K-12 Teacher-Partner Profile

Brianna Rojas

College/University: California State University, Los Angeles
Project Title: IMPACT LA: Improving Minority Partnerships and Access through CISE-related Teaching
Partner School: Stevenson Middle School, Los Angeles, CA
Degree: B.A., M.A., Boston University (B.A.), Loyola Marymount University (M.A.), Boston, MA, Los Angeles, CA
Years Teaching: 4
Graduate Fellow Partner(s): Tiffany C Kwong

How will you continue to integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership with graduate students into your teaching, philosophy, etc.?

Utilizing the resources and knowledge brought by Cal State LA graduate students, I will continue to integrate inquiry-based learning in the classroom by limiting the use of the direct-instruction model, and increasing student opportunity to learn through meaningful, hands-on activities. As students observe, analyze, and create various projects they begin to conceptualize concepts that might not otherwise be fully grasped through the pages of a book.

How has the GK-12 experience changed you, and how has your participation changed the GK-12 project?

Working with both physics and chemistry focused graduate students, I have learned, to a greater extent, how math and science coalesce. My teaching has been most impacted by the implementation of cross-curricular activities. For example, relating thermal-expansion to a simple number line, has allowed my students to obtain a strong conceptualization of positive and negative integers. The collaborative effort between teacher and graduate student has allowed my students to learn concepts in creative ways, engendering their interest science, technology, engineering, and math fields.