There are many ways to become a better science teacher. My main motivation for striving to improve my ability to teach science is to better serve the ESL and at-risk populations in my school. Average school children may not be exposed to as much science as we would like them to be, but they are exposed to more which enables them to accelerate their learning. However, at-risk and ESL students do not have many experiences outside of school that accelerate their learning. My goal is to help at-risk and ESL students better understand science.
Meeting my goal starts with professional development. School districts need to offer more of this, particularly AMES and other science programs of that caliber. I can further my teaching ability by taking more graduate science classes. There are a number of development courses that are independent of school districts as well. In my classroom I can use the inquiry based method as much as possible. That is going to be one of my priorities this year. By conducting experiments and leading students to discover the concepts of science, I am improving my science teaching.