Science Department Meeting 12/5/13

5 Dec

AGENDA

1. BIG DATA DAY

a. SIP

b. Fall Interim Scores & TARGET BENCHMARKS

2.  FIRST – THANKS MR. JUAN!

From: Oddone, Juan S. 
Sent: Monday, December 02, 2013 3:18 PM
To: 
Subject: SRC Committee – December 16
Importance: High
 
Dear Science Fair enthusiasts!
 
If you are interested in participating in the Regional SRC committee, help review the project entries, and learn a little more about the importance of the paperwork being submitted for the South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair; please reply to this email ASAP.
 
The committee will meet on December 16 in the School Board Annex Building, substitute funding is available. Please forward this information to the appropriate teacher who may be in charge of reviewing projects at your school.  
 
Teachers with specific background in medical, environmental, and biochemical research are highly encouraged to contact me. If you are interested in participating, please reply to this email ASAP and wait for my confirmation.
 
Please include full name, id #, and school name
3. LUNCH TOMORROW!  Bring dessert
4. JUST A REMINDER TO PLEASE – PLEASE CLEAN UP THE LAB BEFORE YOUR CLASS LEAVES THE ROOM. WE HAVE HAD TO “CLEAN UP AFTER OTHERS” A FEW TOO MANY TIMES THIS YEAR!
THANK YOU!

Science Department Meeting -November 21, 2013

21 Nov

1) SCIENCE FAIR ROCKED! Thank you!

2)Science Luncheon December 6th  – We will figure it out – Lunch is catered bring a dessert

3) Chrome Books Mr. Falcon has agreed to put $10-15,000 into the Chrome books – Now we need $30-45,000 more!

4) BIG DATA next meeting December 5th Bring your binder and a 3 hole punch.

5) Please print a copy of the Year at a Glance Calendar for each course you teach – Highlight what you have covered already and circle where you are now and send me the copy as soon as possible. TKS!

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.

Science Department Meeting 10/24/13

24 Oct

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT  AGENDA  MEETING 10/24/13

1)   THE WORD FROM ABOVE –

A)  Interims & Quarterlies –  P/Up Interims after school today –

Quarterlies are open to download & print

Wednesday-Thursday, 10/30-10/31

Math 6, 7, 8, Geometry, Science 8

PHYSICAL SCIENCE – 7th GRADE QUARTERLY ASSESSMENT w/8th

Would suggest everyone else test the week after and scan as you have access – the Brother Scanners still have edusoft reader – You should export your data to EXCEL

Do we need a mini-workshop on how to export to excel & reports for data binders? OCTOBER 31st Meeting ?

B) Instructional Review –  Reading in Science – Cheatsheet coming -10/31

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 ____________________________________

Related topic – Possible  SCIENCE iHEAT Workshop – Beyond the Essential Labs

Use the time to assemble lab kits for 2nd & 3rd 9 weeks by grade level – schedules – model running the labs – Close with best practices for Lab Writeups & Assessment,  5 E’s Engage Explain Explore Elaborate Evaluate

D) WORD OF THE DAY – 4 Corners

WHICH WAS THE MOST COMMON TEACHER ERROR IN PRESENTING MASS TO STUDENTS?

A)    MIXED UP MASS AND WEIGHT RELATIONSHIP

B)    MIXED UP MASS AND VOLUME

C)     MIXED UP MASS AND DENSITY

D)    THOUGHT MASS WAS A MATHEMATICS VOCABULARY WORD

2) BEST PRACTICES – Assessment doesn’t always have to be pencil & paper…

3)   SCIENCE FAIR  Judging Friday November 8th  Science Family Night November 13th

 

4)   IPEGS DESCRIPTORS

5)   SURVEY OF EXPERTISE –

6)   WE NEED STUFF PART 1 – TECHNOLOGY NEEDS

7)   WE NEED STUFF!  – DONORS CHOOSE & ADOPT A CLASSROOM MADE EASY

8)   HOMEWORK – WHAT KIND OF TUTORING & PULLOUT SHOULD WE OFFER FOR SCIENCE?

