About the Author

Michael Doig is a science teacher, web developer, and avid traveler who lives in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Zoology and from Pace University with a Masters of Science in Teaching. He currently teaches Earth Science in a New York public high school.

School Year Highlights and Year End Wrap Up

Another school year down and another summer to look forward to. 2010 was busy and very productive. I want to take a moment to update you on all of the wonderful things that happened.

Harper Collins Video

Last year, I was contacted by Harper Collins in the UK and they asked if they could include an edited copy of my chemical weathering video on a video resource disc that was going to be included with one of their science textbooks. They came across the video while browsing Youtube.

Of course, I said yes!

After we worked through a few video encoding issues, they were nice enough to send me a copy of the disc along with a check. I have to say that Harper Collins was a pleasure to work with. Thanks again Harper Collins.

Maury Project

This year, I was selected as a participant for the Maury Project. The Maury Project is a 2 week long national program of teacher training based on studies of the physical foundations of oceanography. The goal of the Maury Project is to train members of underrepresented fields in the sciences and significant numbers of pre-college students from underrepresented groups. The Maury project is offered by the American Meteorological Society in conjunction with the US Naval Academy and NOAA.

Held at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland, this intensive workshop will include lectures, tutorials, seminars, research cruises, hands-on laboratory exercises, and field trips. Faculty members from the USNA, and Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other scientists, and science educators will present work shop topics.The workshop will focus on the physical foundations of selected oceanographic topics and issues. The major topics presented will center on waves, tides, density- and wind-driven ocean circulations, and sea-air interactions.

I will be at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis from July 11 to the 24th and I will be updating ScienceBoom during the PD.

One of the requirements of the program is that I have to conduct several PD’s on oceanography when I return. If you are interested please contact me and I will let you know when the workshops will be scheduled.

The New York City Teaching Fellows program recognized me for my participation in this workshop in one of their weekly newsletters.

National Board Certification

I just finished the assessment center exam which is the last requirement I had to fulfill for National Board Certification. The entire process of national certificationIt was challenging, but not impossible.

I was awarded the Albert Shanker grant by New York state which helped fund my nation certification attempt. The grant is available for all NYC teachers with at least 3 years teaching experience.

National Board certification has several benefits besides sounding impressive. If you have not yet reached the top of the pay scale, NBPTS certification can be substituted for the 30 and above putting you at the top of the scale. It is faster than taking P-credits and free if you apply for the grant. If you are self motivated, I highly recommend the process. That being said, I hope I passed. Scores will be available after December.

Overall this was an exciting year. I hope you stay tuned for my posts on the Maury Project and a few more exciting updates.

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