Introducing Erin Farmer

6th grade Science teacher at Manheim Central Middle School

Teaching Background

I am currently in my 13th year of teaching at Manheim Central. I've taught 6th grade for 11 of those years and two years of 8th grade English. This is the 4th year that I've only taught Science. I graduated from Lycoming College with my undergraduate degree in Psychology with an Elementary Education certification and have a Master's degree in Science Education from Lebanon Valley. I'm halfway through the Master's in Instructional Media from Wilkes. In addition to teaching in the classroom, I also take a group of students to the Teton Science School in Jackson, Wyoming for a week of science exploration in the summer. When I'm not teaching, I'm coaching cross country and track, training for my own upcoming races, cheering for the Orioles, and spending time outside with my husband, kayaking, camping, and hiking.

Differentiating with Technology

I'm thankful to be working in a district where we have many opportunities to use technology in our classrooms. While many things benefit all students, technology is also used to differentiate. Whether using different activities linked to Moodle or my class blog to help students review, or to provide students with more information on a topic to enrich what we're doing in class, technology plays a key role. I'm hoping to increase the use of technology this year and be able to have students work in smaller groups at their own pace with topics that interest them.