Mr. Tom Mills


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Thomas Mills



21st Century Educational Science Facilitator

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An old man, going a lone highway, Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide, Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim; The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side; And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day; You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide—  Why build you the bridge at the eventide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head: "Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today, A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me, To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim; Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."
                                                                                                                                                                         William A. Dromgoole

About Mr. Mills:
Mr. Mills has been a science educator for 22 years and has served FCPS as a STEM Teacher Specialist from 2009-2012.  He brings an innovative, 21st century style of teaching and learning to his science class.

Mr. Mills and his wife Joy, along with their three children: Tanner, Conner, Lanie and dog Lilly live in Myersville, Maryland. 
Mr. Mills is currently a certified baseball umpire and has served as a youth counselor, a youth baseball coach, a high school basketball coach, an academic summer camp director.

His voyage here:
His likes:
listening to music and singing, throwing frisbee, gardening, sitting by his fire pit, drawing, building furniture, hanging with friends, and taking trips with his family.

His dislikes:
hockey, pretentiousness, the word can't, Boston Red Sox, mortgage payments, selfishness.

His educational Philosophy:

It is his belief that it is no longer enough to educate to the standards of traditional literacies.  Traditional education continues to embrace standardized learning and testing at the very same time our new economy is eliminating the standardized job.

To be capable and competitive in the 21st century students require a completely different skill set.  The world of our students outside of the class is a digital one.  He would like to begin to meet the students where they are. The ubiquitous digital devices they use so frequently and unconsciously can be harnessed as powerful tools for learning, creativity, and discovery not only outside of the school setting but in it as well.

Technological changes have altered the way in which our students learn and interact.  For our students to be competent and capable in the 21st century they need to be fluent in a new, different skill set.  

His goal is to shift to pedagogical strategies that enhance 21st Century STEM education. He intends to create a classroom that provides a real-world, problem-based, relevant structure for students to learn, discover and apply current science curriculum using 21st century fluencies.  Students will use hands-on technologies to access information and media to creatively collaborate solutions to real-world issues. 

His objective is to create a classroom atmosphere of independent, creative thinking based on 21st century fluencies (solution, information, creativity, media, and collaboration).

  • cultivate independent thought with the ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • foster the ability to unconsciously and intuitively interpret information in all formats and forms to extract essential knowledge, perceive its meaning and significance and then use it to solve real world problems.
  • demonstrate understanding of content by creating real-world products by thinking laterally and developing innovative solutions to problems.
  • build effectiveness in using digital tools to solve problems and create real-life products that communicate, inspire and entertain.
  • create team members that can unconsciously work collaboratively with both real world and virtual partners to solve real and simulated problems.

FALL 2012 Class Schedule:
Block 1: Biology (M)
Block 2: Fundamental Chemistry
Block 3: Plan/LUNCH
Block 4: Biology (M)

SPRING 2013 Class Scheudle:
Block 1: Biology (H)
Block 2: Plan
Block 3: Fundamental Chemistry/LUNCH
Block 4: Biology (H)