The Science Classroom
January 2016 Update from Mr. Chiclana
Mr. Chiclana the Science Teacher
Biology and Earth Systems
Message to parents...
Parents can work as a partner with the teacher for the success of the students. This way the students have what they need to position themselves into a healthy path for the future. Therefore, let's keep in touch so that every student learns and succeeds in science.
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Introduction to Research Methods - For Science & Math Magnet Students
What's the plan for the New Year?
I am so happy to see all of my students back from their longer Holiday Break. I hope everyone was able to relax and send needed time with family and friends.
Now it's time to get back to work. I am happy to announce that while on break I was able to plan ahead and everyone can expect a fast pace and rigorous curriculum for IRM in the second semester. Students will have several scientist research projects to complete that will involve work at both in class and at home. They will also be introduced to "Problem Based Learning Labs" during the month of January and February.
Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem. Students learn both thinking strategies and domain knowledge. I will be helping them to think critically so they may be able to apply these skills to advanced research.