Fritz Science Class Expectations

Changing Strategies for Changing Times!

Wouldn't you want class to be more exciting?

21st Century is demanding new skill sets from graduating teens. The times are showing this as well as educational research. Therefore, we will be changing how we will be DOING science from now on.

Expectations

You will:

1) Investigate - research answers to YOUR questions

2) Experiment - design and implement experiments

3) Collaborate - work together with classmates

4) Create - generate meaningful presentations using new web tools

5) Reflect - think back on your learning and success

The Basics of Our Madness!!!!

EMPHASIS IS ON LEARNING, NOT ON A GRADE!

GRADING

No more completion points! Your grade will be a reflection of how well you have learned the concepts. Each student will be required to demonstrate his or her learning and these demonstrations will be measured using the concept descriptions found below:

Earth Science - https://docs.google.com/a/williamsburg.k12.ia.us/document/d/1C0dz0XxX-6U19EILUU4cnTNwXjc8UmxTeKAbXnt-vxQ/edit


Biology - https://docs.google.com/a/williamsburg.k12.ia.us/document/d/1vgSy7yVU59pi7LzRoXrQND-mote8zhSyayktygMm-3g/edit


Rubrics will be provided for helpful feedback. Rubrics will be designed with the standards posted above in mind. In short, your HOMEWORK and PRESENTATIONS should reveal the evidence of learning the concepts!

Basic Rubric that will be used:

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Experiment / Investigation Phase

Following some introductory learning, the focus becomes working with DATA. Depending upon the nature of the topic under study, the following options will outline the possibilities for this phase of learning:


A) Research - doing google searches to find data and or or information to help answer questions. Make sure your questions are testable questions that help guide the searches in looking for data!


B) Experiments - creating an experiment so you can OBSERVE or test the effects of ONE variable to collect data to help answer your TESTABLE question.


C) Surveys - using google forms to survey people can also provide data to be analyzed.

Presentation Expectations

The following outline should be used in every presentation unless otherwise specified:

I. Introduction to topic and study

II. Basic Concepts

III. Experiment / Investigation

IV. Results / Data

V. Conclusions

VI. Applications to Real Life


Presentation should also be given with the following expectations met:

1. Do not read off of slides - you are sharing, teaching, communicating, etc.

2. Energy - appropriate voice level, voice inflections, nonverbals, eye contact, etc.

3. Use of Technology - you should be "stretching" yourselves each time you present by choosing a different technology presentation tool (In other words, you can use Keynote or Google Drive Presentation no more than twice!)


See the following blog for additional Web tools:Click http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/Presentation+Tools

Blog Reflection Expectations

  1. Complete sentences!
  2. Proper grammar!
  3. Minimum 2 paragraphs!
  4. Reflection - "thinking about your own thinking," what did you learn? What did you agree or disagree with? What shocked or surprised you? How might you live differently now as a result of what you learned?
  5. Completed every week by Friday, 3:35 p.m.

Higher Order Thinking Skills Defined:

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