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Science Department Meeting September 5, 2013

26 Aug

DEPARTMENT MEETING SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

AGENDA

ITEM 1-  Celebrations – First Quarter – October 25th Plan Day  Go out or In House?

ITEM 2 – IF YOU ARE INTERESTED:

To inform schools about “Club Planeta Visión”, a partnership between the Division of Bilingual Education and World Languages and Univisión-Channel 23 to promote environmental awareness.

  • In partnership with Univisión Channel 23 “Es El Momento Campaign”, the Division of Bilingual Education and World Languages continues to promote environmental awareness within the Hispanic community.
  • Participation Request Forms must be submitted no later than August 29, 2013 via fax at 305-523-0168 or scan and email toofragas@dadeschools.net. Attn: Oscar Fragas.  Forms received after this date will not be considered.
  • Club Planeta Visión will begin in October 2013 and will continue through January 2014.
  • Six schools will be showcased in this program.  Univisión will air the taped segments of environmental awareness activities in Spanish, which will be taped at each of the participating schools.
  • The taped segments will air on “Noticias 23” news, on Channel 23.
  • Schools will be selected based on Implementation Plan submitted per Technical Assistance Paper (TAP).
  • Refer to the TAP and the links provided in the TAP with examples of Club Planeta Visión past presentations to ensure your commitment to participate.
  • You may email your questions to ofragas@dadeschools.net.

 

ITEM 3 –  Lab Fees collection starts September 9th– Hand out green tickets & recaps  Go over procedure from website

 

ITEM 4 – LABS 212 and 214 CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – REPAIRS ARE SCHEDULED

 

ITEM 5 – Science Fair –  Mr. Juan will be our SRC Chair – If you have questions about what is legal or not –  HE KNOWS!

Science Fair Kick Off – September 6th (officially with handouts & website)

Publicize our parent workshop at Open House  September 19th

September 25th   How to Survive Your Child’s Science Fair Project 101

Final Projects Due October 29 & 30th  (8 weeks September 9 to October 29 – Try to approve your students research plans by September 20th LATEST)

Science Family Night  November 13 (Yes there will be Spaghetti Supper Madness & Vox Populi)

Experiments & Engineering projects are OK

(Bridges, Mousetrap Car, & Water Rockets – Use SECME specifications from 2013)

Bridge Kit materials will be ready for sale on the 16th

 

ITEM 6 – Books & Book Room

Will be cleaned up today!

We are still awaiting word on delivery of the rest of the 6th grade books and our Physical Science texts & Kits

Need to meet with Physical Science teachers in Room 123 at 2PM to break out our Physical Science Lab kits ( 1  each )

 

ISSUES FROM THE FLOOR?

BREAKOUT BY GRADE LEVEL/CURRICULUM GROUPS

Science Department Meeting

22 Aug

AGENDA  August 22, 2013

1. Plan for 2013-14

Review of Essentials

FIVE E’s MODEL

Engage

Before starting a lesson or unit capture the students’ attention by “engaging “them. This can be achieved in a variety of ways, such as KWL charts or by reading fiction or nonfiction stories related to the subject. This is also the time to begin uncovering student conceptions, misconceptions, prior knowledge and experiences.

 

Explore

Once you have your students excited put that energy to work for you. Let them “explore”. This is the time for labs designed to “show, not tell” how things work. They will be amazed and full of questions about their results.

 

 

Explain

Students, not the teacher explain. The teacher is the facilitator, the guide to knowledge, not the giver. Lead open-ended discussions; provide web sites and periodicals, which lead to not only the answers, but to many more questions.

 

Elaborate

After students complete an inquiry-lab activity, sometimes they still may not have a clear understanding of what they were to learn. This is when the teacher needs to “elaborate”.  Design your inquiry-activity or project so that it will require more practice with the skills that you are aiming for, or want to expand upon.

 

Evaluate

There are a myriad of ways in which to evaluate students. There are times when paper and pencil are absolutely the best mode, but knowledge can be shown just as clearly with other authentic assessments such as a diorama, a flip and fold booklet, or a letter written to a friend to explain how to conduct an experiment.

 

Directed Inquiry

 

A Directed Inquiry activity begins each chapter.

 

  • Teacher guides students to explore science concepts through hands-on experiences, formulate and test hypotheses, and solve problems.

Teacher guides students to analyze and interpret data, synthesize ideas, build models and explain their conceptual understanding of scientific knowledge gained.

 

Guided Inquiry

 

A Guided Inquiry activity closes each chapter.

 

  • Students explore science concepts through hands-on experiences, formulate and test hypotheses, and solve problems in cooperative group(s).

Students analyze and interpret data, synthesize ideas, build models and explain their conceptual understanding of scientific knowledge gained in cooperative group(s).

 

Full Inquiry

 

Experiments and Science Fair Projects at the end of each unit provide opportunities for full Inquiry.

