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Nalin A. Ratnayake

[Last updated Oct 23, 2012.]

I am currently a resident in Boston Teacher Residency, working toward my M.Ed. in secondary education and licensure in high school physics. Next year I will be teaching at an urban public high school that I believe will support me in embracing a rigorous, inquiry-based approach to science. My philosophy of science education incorporates creativity, big-picture thinking, literacy, and data-driven practices into the daily learning that takes place in the classroom.

(My engineering credentials are listed separately.)

Blog posts that highlight my views on science education:
The Role of the Science Classroom in an Enlightened Democracy
Why Learn Physics?
What is 21st Century Education?
Scientific Literacy as Social Justice (BTR Blog)

Post categories of interest to educators:
Nothing in education should be for profit, ever. As I develop sound lesson plans, handouts, curriculum materials, and tools for teachers, I plan to post them to this blog for free and unlimited distribution. So far, the following categories have been created:
All posts marked Lesson Materials (including lesson plans, handouts, projects, etc).

LICENSURE
Initial License in Physics,  Anticipated: July 2013
Will continue coursework through BTR for Initial License in Special Education, Anticipated: 2014

EDUCATION
UMass Boston                     Boston, MA    July 2013 (expected)
M.Ed., concentration in Secondary Physics Education
Boston Teacher Residency: Coursework in physics content methods, social justice, special education, language acquisition, foundations of teaching, and literacy. Included a practicum year in Boston Public Schools.

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America, Version 4 Totale) Levels 1-5 in process. Basic conversational proficiency is expected by September 2013.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
September 2012 to present: Boston Teacher Resident
Boston Community Leadership Academy

  • Student teacher for 1 block of Physics 2 for high school juniors, student co-teacher for two additional blocks of junior Physics 2 and one block of freshman Physics 1
  • Unit and lesson planning, lab experiment design, parent/community relations, and implementation of data-driven practices in the classroom
  • Ongoing case studies and support of ELL students as well as students with disabilities in an inclusion environment

 





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