Look at the EXTENDED LEARNING MODULES IN LEARNING VILLAGE

SHOULD WE REQUIRE 8th GRADE TO GO THROUGH FCAT EXPLORER ON A PULLOUT BASIS PRIOR TO FCAT?

DONORS CHOOSE
EXAMPLE: I am currently a seventh grade middle school science teacher in a high needs area. My students are motivated learners and the classroom would benefit from basic supplies including markers, chart paper, reference posters, tape, laminating pouches, etc.The majority of the students in my school are struggling financially. Most students qualify for the state’s free or reduced meal program. Often times, the students come into school without the necessary materials to succeed in school. My school has lost $1 million in the recent budget cuts and teachers are no longer able to personally give each student the resources they desire.As part of the new science scope and sequence, students are required to understand the many ideas and concepts from all areas of science. I love doing hands-on activities, but my students are 12-year-old children and have a tendency to lose things. Having basic supplies within the classroom and allow me to continue to create engaging science activities. Chart Paper, markers and tape are necessary everyday in lessons and activities, if the students don’t have them they can not be successful. The reference charts and laminating pouches will supply visual aid to our science curriculum and keep them durable for years to come. Folders will assist student maintaining portfolios and tracking their science progress. Having everyday classroom supplies available will help make each lesson run more smoothly and more learning will be accomplished.A student-centered curriculum is a tool that I find effective for science success. I can’t do this without your help. Please support and provide basic classroom supplies for my young scientists.

SCIENCE KIT –  $922.40 –

4 Triple Beam Balances with weight set $110 x 4 $440.00

4 Electronic scale $40.00 X 4 $160.00

4 Hot plates  $20.00 X 4 = $80.00

6 sets Graduated cylinders –

Large View

6 Laboratory Starter Sets of 4 Cylinders

Price: $61.50

Six sets of four graduated cylinders each (10 ml, 25 ml, 50 ml, 100 ml) with six density volume finders. Ideal for rapid and positive volume finding when doing density experiments.

Product Number: SB26111(A)M

4 sets Beakers

Large View

Set of 5 Glass Beakers

Price: $21.50  X 4 = $86

A best-selling starter set ideal for any laboratory. Includes one borosilicate beaker each of 50 ml, 100 ml, 250 ml, 600 ml, and 1000 ml.

 

12 Thermometers $1.95 x 12= $23.40

12 Meter sticks  $5.00 x 12= $60.00

12 Rulers $1.00 = $12.00

ADOPT A CLASSROOM

EXAMPLE:  Having children wanting to read is always challenging, but it seems that the children of an inner city environment make it more so. My goal is to have enough supplies to make their job more attainable. My students would benefit from everyday supplies such as pencils, tape, and marble note books. We have just installed raised bed vegetable gardens at our school. The children of all grades are very excited for this science and math learning area. My class has adopted the primary care for these gardens and we will be having classes as well as maintaining them throughout the year. Some additional supplies might be clip boards so the children can continue to take notes while outside. In addition to caring for out successful gardens we are in the planning stages for a new program called “Trout in the Classroom”. This project needs a 55 gallon fish tank and stand as well as a cooler, filter and other fish supplies. The students would watch the trout eggs hatch, grow and finally release the fry in a local pond. Much math, science, and recording of information would be maintained regularly. All donations would be greatly appreciated, and I would like to thank you personally and on the behalf of my students.

 

FOLDABLES & GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS KIT

1 Box of colored pencils    $40.00

240 Pc. Crayola® Colored Pencils. These pencils feature thick, soft leads that are strong enough for your students’ most detailed projects. Perfect for color mixing and blending, each pencil has its color name stamped right on the barrel. Each pencil is pre-sharpened (3.3mm tip) and ready for immediate use! Convenient pack makes them easy to store and use, too. 12 pencil sharpeners are included in each Crayola® Pencil Classpack®. Includes 20 each of 12 colors.

 

30 Pc. Elmer’s® Classroom Pack Clear Glue Sticks.  $15.00

These glue sticks cleanup easily with a damp cloth when the glue is wet or washes out of clothing with soap and water after drying. Preferred by teachers for a variety of school projects, Elmer’s® Classroom Pack Clear Glue Sticks are a classroom essential. (30 pcs. per unit) Safe and non-toxic. Acid free. Clear, .24 oz. each. Confroms to ASTM D-4236.

