Science Department Meeting 10/31/13

31 Oct

AGENDA

SCIENCE FAIR 2013/14

WE WILL SHOWCASE/DISPLAY:

1)   BOARDS

2)   GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR   https://www.googlesciencefair.com/en/2013/

3)   BRIDGES

MR. GRAY – INTERESTED IN JOINING TO SHOWCASE? (HAS CAMBRIDGE NIGHT 11/20)

AWARDS FOR

Science Scholars – Certificate with drape

Google Science Fair Projects Drape & Medals

Science Fair Projects –  Drape & Medals /Trophies for 123 by grade Level

Bridges- Construction Technique Medals

Bridges- Top 3 weight holding Medals

15 Teachers – Science Scholars  1 or 2 per class = 6 or 12 per teacher?

Then TOP Google Science Fair Projects (POWERPOINTS)

Science Fair Projects Honorable Mention/Excellent/Superior/ 1-2-3

BOARD PROJECTS TO THE PLANNING ROOM  November 5th Latest!                        Student Name Teacher Name & GRADE LEVEL

INVITATIONS GO OUT Thursday November 7th

TRIPLE CHECK THE INVITATION LIST

WEDNESDAY NIGHT  A “BLOW UP” COPY OF THE LIST -BY TEACHER- WILL BE ON WALLS WITH HIGHLIGHTERS – LET STUDENTS KNOW – IF YOU DO NOT CHECK IN YOU WILL NOT BE CALLED UP!

These lists will be cut and pasted into the SCRIPT

Need someone to help with the VOX POPULI – Mr. Teas is testing Bridges

PROGRAMS PROOFED (Ms. Morales) AND READY BY Tuesday, November 12th to run

Questions – Improvements- Ideas?

FESTIVITIES – Will everyone still be here the week of December 2nd?

Breakfast or Lunch? LUNCH with Mr. Griffith’s help adjusting schedules Friday December 6th

Wednesday, Thursday or Friday – Celebratory Food!

 

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES

TABLING THIS ITEM TO MS. LORENTE –

SHE IS PREPARING SURVEYS AND SAMPLES OF PROTOCOLS, CLARIFYING QUESTIONS AND OTHER PLC LINGO FOR US TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH BEFORE WE LAUNCH

READY BY NOVEMBER 21st – WHO WANTS TO FACILITATE 1st MEETING

8th Grade _______________________________________

7th Grade _______________________________________

6th Grade _______________________________________

C) PLCs – Best way to organize – by grade level 5 teachers = 6 meetings  18 MPP – Must use protocols   Nov 21  Jan 23  Feb 20  Mar 20  Apr 17  May  15  Everyone is a leader – chair rotates – first suggested protocol & person to present

TOPIC- How are we reaching our special populations- SPED, ELL, LEVEL 1 READERS

PROTOCOL –  FISHBOWL DISCUSSION

§         To generate dynamic group involvement and have active participation from participants.

§         To discuss controversial topics (less productive for heavily didactical content).

§         To observe, analyze and learn from another group’s thinking process (outer circle).

§         As an alternative for a traditional debate.

  • As an alternative for an expert panel discussion or a presentation of speaker(s): Instead of hours of presentations, give the speaker(s) 5-15 minutes to present their ideas. Then the speaker(s) join(s) the inner circle, which will be open for 1-3 ‘visitors’ and the objective is to let the content emerge from the comments and questions of the group. This reduces the distinction made between experts and audience.

III. How to make this work

There are two types of fishbowl:

  • The open fishbowl, in which a few chairs (1-2) in the inner circle (5-8 people) remain empty. Any member of the audience can, at any time, occupy the empty chair and join the fishbowl. When this happens, an existing member of the fishbowl must voluntarily leave the fishbowl and free a chair. The discussion continues with participants frequently entering and leaving the fishbowl. Limitations to participants joining the inner circle can be put in place:
    • Time limit (1-5 minutes).
    • Only make one substantial statement or comment.
    • Participants can only enter the inner circle by changing position with the one on ‘the visitors’ chair’.
  • In a closed fishbowl, all chairs are filled. The facilitator splits the participants in two groups (or more as needed). The initial participants in the inner circle speak for some time about the subject as indicated by the facilitator. When time runs out (or when no new points are added to the discussion), initial participants leave the fishbowl and a new group from the audience enters the fishbowl. The new group continues discussing the previous issue.
    This may continue until many audience members have spent some time in the fishbowl.

In both cases, when time runs out, the fishbowl is closed and the moderator summarizes the discussion.

Facilitator:

  • Analyzes the appropriateness of this technique to the objectives of the event.
  • Explains experts participating in the fishbowl ahead of time how the process works and what their role will be (no time for long presentation, etc.).
  • Summarizes the discussion.
  • Encourages discussion and keeps it only among the inner circle.
  • Prepares some questions to ask the learners once they are assembled back into a large group. This is where the real reflection often occurs.

Variations:

  • Divide into two groups and let them prepare 2-4 questions for the other group. The inside group has a discussion on the questions. When everyone in the inner circle had a chance to speak, reverse circles.
  • Feedback Fishbowl:
    • Let the inner circle discuss the assigned topic or problem (15-20 minutes).
    • Then have those in the inner circle turn around in the chairs and receive feedback from the outer circle on a one-on-one basis.
    • The inner circle returns to its prior discussion mode, integrating the comments of the outer circle into the new round of discussion (10-15 minutes).
    • Inner and outer circle switch places and now the other group observes silently.

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