Jane Bechtel is a middle school teacher at Reach Cyber Charter School (Reach Cyber). She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Penn State University. At Reach Cyber, Ms. Bechtel teaches science and math; her favorite lesson to teach is Newton’s laws of motion. She shares below why she became a teacher.
“My fifth grade teacher encouraged me to take part in a county math competition that opened my mind to the magic of math and to my own aptitude for math. I had always loved learning and my teachers, and in school I felt smart, capable, and inspired. Being a teacher allows me to encourage and inspire my students in the same way that I was.
My favorite thing about teaching at Reach Cyber is using my LiveLesson® sessions to get my students excited about science and math. In a recent math unit on probability, I wanted my sixth graders to understand the difference between theoretical and experimental probability. In a LiveLesson, I had my students first calculate the theoretical probability of drawing a jack out of a deck of playing cards. We compared the theoretical and experimental probabilities, and then discussed how we could get our experimental probability closer to the theoretical probability. My students immediately understood that doing more trials would yield results closer to the theoretical probability. By using the document camera and conducting an actual experiment in a LiveLesson session, I was able to make an abstract concept like probability more concrete for my students.”
Aside from teaching, Ms. Bechtel enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her kids.
My favorite thing about teaching at Reach Cyber is using my LiveLesson sessions to get my students excited about science and math.