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This profile was last updated on 1/15/04  and contains information from public web pages.

Member, Staff

Stevens Point Area Senior High School
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • Master of Education , Professional Development in computer science and astronomy
  • bachelor of science , physics and math
    UW-Stevens Point
Web References
Dec 15-17, 2003
www.prairieduchienarea.com, 15 Jan 2004 [cached]
Like astronauts looking at planet Earth from space, former Prairie du Chien resident Paul Konichek sees no boundaries.Konichek lives in Wisconsin Rapids and teaches astronomy, physics and math at Stevens Point Area Senior High School.He says he not only believes in educating students to care for each other, he also believes in teaching students to care for the planet.But perhaps the part of his job he enjoys the most is teaching about the stars and space.His long term-goals include applying to the a 'Teacher in Space Astronaut" ‹ but he must wait two years to apply because he currently serves on the Blue Ribbon Panel for the Teacher in Space Program.The mission of the special panel (in which he was chosen to represent all the high school teachers in the nation) was to write the criteria for the current Teacher in Space Program.He also team taught Astronomy for NASA at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.Konichek has also taken NASA summer courses in Florida and Colorado Spring five out of the past six summers.Konichek, a 1970 Prairie du Chien High School graduate, earned a bachelor of science in physics and math from UW-Stevens Point in 1974 and a Master of Education - Professional Development in computer science and astronomy in 1982.Prior to joining the staff at Stevens Point Area Senior High School in 1996, he worked at Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids from 1980 to 1996 , and he also worked at Pittsville High School and with the UW-Stevens Point Education and Outreach program.Konichek strongly believes that anything worth learning is to be shared.He encourages students to teach others the global insights they have learned in class.He calls it GNATS - Go Now And Teach Someone.After students have learned a global concept, such as time zones, they are to turn around and teach it to up to five family and/or friends, who sign their name to the material taught to them, and the page is turned back in to Konichek. 'I feel if a person hears a lesson taught, they retain it for a short amount of time.But if they teach the lesson enough times, they've gained some ownership of it and remember it, for possibly a lifetime," he says.Being one to practice what he preaches, Konichek has started a series of monthly articles (called 'Ponder the Sky with Paul") in both the Wisconsin Rapids and the Stevens Point newspapers. 'I encourage my 125-plus astronomy students each semester to 'GNATS' and noticed that the world was just a little too big for just them to do all the 'GNATSing' on their own so thought I could help them out," he says.Konichek has offered his astronomy column to the Courier Press, and today we will offer the first of his features.In addition to GNATS, other tactics enjoyed by his students, just to name a few, include: Neutral Buoyancy Lab (scuba diving in school swimming pool with a 25-foot long PVC 'space station,') History of our calendar/ leap years/ time zone (25 clocks surround his classroom), '(Fun)damental motions of the sky" (an outside activity), and a robotic arm activity similar to the one used on the space shuttle.In addition to his other academic achievements, Konichek is a 2003 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship nominee.He is the son of Dorothy and the late Leo Konichek of Prairie du Chien, and his brother Floyd still lives in the community.He and his wife Judith have two children - 13-year-old Aaron and 19-year-old Alissa.