 

Box of markers  $33.00    Rounded Tip Marker Classpack. Quality long lasting markers at a great price. Kids will enjoy the smooth coverage of these 16 vivid colors! The class won’t have to fight over these utensils because there’s plenty to go around! This pack is perfect in the art room or playroom. (16 pcs. per color, 256 markers per unit) Safe and non-toxic. Conforms to ASTM D-4236.

 

12 Scissors  $2.00  = $12.00

Large White paper Pacon White Newsprint

18″ x 24″, White, 500 Sheets Per Ream    $15.00

 

Construction paper  18 x 24  (50) 10 packs $30.00

Tag board 18 x 12 (100) $10.00 per pack x 3 $30.00

LIST OF IPEGS STANDARDS & DESCRIPTORS            JOB DISCRIPTION 101

2. KNOWLEDGE OF LEARNERS – The teacher identifies and addresses the needs of learners by demonstrating respect for individual differences, cultures, backgrounds, and learning styles.             Highly Effective – The professional’s work is exceptional, in addition to meeting the standard – The teacher consistently meets the individual and diverse needs of learners in a highly effective manner.

3. INSTRUCTIONAL PLANNING – The teacher uses appropriate curricula (including state reading requirements, if applicable), instructional strategies, and resources to develop lesson plans that include goals and/or objectives, learning activities, assessment of student learning, and home learning in order to address the diverse needs of students. Highly Effective – The teacher consistently creates, evaluates and modifies, as appropriate, instructional strategies during the planning process

4. INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY AND ENGAGEMENT – The teacher promotes learning by demonstrating accurate content knowledge and by addressing academic needs through a variety of appropriate instructional strategies and technologies that engage learners. Highly Effective – The teacher consistently optimizes learning by engaging all groups of students in higher-order thinking and by effectively implementing a variety of appropriate instructional strategies and technologies

5. ASSESSMENT – The teacher gathers, analyzes, and uses data (including FCAT state assessment data, as applicable) to measure learner progress, guide instruction, and provide timely feedback. Highly Effective – The teacher consistently demonstrates expertise in using a variety of formal and informal assessments based on intended learning outcomes to assess learning. Also teaches learners how to monitor and reflect on their own academic progress.

6. COMMUNICATION – The teacher communicates effectively with students, their parents or families, staff, and other. Highly Effective – The teacher consistently uses a variety of communication techniques to inform, collaborate with, and/or respond to students and other stakeholders in a highly effective manner as members of the learning community.

7. PROFESSIONALISM – The teacher demonstrates behavior consistent with legal, ethical, and professional standards and engages in continuous professional growth. Highly Effective – The teacher consistently demonstrates a high level of professionalism, contributes to the professional growth of others, and/or assumes a leadership role within the learning community

8. LEARNING ENVIRONMENT – The teacher creates and maintains a safe learning environment while encouraging fairness, respect, and enthusiasm. Highly Effective-  The teacher consistently provides a well managed stimulating student centered environment that is academically challenging and respectful.

 

 

 

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT SURVEY OF EXPERTISE    –       I AM MOST EXPERT AT:

(   ) ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES (VARIED METHODS -FORMATIVE & SUMMATIVE)

(   )CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE – LAB MANAGEMENT – SAFETY, SELF MANAGEMENT & RESPONSIBILITY

(   )CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE – KEEPING STUDENTS MOTIVATED, ON-TASK & AWAKE

(   )CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE – LEADING DISCUSSIONS – (STAYING ON POINT BUT BRINGING IN EVERYONE’S VOICE)

(   )LESSON PLANNING – INFUSING CREATIVITY INTO ACTIVITIES

(   )LESSON PLANNING – KEEPING LASER FOCUS ON STANDARDS & BENCHMARKS

(   )LESSON PLANNING – DEVELOPING UNITS OF STUDY THAT BUILD TO FULL UNDERSTANDING OF TOPIC COVERED & TIE IN ACROSS TOPICS

(   )INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY – MODIFICATIONS TO KEEP ESOL/SPED/ & REMEDIATION STUDENTS IN THE LEARNING LOOP

(   )INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY – USE OF TECHNOLOGY : MY SMART BOARD IS NOT AN EXPENSIVE OVERHEAD OR MOVIE PROJECTOR.

