The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 30, 1986 · Page 16
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 16

Baytown, Texas
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Wednesday, April 30, 1986
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Wednesday, April 30, 1986 OPLE Sorenson enjoys teaching Science instructor concerned with students By JOHN RIGG To Bobby Sorenson, science is nothing new — he's been involved in the field ever since he was a youngster traipsing around the fields and creeks of Taylor, northeast of Austin. Sorenson has taught science courses in the district here for 19 years. He attributes his decision to teach to several teachers who influenced him. "I think most teachers are inspired to teach because of the direct influence of teachers they learned under," he said. "I also grew up during the Sputnik era, and there was a big push for students to go into the science field then." After graduating from Southwestern University in 1967, Sorenson moved to Baytown, where he taught at Horace Mann Junior School 12 years. He was also at San Jacinto Elementary School for two years. He now teaches seventh-grade earth science and biology courses at Baytown Junior School. Besides teaching, he drives a school bus in the mornings and afternoons. He says thai his courses are basically lab courses, adding that his students get to "manipulate things." "The kids don't have to sit around all the time," Sorenson said. "They get to dissect frogs and also a fetal pig. I try to get them involved." Sorenson says that teaching students to learn is a challenge in itself. He calls it a "selling job" and admits that at times it's difficult to get and hold students' interests. He approaches his students on an individual basis, he says. "My basic philosophy is student involvement." he added. "I try and meet the academic and personal needs of each of my student-;." While striving to involve his students in their studies, Sorenson says he is challenged by the compositional makeup of his classes. "Students are no longer grouped together in science courses as they were in the past." he said. "It's a challenge because you may have special students mixed in with accelerated students." The mixing of students can be traced to new rules handed down by the Texas Legislature. Those rules, among other things, mandate that science students be mixed together regardless of their academic standing, Sorenson said. The rules also limit the number of outside field trips students may take during the school year. "We took a three-day field trip to Corpus Christi last fall to visit a bird sanctuary." said Soren- Family guide offers help to disabled WASHINGTON (AP) - For youngsters with disabilities, who have just as big an appetite for fun as do other children, a new guide called "Recipes for Fun" cooks up a variety of play activities and games. The book is published by Let's Play To Grow, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation's program of play, recreation and mutual support for people with disabilities and their families. It combines play suggestions for young children with disabilities with an approach geared to family participation. Offering hundreds of illustrated recreational ideas for the preschool-age child, the 120-page book suggests activities, in which parents and siblings can join, that promote motor, sensory, language and other developmental achievements. "There is a myth that only a specialist can design a program which will promote the child's development," says Eunice Kennedy Shriver, executive vice' president of the Kennedy Foundation . son. "On trips like that my students learn as much about biology as they might during months of classroom work. "Under the new rules, students are only allowed to be out of the classroom five times a year now." Despite new limitations on how and where students may be taught, Sorenson has hopes for his students. "I feel more encouraged all the time," he said. "Many times my students surprise me with how much they really know." BOBBY SORENSON, science teacher at Baytown Junior School, involves his students by addressing their individual academic needs. (Sun staff piioto by John Rigg) Ah, Spring.... the perfect time to improve your home! For some of the best ideas, visit SAN JACINTO MALL'S ANNUAL 'HOME IMPROVEMENT SHOW MAY 1 st-4th everything you need from home outdoor pools. jmri m SAN IACI NITO MALL «-* 1rt_ Q ^^ J MRS. Mon-Sat 10-9 Sun. 12-5 Foley's, Wards, Sears, JCPenney, The fair, Palais Royal, Bealli, Service Merchandise, Menryni and 170 other fine itore> and restaurants. RICHARD BIANCHI ON THE ISSUES: "Much of what I've accomplished as a legislator can be credited to Richard Bianchi. He understands the legislative process and he knows the needs of all parts of this district". — Representative Ed Emmett "Richard Bianchi has the common sense, experience and ability to be an effective representative in his first term in office." —Senator Don Henderson JOBS AND THE ECONOMY — Nothing is more important to the next legislature than restoring a strong economy to Texas. We must develop programs to attract new, diversified and permanent industry to our area. We need to expand the efforts of the Texas Economic Development Council. LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS — It is time to challenge every state program, every state agency. Productivity, efficiency and necessity are the tests that must be met for continued funding. I am absolutely opposed to any kind of state income tax. EDUCA TION — Quality education must be a top priority. Economic development efforts require it, our children deserve it. The future of Texas is being determined in our classrooms today and we can't afford to be less than the best. Republican • TRAFFIC & TRANSPORTA TION — 111 fight to make certain that this District receives its fair share of highway improvements and that the work is done in a way that minimizes traffic flow disruptions. The engineering and construction of highway projects should be contracted to private industry to speed completion and cut government overhead. • LA W ENFORCEMENT — We cannot relax in the war against crime. Two of every three convicted felons are on the street. We must tighten sentencing and parole standards, particularly for convicted violent offenders. • VALUES — Basic cornerstones for living — faith, honesty, concern for family and community and a Texas kind of "can do" spirit — have helped make this state great. As your Representative, I'll carry these values to Austin with me. HUB BIANCHI FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE M. lot by Ife Ridi«d M.KIU*. «. Trw... 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