If one asks a student about the possibility of them taking a Physics class, their answer wouldn’t generally surprise a teacher. Most likely if the student has no prior experience with the science they’ll decline. There’s multiple reasons that discourages students: the maths too hard, the concepts are far beyond their believed reach, etc. However, a well managed classroom and curriculum could break down such daunting obstacles in a student’s mind, not to mention having fun demonstrations and labs.

This is a pivotal idea that could lead students in career paths they never knew were possible. There are several ways to have a successful classroom that one has to have intricate plans with their curriculum and the management in their rooms. From the start of the school year, the fate of year is in the hands of the teacher. Quite like Star Wars: New Hope there’s a New Hope for the year, but hopefully not the same outcome as the movie.

When a teacher has to think of everything in their classroom all the way down to where the posters on the walls go. So without saying rules are some of the most important established elements for both the teacher and student safety. Especially with the a Physics lab where the possibilities of injuries are countless, rules are essential. From teacher to teacher there are varying rules that are specific for each teacher and each class, but there’s also school rules where they translate into every classroom not to federal law.

But the teachers have to plan to be able to work with not just with the students, there are multiple people they have to keep up to date with their progress. One such group of people that the teacher has to be able to inform and work with is the students parents. One can imagine the amount of effort a teacher has to put up with not just with the difficult parents. Another group a teacher has to prepare for is working with the school administration. The teacher has to prepare their curriculum in according to the requirements of the students learning goals. There might some wiggle room for the teacher’s curriculum, but they still need to follow state needs.

The teacher main challenge is developing their curriculum, and how to deliver this material to students. The way they deliver to their students could make or break the whole semester and up coming students enrollment. Student diversity has to be though of and how the teacher will overcome background knowledge or even student’s backgrounds. There are strategic ways the teachers could use as well as community resources for their instructions.

All of these features are going to be discussed in this paper in detail with regard to an eleventh grade Physics class in mind. From prepping for the start of the year to the curriculum for the students the teacher has to be efficient and proficient in all of these areas.

Prepping For The New Year:

You can influence the curriculum?! Individualistic focus could be the future in schools!

When one walks into a classroom, they have to quickly settle into their seats before the bell rang and try to pay attention to a droll lecture that doesn’t peak their interests at all. Sound familiar? Yeah I think we all can relate to this outline of a curriculum; however, change is on the way. In the past years the ranging force of the industrial revolution impacted the education system in more ways than one. From the bell rings to the factory like production of students at graduation, but in recent times this system has been on severe scrutiny. Like the article states the premise of does a one education fits all actually work to the benefit of the students? This certainly is an exciting time! But I have experienced the individual driven assignments before in seventh grade. It was a go-at-your-own-pace math class, and I was very driven to complete each assignment to get to the next section. However, I literally retained none of the information. For the life of me I can’t remember the major concepts that I supposedly learned. I think a combo of both old and new theories could raise the success rate of the current students.  This link shows an expert on education having a run down on public education.

DACA Trump Take-Down

The “Dreamers” of the nation or in other words undocumented immigrants who came into this country as a young adult or younger, are not being able to be receive citizenship. Trumps administration has really been focused on the immigration laws to a fault in my opinion. For him to retract a hopeful and positive law that Obama placed seems petty and foolish. I understand the fact that having illegal immigrants can put a strain on jobs and they got into our country illegally, but the affected people due to this retraction weren’t in control of their actions and are hoping for a brighter tomorrow. Trump should honor the law and not retract such a positive light for immigrants towards citizenship. The Statue of Liberty states,”Give me your poor..”  

MaryKate Martin Introduction


Hello everyone. My name is MaryKate Martin. I’m currently a super senior with an associates in Pre-Nursing Qualifications, and working towards my BS for Physics. I’m a military kid so it’s difficult to say exactly where I’m from but I’ve spent the majority of my adult life living in Alaska. My hobbies include anything crafty, kinda like a moth to a flame, I’m drawn to do it yourself crafts. I paint, crochet, have wielded a knitting needle (none too successfully though), and in the process of trying to get my hands on a drill.

My experience with Physics teachers in the past including high school and college are night and day. I couldn’t imagine even pursue a career in teaching Physics if I hadn’t taken a college class, because it was so dry. So my vision of my teaching career would be filled with demonstrations and hands-on activities more than just the mouse-car kit. I’d love to reset how kids think about science and the world around them and prove that it’s not drier than a stale Rice Krispy treat.