(   )CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN ACTIVITIES

(   )CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN QUESTIONING

(   )LECTURE- SAGE ON STAGE – WHEN I LECTURE I CAN HOLD MY AUDIENCE IN SPELLBOUND ATTENTION.

(    )COMMUNICATION – PROACTIVELY KEEPING PARENTS INFORMED ADDRESSING PARENT CONCERNS

(   )COMMUNICATION – BRINGING COLLEAGUES TOGETHER FOR JOINT LESSONS, ACTIVITIES, PLANNING WITHING DISCIPLINE & ACROSS DISCIPLINES

(   )ASSESSMENT & DATA – CAN CONNECT THE DATA TO EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION & REMEDIATION

 

 

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CONTENT KNOWLEDGE – RANK IN ORDER STRONGEST 1 – WEAKEST  6

(  ) PHYSICS         (   ) CHEMISTRY       (   ) BIOLOGY     (   ) SCIENTIFIC PROCESS                          (   ) GEOLOGY      (   ) ASTRONOMY

NAME:_________________________________________________________________________________________________

WE NEED MORE STUFF = HOW TO GET IT:

TITLE I /SCHOOL BASED FUNDING $15,000 – $25,000

FUNDRAISING – $30,000 – $20,00

SCHOOL COMMUNITY     $15,000

                        BUSINESS COMMUNITY $15,000

 

12 CHROMEBOOKS IN EVERY SCIENCE CLASSROOM!

USING $250 BASE PRICE  AND 15 CLASSROOMS   180 computers  $45,000

Assumes fast reliable wifi

(COST PER CLASSROOM $3,000)

 

SCIENCEWORKS – MULTIMEDIA INVESTIGATIONS

2 LAPTOPS WITH PROBEWARE & GRAPHING PROGRAMS & PRINTER ($1500)

2 CHROMEBOOKS FOR GROUP PROJECT WRITTEN PRODUCT w/INTERNET RESEARCH ($500)

2 TABLET/IPAD  VIDEO & VISUALS PRODUCTION & INTERNET RESEARCH  ($1000)

(COST PER CLASSROOM $3000)

MIX IT UP

Each teacher picks one or the other package –

 

OTHER IDEAS:

 

CHEAT SHEET FOR VOCABULARY  10/24

CAT FUR – Long fur  Short fur

 

F – short fur

f- long fur

 

Example of a simple one-locus (position on the chromosome) trait , two-allele, dominant vs. recessive method of inheritance

 

Recessive —The form of a trait that will be masked unless the organism is homozygous for this trait.

Dominant —The form of a trait that is expressed or shown when the combination of alleles for this trait is heterozygous.

Heterozygous —A cell or organism that has two different alleles for a particular trait.

Homozygous—A type of cell or organism that has identical rather than different alleles for a particular trait.

Zygous- similarity of the alleles for a trait

Phenotype – organism‘s observable characteristics or traits,

Genotype- organism’s genetic makeup

 

 

Science Department Meeting 10/10/13

24 Oct

Ivette Delgado  – Informational Meeting on ThinkGate Testing software

Science Department Meeting 10/3/13

24 Oct

SUPPORTING READING INSTRUCTION THROUGH SCIENCE

TWEENTIME Program – Mrs. Bronson

Meeting Agenda

20 Sep

1.  PROCEDURES TO PROPERLY COLLECT LAB FEES with materials tickets   –    COPIES OF THE MATERIALS RECEIPT TALLY ARE ON THE WAY!

2. IPDP DUE MONDAY TO MR GRIFFITH

3. HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR CHILD’S RESEARCH PROJECT   Parent Workshop Wednesday  September 25th 6:00-7:00PM Flyers coming!

4. Bridge Kits go on sale Wednesday September 25th -27th  Deliveries  Friday 10/4/13   Sales resume the week of October 7-11

Delivery  October 18th  Then we are done with the bridge business!

5. Jill Bartley – iHEAT  and Science

Aside

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