Jeff Charbonneau served as a chemistry, physics and engineering teacher at Zillah High School in Zillah, Washington for 17 years. He is currently serving as Principal of Zillah Middle School. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and was a member of the William O. Douglas Honors College at Central Washington University, and holds a Masters of Education from Central Washington University. He is a National Board Certified teacher. He has received numerous awards, at the local, state, national, and international level.
He recognizes that many students see his course subjects as the “hard” science classes and welcomes the challenge to overturn that stigma. In addition to his role as a science instructor at ZHS, Jeff is a former yearbook advisor, drama assistant director, science club advisor, assistant baseball coach, and class advisor. He also was an adjunct faculty member at three colleges and universities, allowing students who took his classes to earn 24-college credits upon successful completion of their studies.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Horace Mann League, and had previously served on the Board of the Cent for Strengthening the Teaching Profession and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
The Charbonneau Approach is founded—like all the others in this book—on a powerful philosophy, but then veers off in new directions based on his own personal discoveries and experiences. In a keynote speech to the National PTA, he shocked the audience by admitting that he is not a fan of STEM. What? How can the 2013 National Teacher of the Year, honored by President Obama for his accomplishments as a teacher of chemistry, physics, architecture, and robotics, not be a fan of STEM? The reason is because he is inclusive. Like all Great Teachers, he recognizes the larger picture. And the larger picture for him is not STEM, nor is it the updated STEAM (adding the arts), it is instead STREAM (adding reading). To put his inclusive teaching philosophy to the test, Jeff Charbonneau is now an administrator—principal at Zillah Middle School.
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The Scientific Method and the Learning Triad; Charbonneau Approach: Initial Challenges; Part I: Charbonneau the Teacher: Charbonneau Strategy #1: Prioritize Global Citizenry; Charbonneau Strategy #2: Move Expectations from “I Can’t” to “We Can”; Charbonneau Strategy #3: Make it Harder, not Easier; Charbonneau Strategy #4: Empower Students with an Active Classroom; Charbonneau Strategy #5: Stimulate Reasoning with Inquiry-based Learning; Origins of IBL; 5 Phases of IBL; Part II: Charbonneau the Administrator; Charbonneau Admin Strategy #1: Be an Empathetic Teacher/Leader; Charbonneau Admin Strategy #2: Treat Teachers Like You Treat Your Students; Charbonneau Admin Strategy #3: Tell Them “NO”…the Right Way; Charbonneau Admin Strategy #4: Telling Does Not Work; Getting Results; Summary; Reflection
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