About This Class:
1. Class Structure: this year we are “flipping the classroom” for science, which means students are watching short videos at home that cover the notes I would normally give in class. Students then come to class with the notes and complete practice work during class time which allows them to receive assistance from myself or their peers.
2. SLMS: students have access to SLMS (social learning management system) through the Bull Run website. This is the main access for our “flipped classroom”, where we post our graded practice assignments, class announcements, video notes, and drop boxes for other class assignments.
3. Homework: instead of traditional homework/practice which we will work on class, students will have to watch online videos for their notes and complete them before class. If students do not have access to a computer they are encouraged to see me before school, during advisory, or to go to the library during lunch to watch the videos.
4. Graded Practice & Retakes: In class we will complete a brief 5 question “Graded Practice” for every new learning target that we work on. These will happen usually between 1-3 times a week. This is a way for me to assess student understanding and for students to gauge how well they are mastering the material. Through this method, each students’ grades should truly reflect their mastery of the content instead of their ability to turn in excessive amounts of homework.
5. Graded Practice Retakes: This year, in an effort to lessen paperwork both for me and for the students, the 8th grade science department has decided to not do re-takes for the graded practice assignments. Our Unit test is broken down into sections that match the graded practices so that if Solaiman does better on the matching section of the unit test (showing that Solaiman has continued to work on and master the material), then I will replace the low grades on the graded practice with the score from that section of the test. We also decided on this policy as a team to keep from having to test or quiz our students over and over again, while still giving them an opportunity to improve their scores by showing they have learned the information.
6. EDD Project/Science Fair: All students should be bringing home a project contract before September 28th which will commit students to either an EDD Project (which is a short experiment that students will complete at home) or the science fair. Students should settle on a topic of study for the EDD project or science fair and turn it in with your signature by 9/28
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Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the 2016-2017 school year!
This year we will explore the two areas of physical science, physics and chemistry. This is an exciting topic because it explains HOW THE WORLD WORKS! By understanding chemistry we understand how everything in the world is put together and by exploring physics we can understand how everything moves once it is put together.
I look forward to exploring these ideas with you throughout this year!
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