Dec 15-17, 2003
www.prairieduchienarea.com, 15 Dec 2003 [cached]
Like astronauts looking at planet Earth from space, former Prairie du Chien resident Paul Konichek sees no boundaries.Konichek lives in Wisconsin Rapids and teaches astronomy, physics and math at Stevens Point Area Senior High School.He says he not only believes in educating students to care for each other, he also believes in teaching students to care for the planet.But perhaps the part of his job he enjoys the most is teaching about the stars and space.His long term-goals include applying to the a 'Teacher in Space Astronaut" ‹ but he must wait two years to apply because he currently serves on the Blue Ribbon Panel for the Teacher in Space Program.The mission of the special panel (in which he was chosen to represent all the high school teachers in the nation) was to write the criteria for the current Teacher in Space Program.He also team taught Astronomy for NASA at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.Konichek has also taken NASA summer courses in Florida and Colorado Spring five out of the past six summers.Konichek, a 1970 Prairie du Chien High School graduate, earned a bachelor of science in physics and math from UW-Stevens Point in 1974 and a Master of Education - Professional Development in computer science and astronomy in 1982.Prior to joining the staff at Stevens Point Area Senior High School in 1996, he worked at Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids from 1980 to 1996 , and he also worked at Pittsville High School and with the UW-Stevens Point Education and Outreach program.Konichek strongly believes that anything worth learning is to be shared.He encourages students to teach others the global insights they have learned in class.He calls it GNATS - Go Now And Teach Someone.After students have learned a global concept, such as time zones, they are to turn around and teach it to up to five family and/or friends, who sign their name to the material taught to them, and the page is turned back in to Konichek. 'I feel if a person hears a lesson taught, they retain it for a short amount of time.But if they teach the lesson enough times, they've gained some ownership of it and remember it, for possibly a lifetime," he says.Being one to practice what he preaches, Konichek has started a series of monthly articles (called 'Ponder the Sky with Paul") in both the Wisconsin Rapids and the Stevens Point newspapers. 'I encourage my 125-plus astronomy students each semester to 'GNATS' and noticed that the world was just a little too big for just them to do all the 'GNATSing' on their own so thought I could help them out," he says.Konichek has offered his astronomy column to the Courier Press, and today we will offer the first of his features.In addition to GNATS, other tactics enjoyed by his students, just to name a few, include: Neutral Buoyancy Lab (scuba diving in school swimming pool with a 25-foot long PVC 'space station,') History of our calendar/ leap years/ time zone (25 clocks surround his classroom), '(Fun)damental motions of the sky" (an outside activity), and a robotic arm activity similar to the one used on the space shuttle.In addition to his other academic achievements, Konichek is a 2003 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship nominee.He is the son of Dorothy and the late Leo Konichek of Prairie du Chien, and his brother Floyd still lives in the community.He and his wife Judith have two children - 13-year-old Aaron and 19-year-old Alissa.
Like astronauts looking at planet Earth ...
www.prairieduchienarea.com, 15 Dec 2003 [cached]
Like astronauts looking at planet Earth from space, former Prairie du Chien resident Paul Konichek sees no boundaries.Konichek lives in Wisconsin Rapids and teaches astronomy, physics and math at Stevens Point Area Senior High School.He says he not only believes in educating students to care for each other, he also believes in teaching students to care for the planet.But perhaps the part of his job he enjoys the most is teaching about the stars and space.His long term-goals include applying to the a 'Teacher in Space Astronaut" < but he must wait two years to apply because he currently serves on the Blue Ribbon Panel for the Teacher in Space Program.The mission of the special panel (in which he was chosen to represent all the high school teachers in the nation) was to write the criteria for the current Teacher in Space Program.He also team taught Astronomy for NASA at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.Konichek has also taken NASA summer courses in Florida and Colorado Spring five out of the past six summers.Konichek, a 1970 Prairie du Chien High School graduate, earned a bachelor of science in physics and math from UW-Stevens Point in 1974 and a Master of Education - Professional Development in computer science and astronomy in 1982.Prior to joining the staff at Stevens Point Area Senior High School in 1996, he worked at Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids from 1980 to 1996 , and he also worked at Pittsville High School and with the UW-Stevens Point Education and Outreach program.Konichek strongly believes that anything worth learning is to be shared.He encourages students to teach others the global insights they have learned in class.He calls it GNATS - Go Now And Teach Someone.After students have learned a global concept, such as time zones, they are to turn around and teach it to up to five family and/or friends, who sign their name to the material taught to them, and the page is turned back in to Konichek. 'I feel if a person hears a lesson taught, they retain it for a short amount of time.But if they teach the lesson enough times, they've gained some ownership of it and remember it, for possibly a lifetime," he says.Being one to practice what he preaches, Konichek has started a series of monthly articles (called 'Ponder the Sky with Paul") in both the Wisconsin Rapids and the Stevens Point newspapers. 'I encourage my 125-plus astronomy students each semester to 'GNATS' and noticed that the world was just a little too big for just them to do all the 'GNATSing' on their own so thought I could help them out," he says.Konichek has offered his astronomy column to the Courier Press, and today we will offer the first of his features.In addition to GNATS, other tactics enjoyed by his students, just to name a few, include: Neutral Buoyancy Lab (scuba diving in school swimming pool with a 25-foot long PVC 'space station,') History of our calendar/ leap years/ time zone (25 clocks surround his classroom), '(Fun)damental motions of the sky" (an outside activity), and a robotic arm activity similar to the one used on the space shuttle.In addition to his other academic achievements, Konichek is a 2003 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship nominee.He is the son of Dorothy and the late Leo Konichek of Prairie du Chien, and his brother Floyd still lives in the community.He and his wife Judith have two children - 13-year-old Aaron and 19-year-old Alissa.
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