Links, Labs, & Lessons for Science Teachers
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Phenominal Site for us all! A perfect way to teach concepts with dynamic visual aids Could be assigned as homework !
An Elevated Course Organization
Communication to parents
Parents are our best allies and friends. They want what we want; i.e.
what is best for their children.
We need to accentuate that commonality, and shun any devisive tendencies.
Sometimes teachers are encouraged to have minimal contacts with parents.
This is a serious detriment to the best possible upbringing of our students.
We must work together, teachers and parents, with the same touchstone in
front of us: What is the best for their child?
Sometimes parents feel excluded and that fosters a need to feel
influence; this can express itself as a confrontational style or a micro-managing
outlook. They should not be excluded. They should not feel excluded.
- Welcome them into the classroom.
- Share the work with them.
- Make preemptive calls.
- Call them for good work.
- Encourage them to come to school events to meet you.
Trust can and should happen. We can then both work with the
child and this may save education.
I give grades 4 times a quarter. This is about once every two weeks.
It takes time but has the advantages of: no student lost without early
and proper notification; interim grades calculated easily - 25 minutes;
quarter grades calculated and marked in an hour; late work must be closed
out every two weeks; student knows grade continually; parent knows grade
frequently. It fosters the working together of the triad of teacher-student-parent.
Assignments are listed with points and letter grades earned; a turned-in
check box is included.
On the reverse side of the assigment sheet is the paper that students
take home for signature - called the Point Sheet.
In my grade book I keep a page for each class for each two week
period. Four sheets make up the quarter. I can flip back for quick reference.
Record keeping/Timesaving Tool Seating Chart -writeable Best Teaching Practice Award 2011*
One useful method is to cut a post-it down to about a 3/4" square; write
one students name on it; do this for the entire class; then press them
on a blank chart where the students are assigned; then, put the chart into
a vinyl page sleeve and use a Water-soluble marker.
Advantages: Students can be moved around quickly An water-soluble overhead marker
can be used to mark on the chart;
I use it for
Marks are later transfered to the gradebook- even by a helper; a damp towel readies the
chart for its next use.
quick grades of each student's work e.g. notebooks;
notes for who has not done the homework ;
marks for who left a messy lab station;
quick roll taking.
* Given by myself, the owner of all awards and all points in the Universe (Most Improved given to each class each two week cycle and 1000 points given out every 2 weeks to each studen! What Largess!
Light Ray Diagrams
great optics tutorial - convex lens ray diagrams
Phytsics2 Univ of Florida Many simple diagrams with questions
Space & Earth ScienceGalileo
Unidata - geosciences data services
General Resources Exploratorium in San Francisco
The oldest science center
Discovery Channel Online version
LBNL ELSI Home Page
Ethics in Science - Labs for Middle Schools
SargeantWelch Home Page.
Catalog, their resources, some non-commercial.
Especially good labs for use in Physical Science
2. Play outside near end of year with all the funn toys of physics. A list of some we used:
Thermocline lab - Aim bunsen burner at surface of water in beaker for say
10 min. Then use thermometer to measure temp at different depths. Graph
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