Katri Jackson - Science

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What excites you about working at Dublin?   I love the community here, both the students and the faculty. This is the most warm, welcoming place I have ever worked. It is easy to feel valued and included at Dublin. There is more camaraderie and support here than other places I have worked.

Why do you teach and what do you love about your discipline?  I get excited to learn new things, so it is fun to see that excitement in others. I love science because it is always changing, and the more I learn the better I understand the world around me.

What animates you?  Being outside. I have an obsession with spring wildflowers. I get very excited when the snow melts and they begin to appear. When you see a painted trillium you know that warm weather is around the corner! I love learning new plants, and I always hike with a flower book in my bag.

What do you do outside of school that enhances your teaching? Or, what do you do outside of school that would surprise your students?  I have recently become very interested in photography. Especially nature photography, wildflowers in particular.

What's unusual about the way you approach your subject?  I allow my students time to work out problems on their own before giving them the answers. I know there is more than one "right" way to approach a problem, so it is important to me that my students can find the best way for them.

What do you do to push kids outside their comfort zone in the classroom?  I incorporate as many inquiry based activities in my lesson planning as I can. The more chances that students have to think like a scientist and solve the given problem the more likely they will be to remember the skill in the future.

How do you teach to "the range", both the high achievers and those that are challenged by your discipline?  When science is hands-on it is easy for everyone to understand. I try to do as many labs, demonstrations and activities to help all students remember and retain what we do in class. The more you activity the more you remember.

What is the most surprising thing that happened in your classroom?  The most surprising thing for me is how many students will voluntarily show up for a chemistry club activity in the evening. I always prepare for the worst, there is nothing less cool than hanging out with your chemistry teacher in your free time, but somehow students always arrive and with enthusiasm!

Why is it fun to be in your classroom?  I don't lecture. Students in my classes learn through activities, experiments and exercises. I will hand out notes, but you should expect to be interacting in my class, not just copying from the board.

How did you choose Dublin School?  I didn't think I wanted to go back to working at a boarding school again, but Dublin is different. This is a warm place which sees potential in everyone.