Middle School Then and Now
Welcome to Stretching Forward! My name is Janelle Wilson, and I teach students in that fabulous time in life known as middle school! To be more specific, I teach Earth science to sixth graders at the gifted/accelerated level. I cannot remember a time I did not love science!
I grew up on Florida’s west coast, which meant I had a lot of scientific, awesome things around me. With things like Epcot and the Kennedy Space Center only a couple hours drive away, my love for science grew. My hometown also has an amazing planetarium, and I am sure visits there helped to solidify my love for science!
As I familiarize my students with Earth science, I hope I am sharing with them the sense of wonder, excitement, and joy I get whenever I look at the scientific world. If you are interested in what we do in class each day, you can check out our class web site: Earth Science with Mrs. Wilson.
Here at Stretching Forward I will be sharing reflections of activities I have tried in class, lesson and unit plans I have developed, technologies that I have used with my students, and other thoughts related to education.
What I Do for Fun
As you noticed, I love science, and space is one of my biggest favorite things! I love visiting NASA space centers, and I could not believe it when I was chosen to go see the launch of STS-132 – Atlantis’ final scheduled flight. It was amazing. Now I feel like Atlantis and I are bffs. In fact, there was an MSNBC article that called us all shuttle groupies! No worries – you can call me a shuttle groupie any day!
I also went to visit Houston, TX and Johnson Space Center to see Mission Control. This was another amazing event, and you can read an article about it here and watch a news recap (with me speaking about it) here.
And in case you think I spend all my time doing space science stuff, do not worry. I also like to run (a new hobby for me this year), spend way too much time on the computer (especially tweeting, follow me), read books of all sorts, crochet, and watch British tv shows (like Doctor Who) with my husband.
Here are some photos with my family. My husband and I have been married for almost 11 years. He is from England, so he has an awesome accent. Occasionally, we get to go back to England and visit all of his family, who still live in England. I do not know how he does it living so far away from all of his family. My sister and her husband live in close by, and my parents still live in Florida. Ironically, it takes 8 hours to drive to my parents’ house and 8 hours to fly to London!
I thought you might seeing what it is like to view a shuttle launch from up close. I viewed the launch from the press site standing right behind the count down clock.