Heather Creighton: Science Enrichment
Mrs. Creighton earned her Master’s of Education and her Life Science and Biology credential from UCLA.
Mrs. Creighton has extensive experience teaching Life, Earth and Physical Science to grades 6-12 and, most recently, in grades K-6 in Encinitas Union School District. She is excited about focusing on the NGSS – New Generation Science Standards, an inquiry based, more student-driven approach, integrating science with other disciplines and the Engineering Design Process.She is excited to teach through hands-on investigations, demonstrations, and activities.
Mrs. Creighton has three children of her own who have attended Encinitas Schools.
Q & A
Give us some highlights about Science Enrichment and what the students will be learning this year….
Students will again be learning concepts from the Life, Physical and Earth Sciences, with hands-on activities and labs aligning with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students practice the Scientific Method and Engineering Design Process to solve problems in the classroom. I will also incorporate the ME Garden and will do hydroponic growing with 5th and 6th grades.
What are you most excited about this year?
I’m very excited about another fun year in Science. Now that the kids are used to working in lab groups and recording data in their science journals, I’m excited for us to get to work observing and learning. I will be working with SWPPP this year and Hydrokids, as part of our hydroponic class crop. And after a successful debut, the ME Science and Engineering Fair returns and will be held in March.
What’s new in Science Enrichment this year?
I am taking the best from last year and adding new things to make it even better this year. Hammie, our class pet, is back and I have some new models to share with the kids, including a contour map model, sustainable energy house, and some fun science toys. I’m hoping to add a model of the human skeleton, body organs, and systems.
What are your goals for our kiddos this year?
My goal is always to get them excited about science and to increase their sense of wonder. I try to frequently refer to the big picture when teaching a concept or principle. My goal is for the kids to have a better understanding of how the world and our universe works, but to never stop being curious about it.
What’s the driving motivation or inspiration for teaching Science to kids?
What I like best about science is that there is always something new- a new discovery, technology, test, information or data, so it is always exciting to me. I have always loved science and trying to understand the world around us. It may have been growing up in the Midwest, and spending summers on a lake in Maine, where I spent a lot of time in nature.
Read more about how Mrs. Creighton structures her curriculum: NGSS Aligned Science Enrichment by Grade.