Erica Ruckman honored as Exemplary Teacher PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 00:00

    According to the Engineering/Technology Educators of Indiana, Erica Ruckman is an exemplary teacher. At least that is what they indicated when awarding her with the Middle School Teacher Excellence award at this year’s Engineering/Technology Educators of Indiana state conference on November 2, 2009.
    Erica is a third year teacher at Highland Hills Middle School in Georgetown. She is currently teaching four periods per day of Technology Education, one period per day of PAWS, and dedicates the 1st period each day to working with a group of students to develop The Summit (HHMS’s yearbook) and The Jaguar News Report (a daily news broadcast that is aired to the entire school each day).
    The Middle School Teacher Excellence award is given each year by the Engineering/Technology Educators of Indiana (E/TEI) to an Engineering/Technology educator who goes above and beyond the normal classroom requirements.  Erica is the secretary for E/TEI and has attended the state conference each of the three years since she has been out of college. Erica has been a presenter at the state conference once and plans to be again in the future.
    At Highland Hills, Erica strives for her classroom to be a fun learning environment and hopes to engage all students. Through the use of a variety of teaching methods, Erica teaches students about the world around us. Her classroom consists of a variety of activities with the use of a module based learning system in addition to her classroom teaching and projects. The students in her class just completed a unit where they learned the steps to creative problem solving and were challenged to create a mouse trap powered vehicle that could travel as far as possible. The winning vehicle traveled over fifty feet!
    Engineering and technology concepts are an integral part to everyone’s life in today’s society. Erica feels that it is important to guide her students into becoming more technologically literate. Students in her class get the opportunity to evaluate a variety of technological devices and conducted a study earlier in the year to determine if we should use biometrics here at HHMS as a form of identification. She hopes to have time at the end of the semester to help the students explore options in recycling, inventions, and much more!
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