The Anatomy of Success, Encouraging Curiosity and Questions
Most classrooms consist of a teacher standing in the front talking through the material.
But this Golden Apple Winner prefers to work alongside her students with their hands-on learning.
Constant curiosity and the search for its answer is the heart of science.
A student asks, "Four legged animals all have four sets of biceps?"
Meyer responds, "We do actually, too. We just kind of call them different things."
And Amanda Meyer of Springfield...
Meyer says, "You're working on this part of it?"
"Yeah," responds a student
"Super," says Meyer.
...is generating that curiosity.
Pat Moriarty, the Springfield High School Principal, says, "She's a go-getter. She is always going. She's willing to do whatever it takes for the kids and it's certainly a student-centered classroom. And it's a fun room to be in because it's always...it's not her in front teaching, it's the kids learning with her on the side guiding that. And it's a lot of fun."
Lexy Whenisch, a senior at Springfield High School, says, "She goes around the room and I get help within like five minutes of when I raise my hand. So, yeah, it's really nice."
Teaching students to think critically and discover their answers.
Springfield students learning about anatomy through today's class on dissection.
Amanda Meyer, the Golden Apple Recipient, says, "Everybody has anatomy and they want to know about it and they're curious about it, but then they're actually getting to see the real thing. So it's not a simulation, it's not a piece of paper that has it, it's an actual experience for them."
Beyond teaching, she coaches the Knowledge and Science Bowl teams, is a prom advisor, and the iPad Tech Director.
Rachel Beckman, a senior at Springfield High School, says, "She's awesome. We do a lot of technology stuff. Everything is online, everything is on our iPads. It's a lot of fun."
That drive and passion for learning has earned the Golden Apple Award for this busy teacher.
Meyer says, "I find plenty of time to sleep. I just use the time I'm awake really well."
--KEYC News 12