12 January 2008

Another Warm Welcome to...

...the students of St. John Fisher College. It is always a pleasure to meet more math and science teachers who are learning and investigating the potential of technology for the classroom. (For some of my favourite literacy sources, see a message I left for a previous group of students.)

I wish I could say that I have the whole science/literacy meld figured out, but I am still learning, too. I am finding a lot of pleasure in teaching students to read and write about science, even 17 years into my career. This old dog has plenty of new tricks to learn. You may find some of the links below helpful/interesting to your own investigations in science and literacy.

  • My students are learning that "but" and "because" are kinds of characters in expository writing. But-Man has been a great addition for my teen charges.
  • Like many teachers, I've been frustrated at times with students who don't write to the prompt they are provided. With some help from a former literacy coach, I developed some tools to help teach students to construct written responses in science.
  • Between reading and writing is thinking. You can give kids a framework to capture their thoughts when doing an inquiry with these tools for investigative design as well as investigate my own thoughts about teaching thinking skills.
Finally, my passion at the moment is about best practices in grading. (Plenty of thoughts and tools for standards-based grading can be found under my "grading" label.) As I reach the end of the semester and find that there are still many students not at standard, I am currently working on a large-scale remediation plan we will begin later this week. Take a peek at my tools for helping kids get over the bar with biochemistry concepts and the study skills mini-lessons I will be doing.

I wish you all much success with your course and hope you will stop by here from time to time to share your learning with all of us!

13 comments:

Wendy said...

Thank you again for your continued support of my grad students. Your commitment to student learning, passion for the profession, and willingness to share and reflect on your practice in a public forum is admirable.

If you are ever in need of any resources related to literacy skills in the content areas, please let me know. This semester the students will be starting a wiki to compile alternative text sources. As it grows, it may useful for other science/math teachers.

Where do you find the time to accomplish all that you do? I'm impressed.

The Science Goddess said...

Oh, that's easy: I have no life. LOL

I would enjoy seeing your wiki---every little bit is helpful. I am always grateful to share...and not ashamed to steal. :)

Best wishes with your new group of grad students. It's wonderful to keep adding to the learning community.

Wendy said...

MST Literacy Wiki - The 5 students in the class will be working on this through February. Hopefully as more sessions of this course are taught, this will become a great resource for locating alternative text sources for Math and Science.

If you work with elementary science/math teachers, please share my blog with them. I am always looking for other classrooms to collaborate with on science projects and share ideas. MST PORTAL - Promoting Open, Reflective Teaching and Learning

The Science Goddess said...

I will definitely pass your URL along. Thank you!

Tracy said...

Hi Science Goddess!

I love your chosen name, thats great! Thanks for the warm welcome. Joining Wendy's literacy class is the first opportunity I've had to really read or respond to blogs but I am very interested in seeing what people are sharing. I am slowly finding myself becoming addicted to checking my google reader.

I haven't had too much time to read through the things you have posted, but I too am really focussing on grading and assessing students this year. I looked through your mastery plan for reviewing. One thing I find that is really helpful for my students, is the opportunity to do corrections on their work after an exam. It takes some pressure and anxiety off, and it allows them to learn from their mistakes. Like you said- some say, 'when a unit is done, its done.' Absolutely not! Its so valuable for students to continue to practice and reflect on their learning.

Thanks again for the welcome!

The Science Goddess said...

I have so many colleagues who tell kids that the reason that there are no retakes or other opportunities in their classes is because "that's not how the real world works." Gimme a break. The "real world" is full of second chances.

Good luck with your MST class and enjoy your new addiction!

Caitlin said...

Thank you Science Goddess for the welcome! Like Tracy, this is really my first time using blogs. Right now I am working on my certifiation in Biology and Special Ed. I really think these blogs will help me alot. I am finding great ideas, and I cant wait to actually use them! Thanks for being so helpful! :)

The Science Goddess said...

Best wishes to you, Caitlin. I hope that you find The Edusphere a rich resource for your learning. I'm glad you're here to share with us.

MICHAEL said...

Thank you for the welcome.I am new at blogs but I can envision its usefulness with education.

Laurie said...

Hi Science Goddess! Thank you so much for welcoming us to your blog and all of your resources. Like everyone else, this is my first experience with blogs. This introduction to blogging is already proving to be extremely useful. I was looking through some of your posts and read through the "teach students to construct written responses in science". I will be certified in chemistry, physics, and math and have seen some of the written responses given in these classes. Students really struggle with this type of assignment. I think your procedure of going through the process is priceless and I am anxious to try and use it in my own class and also to get a chance to look through more! Thanks again!

The Science Goddess said...

Best wishes to you as you continue to explore the Edusphere. We're a pretty genial bunch. :)

Ted said...

As the rest of my classmates have already said, Thank you for the warm welcome. I think this is the first time I have ever been recognized on the internet for anything. I also love the name that you have chosen for your blog. It is great to hear about your experiences first hand, not having them for myself yet. I already have a bunch of ideas jumping around in my head inspired by reading your blog. Thank you.

The Science Goddess said...

I hope you find your career choice both challenging and fulfilling. Let us know how things go, ideas that you have, and improvements we can make, too.