Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. in Health Sciences M.S. Middle Childhood Education Certified in Special Education EC-12 Certified in Composite Science 7-12
Mr. Christopher A. Brooks M.Ed.
Mr. Brooks first started his career as an educator with a Bachelor's degree from Howard University in Health Sciences. He soon redirected his career path toward education as he moved to New York City to pursue a Master's degree in Middle Childhood Education from Mercy College. Mr. Brooks has spent 16 years working as an educator in various capacities ranging from a professional tutor to an Adjunct Professor at Houston Community College. His love for travel has taken him to places as far as Dominican Republic, Scotland and London UK, as well as the Eastern Carribean including, St. Kitts, St. Martin, Grand Turk and San Juan to name a few. He is a car fanatic, loves to dress nicely and is known to be a phenomenal cook. He's been also known to sing and dance at the sound of any music playing.
This year we will be incorporating a style of virtual learning that may be a little different than what you are used to. For some of the time, you will be required to watch videos, animations, movies, and lectures at home (what you might normally do in class), then spend class time asking questions, developing hypothesis, designing and performing experiments in a smartphone-free environment all while staying abreast of what current research has to say about our topic at hand. This will give me the opportunity to assist you with your experimental designs and help you learn the things you are having trouble with, as well as incorporate what research shows to be a very effective method of teaching and learning.
Now let's get to work!!!
Research on Flipped Classrooms
Applying Science to the Teaching of Science - describes the effectiveness of the flipped classroom
Twilight of the Lecture - describes the effectiveness of flipped classrooms in college
Flipping a Class, the Learn by Doing Method - the advantages of the flipped classroom format
Support for Experiments in Flipping - describes why the science favors flipping
The Value of Biology-Based Animations - a study behind the use of animations in science teachingExcellent Animation Sites
McGraw Hill: Basic Biology
ADAM - The Inside Story
NSTA Lab Collection
Excellent Video Sites
Crash Course Biology
Research on the Detrimental Effects of Smartphones
Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity
How Smartphones are Hijacking our Brains
Are Smartphones Making Us StupidWe all understand the joys of our always-wired world—the connections, the validations, the laughs…the information.
But we are only beginning to get our minds around the costs.
- Andrew Sullivan (2016)
Anytime you (or your children) need to optimize attentional control and cognitive function,
keeping smartphones out of sight helps to boost brain power and minimize brain drain.
- Christopher Bergland (2017)
As an educator with 30 years of experience, NOW, more that ever I feel the need to create intentional
time and space for my students away from their smartphones. "Out of sight, out of mind."
Taking advantage of the benefits of smartphone use shouldn’t cease entirely, but administrators, teachers, coaches and parents should make sure to create smartphone-free time so students can develop the important critical and creative thinking skills which allow them to continuously learn, question, define and solve problems - not to mention the ability to connect with other people socially.
- Dan Collea (2019)