I am Val Hutchins and I am an 8th Grade Physical Science teacher in California. I teach in a district with 1 to 1 device integration and for us in middle school that means iPads. We also use Google Apps for Education.

This is my 7th year teaching and due to the school funding issues that arose when I started teaching I’ve had the privilege of bouncing around between schools as the number of teaching positions were cut. (Have 7th grade math, pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 1A, Algebra 1B, 7th Grade Life Science, 8th Grade Physical Science, Conceptual Biology, Earth Science, 11th Grade Integrated Science, and High School Credit Recovery Life Science and Integrated Science under my belt.) While it is nice to teach a subject more than one year, all the experiences I’ve had have given me a lot of experience teaching different groups of students, at different schools, and with different teachers all teaching different ways. It has also meant that I always need to be reflective as can’t just wait until the next year to start making changes as needed.


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