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Lessons From My Childhood on How to Teach

9 Oct 2013, 03:07 UTC
Lessons From My Childhood on How to Teach
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One of the best parts of my job is getting to do outreach. This is going out and teaching the public about the research that I do. Since I love what I do and those that I encounter are usually interested in what I have to say or they wouldn't be there (like you wouldn't be reading this if you didn't want to), it is almost always a rewarding experience all around. However, I had some childhood experiences with outreach that were, well, a little traumatic. However, they have taught me lessons that I use every time I teach whether in the classroom, engaging the public at LIGO, or writing for you."HAIR-RAISING" TRAUMAEver since I was a young child, I've always known that where I am now is where I wanted to be. That is, I've always known that I wanted to be a physicist or an astronomer. Of course, that's not what I said; I wanted to be an astronaut since that is the hero job for the physical sciences. My family has also been supportive of me and one of my favorite things to do was go to the planetarium. At the time, I lived outside of Pittsburgh, ...

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