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Bill Wallace - Experiential Learning, STEM
I teach science at Georgetown Day School in Washington DC. I have taught a great variety of subjects including, Physiology Neuroscience, Research Methods in Biology, AP Biology, Ninth Grade Integrated Science, Chemistry, and Physics. I am also a former science department head. In addition to teaching the fundamental concepts of each of these courses, my classes feature experiential learning using open-ended authentic investigations that teach students to think like a scientist. In this way, my students learn 21st century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.
For the past seven years, I have headed the Georgetown Day School STEAM Conference, which hosts students from public and private schools in the Washington DC area to hear prominent keynote speakers, participate in unique experiential workshop sessions, and compete in Innovator’s challenges. I am also very active in bringing authentic research experiences to middle and high school students by collaborating with the Society for Science and the Public, which conducts the International Science and Engineering Fair and Regeneron Science Talent Search. I was head judge for their Broadcom MASTERS competition for middle school students.
I know how science is done from a professional research experience. I was trained as a biochemist, obtaining a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University and then being a postdoctoral fellow at Yale and Rockefeller Universities in the laboratory of a Nobel Laureate. I headed laboratories at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and National Institute on Aging for twelve years. I bring this experience to every high school class that I teach. I have been teaching for twenty years at GDS. During this time, I have presented at many conferences about experiential learning in the science classroom, including The Research Teacher’s Conference, NSTA, NABT, and LLI. I am a recipient of The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (2011).
I am passionate about conveying the joy of scientific discovery. I want to teach students how to think like a scientist. I want students to consider science as a way of thinking as much as a body of knowledge. I want them to gain confidence to actively participate in doing science in addition to understanding its basic concepts.
Experiential learning in our science classes fosters the following skills needed for 21st century careers (in all types of disciplines):
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Collaboration across Networks and Leading by Influence
- Agility and Adaptability
- Initiative and Entrepreneurship
- Effective Oral and Written Communication
- Accessing and Analyzing Information
- Curiosity and Imagination
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4200 Davenport Street NW
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