K-12 Teacher-Partner Profile

Cynthia Godoy

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., California State University, Fullerton, University of Phoenix, Fullerton, CA, Phoenix, AZ
Years Teaching: 8
Graduate Fellow Partner(s): Ricardo Sanchez

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

Gaining additional knowledge and experience in working with the graduate student has and impacted my teaching experience. Integrating hands-on activities this year will change the way I teach a particular strand in math or science. These learned activities are now an integral part of my lessons and will influence my future lesson planning and teaching. Inquiry based learning is essential in a math and science class. It gives the students an alternative opportunity to learn and understand concepts that are presented in the classroom.

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

The GK-12 project changed my lesson planning and teaching. It reinforces my thoughts of hands-on learning being more impactful to students as opposed to the “traditional” classroom. My classroom has become more student-centered as opposed to teacher-centered. Bringing outside resources into the classroom allows my students to see the opportunities they have in using what they learn to real-world applications. During my lesson planning, I now think more about the types of hands-on activities that can be included to help with the concept learned.