Reflection: Coaching and Mentoring Probability of Precipitation - Section 3: Atmospheric Variables

When I taught this lesson, I also had a few new teachers come in and observe this lesson. Additionally, in the context of this Better Lesson project, I really love the chance to share my lessons, especially around earth science, where there are so many fewer opportunities and resources in the educational universe. But one thing I often don't mention, but it an enriching part of my experience as a teacher, is the opportunity and privilege to help out new science teachers. While I do this officially as the head of the science department at my high school, I think it's enormously helpful, as a leader and as a teacher, to have people observe your classroom readily. Whether it's to serve as a "model classroom" (although I traditionally don't like that term, mostly because it implies that experienced and veteran teachers have nothing to improve upon, which is always false) or even as an observer willing to offer feedback, opening the doors to your classroom to everyone, regardless of experience or content area, has always been an enriching experience for me, and personally beneficial to my teaching. In my training of new teachers, I always encourage them to see as many teachers in action as possible, and to ask as many questions as possible. Often there's a deliberateness in decision-making in veteran teachers that novice and new teachers are still exploring and experimenting with. It's important to draw these out and have these conversations. One such conversation emerged from a new teacher watching this lesson and asking some questions about it. I can say that we both found it an enlightening and rewarding experience, and would recommend you do the same!

Coaching New Teachers
Coaching and Mentoring: Coaching New Teachers

Probability of Precipitation

Unit 5: Meteorology
Lesson 4 of 17

Big Idea: Students examine how probability of precipitation increases when air temperature and dew point get closer together, and when relative humidity increases

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Kane Koller

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