Computer Discipline

I’ve seen a vast wide range in norming student computer etiquette in classrooms. From being laissez-faire and figuring, “well the school of hard knocks will eventually teach ’em if they are fooling around on their computers”, and looking the other way as students hack away getting themselves further down a rabbit hole of negative consequences. To the opposite point of view of wearing that commando uniform and not allowing students to open their Chromebooks or log-in until the word “go”. Having volunteers that organize the Chromebook cart and plug them in each day. And Holding a hard line of “No Fidgeting on the computer.” “If you must fidget, do it on the desk, notebook, or something else, but not the computer.” The latter is the style I’ve embraced this year. When the kids come into class, the computer numbers, along with student names to which they are assigned, are projected onto the front screen along with the day’s Pear Deck log-in code. So, students must use a particular computer each time. This way, we can track down any problems to a particular student. I usually have started my 6 different Sessions (for 6 academic classes) before the students arrive. That way I don’t have to open any new sessions throughout the day, only close and save them with the name of the class period. The computers are all over the desks, and the kids immediately begin rearranging the room placing Chromebooks on the tables of other students they know, but haven’t yet arrived. So I praise and reward them for helping out their neighbors. As a result, there’s less...

Pear Deck in the Science Classroom

If you break down the teaching of Science into its most basic form, all the way to binary, I figure it’s “Thinking” & “Explaining”. “Thinking” is usually taught through experimentation and manipulation. So, everybody probably agrees that a good Science teacher’s room is active with loads of manipulatives, demos, and experiments. But, it’s that “Explaining” half of the equation that is particularly difficult to teach. Many students arrive below grade level in reading, writing, and math skill. We often see large divides between our students’ ability to think vs. explain. The reasons for this problem are debatable. But, we teachers are not hired to “solve” the problem, only to help the child overcome it. What I’m advocating is the use of the best tool in our teaching arsenal; formative assessments. Some simple examples of when you use them are when you have kids show a thumbs up, sideways, or down for checking understanding. When you make them “think-pair-share.” Or when you use an exit ticket. So, it’s those times for student reflection that really get most of the class understanding the material. I believe the most powerful computerized formative assessment tool is Pear Deck, due to its seamless integration with the Google environment, and multi-modal student response features. What other program allows for drawing, coloring, and typing all in the same answer? It’s a formative assessment platform that displays exemplars in real-time. Students get to see well formatted models and answers, discussions can ensue, and everybody can make changes bringing up the level of the entire class. With this Google Add-On, the teacher can start a lesson by finding...

2018: 1st Quarter Assignments Intro to Java

Schoology Class Join Code  BKRK5-CJR2T  Intro to Java Welcome Back Questions (Pride) Create a Website Include Image, Table, Link, Java “widget”, Font Customization, Horizontal Line (Formative) Actively Learn join code = “bppgq” Is Tech Making us Smarter or Dumber? (Formative) Khan Academy (Formative) Typing Test 1...

2018: 1st Quarter 6th Grade Physical Science Assignments

Expectations Handout and Safety Contract (Pride) Five Truths & a Lie Website Familiarization Homework (Pride) What is Science? What is Science Video Mystery Tube Homework (Pride) How to Graph Video Shadow Lab (Formative) Shadow Lab Data Table Shadow Lab Graph Shadow Lab Conclusion Shadow Lab Data Table 2 Shadow Lab Graph 2 Shadow Lab Conclusion 2p1 Shadow Lab Conclusion 2 p2 Shadow Lab Conclusion 3 p1 Shadow Lab Conclusion 3 p2 Shadow Lab Conclusion 3 p3 Pendulum Homework (Pride) Pendulum example p1 Pendulum example p2 Pendulum example p3 Mini Speed Lab (Formative) Graphing Change of Speed Speed Graph Notes Quiz 1 (Summative) Quiz 1 ex. p1 Quiz 1 ex. p2 Quiz 1 ex. p3 Quiz 1 ex. p3 experiment questions Quiz 1 ex. p4 Fake Science Project Homework (Pride) Inclined Roll Lab (Formative) This Year’s Example Write-up! (5) Lab example 1 p1 Lab example 1 p2 Lab example 1 p3 Lab example 2 p1 Lab example 2 p2 Lab example 2 p3 Science Project Homework 1 (Pride) Science Project Homework 2 (Pride) Quiz 2 (Summative) Quiz 2 p1 Quiz 2 p2 Quiz 2 p3 Science Project Homework 3...

2018: 4th Quarter 6th Grade Physical Science Assignments

Intro to Atoms Clickers Periodic Table Homework (10 pts) (PP) Metals Clickers Favorite Radioisotope Homework (10 pts) (PP) Non Metals Clickers Make a Compound Homework (10 pts) (PP) Student Examples Atoms & Elements Quiz (20 pts) (Summative) Atoms & Elements ex. 1 Atoms & Elements ex. 2 Atoms & Elements ex. 3 Atoms & Elements ex. 4 Atom Builders Project (10 pts) (Formative) Project Requirements Alien Periodic Table (20 pts) (Formative) Example Electron Dot Diagramming Notes All of the Atoms Notes 2017 Chemical Equation Homework (10 pts) (PP) Molecules & Compounds Notes Acids & Bases Homework (10 pts) (PP) Bonds Lab (20 pts) (Formative) Bonds Lab data table p1 Bonds Lab data table p2 Bonds Lab data table p3 Bonds Lab data table p4 Bonds Lab conclusion p1 Bonds Lab conclusion p2 Bonds Lab conclusion p3 Bonds Lab conclusion p4 Bonds Lab example 2 p1 Bonds Lab example 2 p2 Bonds Lab example 2 p3 Bonds Lab example 2 p4 Bonds Lab example 3 p1 Bonds Lab example 3 p2 Bonds Lab example 3 p3 Balancing Equations Notes PHET’s Balancing Equations Game Balance 10 Chemical Equations (10 pts) (Formative) Chemical Equations p2 40 Equations Balanced Year End Final (33 pts) (Summative) page 1 page 2 page 3 page 4 page 5 page 6 page 7 2 Hot 2 Handle Lab (20 pts) (Formative) Hypothesis Example Data Table Example Notes Example Conclusion p1 Example Conclusion p2 Example Conclusion p3...