Science is everywhere, and sixth grade teacher Angie Beaudet works to get that idea across to her students at Perry Middle School.
Beaudet, who is in her 12th year of teaching, believes in a hands-on approach.
“Science can be gross and fun and interesting,” she says.
She came to work for Perry schools after attending the University of Northern Iowa, then Iowa State University, graduating in 2001 with an elementary education degree and an endorsement in science. She did her student teaching in Singapore where her father worked.
Over the years, the way she teaches has changed. When she first taught, she would prepare one lesson that was used every day. Now she prepares three to four different lessons for students, depending on their learning level.
Nearly every one of the 129 students who attends sixth grade at Perry Middle School comes into contact with Beaudet.
“It doesn’t matter what a student’s strengths or weaknesses are; everyone comes to science,” she says.
“Right now we are covering sound and how sound travels, then we’ll look at parts of the ear and eyes,” Beaudet says. “One of the students’ favorite lessons in science is dissecting a cow’s eye.”
But before students dissect a real cow’s eye, they will be dissecting candy eyeballs in preparation. That’s just one way she grabs students’ attention and keeps them interested in their lessons.
“I pull in different materials and teaching styles in an effort to reach students who have different ways of learning. I also made up a rap song about parts of the eye and now some students call me ‘Beauditty,’ ” she says.
While some students really get into what she is doing, such as with the rap song, others “look at me like I have four heads,” she says with a laugh.
One of the most important aspects of her teaching is relating as much of the lessons as possible to the real world.
“Science is everywhere — hiking, working at any job, the medical field,” she says. “It is important because so many things relate to it.”