Along with moving classrooms, two projects will get the majority of my time and effort this summer:
Project 1 Intensified Algebra training through Agile Mind. This is a new course for my high school. It is a two-period block with a strong social-emotional learning component. The goal is to empower students who are a year or more behind in math to get caught up and be geometry ready as sophomores. My homework includes reading articles, watching videos and writing reflections. Here are examples of the articles and videos.
- Dan Pink’s TEDTalk on Motivation. “People love to work but they hate to do useless work.” Debunks the notion that grading homework motivates students to do homework.
Project 2 Next Generation Science Standards High School Conceptual Progression Course 1 Bundle 1. This is an initiative through NCESD to take the NGSS bundles of Performance Expectations for ninth grade and turn them into units with lesson plans that apply the principles and strategies of Ambitious Science Teaching. A key ingredient of Ambitious Science is phenomena. My teaching/learning partner, Kristen Johansen, and I are using the collision of two galaxies as our phenomenon. This serves as our hook for our students as we address Newton’s 2nd Law and Law of Universal Gravitation, Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion and evidence for the Big Bang Theory.
It’s a good thing we get summers off!
Married to Larry, an old Coast Guard salt and amazing man.I get to share Larry with our yellow lab, Sherman.
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