 

  • Students explore science concepts through hands-on experiences, formulate and test hypotheses, and solve problems independently.

Students analyze and interpret data, synthesize ideas, build models and explain their conceptual understanding of scientific knowledge gained independently.

 

IMPLEMENT WITH FIDELITY:

ESSENTIAL LABS

PACING GUIDES

New Ideas:

1. Applied Reading Skils

2. Vocabulary Development

3. Writing in Science

 

Science Department Meeting

16 Aug

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT – OPENING OF SCHOOLS MEETING

  1. Welcome Back!  Please open jmcsciencedepartment.wordpress.com
  2. Open House  September 19th

2A. COMMERCIAL FOR CLASSDOJO.COM –

HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT WE ALL USE IT THIS YEAR!

3. Platoons & Squads for 2013-14

4.  Baseline/Interim Assessments – I will have 6th & 7th Grade Pre-tests available for next week with generic answer sheets.

Dates for Science are Friday, August 23 & Monday, August 26

5. LAB STUFF

Updated Essential Labs will be posted 8/16/13

Lab Keys – Hopefully we kept them (?) and only 3 people need new keys

Lab & Computer Contract (website)

Lab Calendar & Sign Up – please sign up and use the Labs ASAP! We need these classrooms!

Lab Clean Up –  Remember we have homerooms in the labs. So please be sure to secure equipment before you leave at the end of each day.

6. Take 25 textbooks to start school – we will start distribution after Baselines and Pre-tests

Don’t let anyone write in them! They aren’t class sets and you will need to distribute the books you are using to kick off.

7. We will be meeting every OTHER Thursday morning at 8:35AM in Room 123

(The Thursday that isn’t a payroll calculation date.)

First Official Meeting  August 22nd   Next meeting would be September 5th

8. Lab Fees collection starts September 5th– I will hand out green tickets and recaps at that department meeting

9. Celebrations? Let’s give Mrs. Morale a break this year. Who would like to be the Science Social Committee Chair?   Meetings this year Coffee of course (starting September 5th!) Donuts & cookies or no?

10.  Science Fair –  Mr. Juan will be our SRC Chair

Preliminary dates:

Science Fair Kick Off – September 3rd (officially with handouts & website)

Publicize our parent workshop at Open House  September 19th

September 25th  or 26th  How to Survive Your Child’s Science Fair Project 101

Final Projects Due November 1 & 4

Science Family Night  November 20th or 21st

Experiments & Engineering projects are OK

(Bridges, Mousetrap Car, & Water Rockets – Use SECME specifications from 2013)

11.  OPENING SCHOOL STUFF

Please have ready for start of school:

Classroom Rules & Procedures

Grading Criteria (Please do not make a project 10 grades -try to break it down into smaller components – More grades are better!)

(Note: You may give an extra credit grade for having all materials – You should not give an academic grade for having materials. & Remember – Two grades per week entered into Pinnacle on a weekly basis.)

Course Content/Goals & Objectives/Syllabus

Homework Policy

Instructional Materials & Resources

New bell schedule & importance of attendance & arriving at school on time

ATTENDANCE:

Have attendance entered by 9:30AM without fail! If grade book is schitzy call Ms. Camacho for a HR roster printout.

Professional Responsibilities – All teachers need to review/verify the Attendance Bulletin. Don’t email unless you see a problem.

Admits – Make sure they are signed by Camacho or Miller or stamped – Check if the absence was permissible or not – Change the grade book entry if warranted. Sign the admit & give back to the student.

Professional Responsibilities- If you are using a lab or are outside of your classroom call Ms. Camacho or Ms. Miller and let them know – the who, what, where, when ; how is not neccessary.

Also – Put a note on the door as well but this does not obviate the need to call the front office.

MASTER SCHEDULE CHANGES:

Schedule changes are 3 weeks behind requests due to the number of registrations every day

E-mail Ms. Venzel  & Ms. Fonseca  on changes that need to be made – they won’t get mad! Do NOT make ANY requests directly to Ms. Bree about schedule changes! Go through Counselors.

**** If you have a child in your class that failed with you previously – Let the counselors know – they will reschedule the student.

Don’t print out a kid’s schedule from your computer – Our portal runs 1 or 2 days behind the master schedule programs. Lost schedule = trip to counselor – Call the counselor first.

If you get an orange counselor meeting notice PLEASE give it to the student during homeroom.

EMERGENCY LESSON PLANS

  1. Hand in 5 Days Emergency Lesson plans to me  by Friday, August 23rd
  2. Please do NOT put on plans “Make copies of pages…” Copies need to be made before handing the Lesson Plans in.

Ms. Mundo will be collecting these from Department Chairs   August 26th.

HOMEROOM –

PREPS will be video assignments coming SOON meanwhile SILENT READING.

AGENDA August 22nd –

UPDATED SCIENCE DEPARTMENT CURRICULUM PLAN  &  ACTIVITIES