21 September Science 7 Turn in Tumble Buggy–Summative Reports; Write reflection; Prepare for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

1. Mindful moment.

(See this article and video from a school in Chicago, Illinois, United States where a classroom uses mindfulness techniques

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/news/ct-ahp-olive-school-student-meditation-tl-1109-20171107-story.html 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/news/ct-ahp-olive-school-student-meditation-tl-1109-20171107-story.html )

2. Review DSN from last class. Should be the draft of your report.

3. Preview Blogpost for the day.

4. Create DSN entry for today. You will have 3 tasks today. Two of them should be written in your DSN. You can use sketch(es) and photo(s) to illustrate any of your points. You will be writing about what you have done and seen so far this year. And you will be writing about our discussions and presentations. Both of the two tasks involve reflection.

5. Questions.

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Task 1. Turn in paper copy of Tumble Buggy Summative report when you are called. Check for digital copy in your DSN. If you do not have your report, you will need to write an email to your parents (with cc: to Dr. F) explaining that your summative project is not ready. Explain that you were given class time to work on it. Explain what difficulties you have had in completing it and what efforts you made to overcome the difficulties. Predict a specific time when you will turn in the late project.

Task 2. Write a detailed reflection about the tumble buggy investigation and write-up. See below.

Task 3. Prepare for Parent-Student-Teacher conferences. See below.

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Task 2. Write a detailed reflection about the tumble buggy investigation and write-up.

  • Describe the state of your knowledge about motion before our study began.
  • Describe the state of your knowledge now.
  • Which experiences and discussions seemed most useful?
  • What concepts do you feel you understand well?
  • What concepts still seem a bit confusing?–Explain.
  • Describe what is meant by average speed.
  • Why do you think the term average is used?
  • Name a situation in which you traveled at a constant speed.
  • Describe your knowledge and skill with making distance vs. time graphs.
  • Comment on what parts of your investigation seemed most “scientific” to you. Explain your comments.

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Task 3. Getting ready for Parent Student Teacher conferences:

Have the following items ready to show and discuss.

  1. What has been the most interesting part of Science for you so far this year? Why would you say it is the most interesting?
  2. What has been most surprising? Explain.
  3. What has been most puzzling? Explain.
  4. Describe your level of engagement in Science so far this year. Provide examples where you have shown initiative and effort to get involved in learning. What do you think motivates you (or would motivate you) to have sustained engagement in Science?
  5. What do you feel is the most important idea/concept you have learned so far this year? Explain why you think it is most important. Provide an example of your work/thinking related to your answer (an entry from your DSN).
  6. What do you feel is the most important scientific practice you have learned so far this year? Explain why you think it is most important. Provide an example of your work/thinking related to your answer (an entry from your DSN).
  7. What has been the most challenging concept you have encountered so far this year? What makes it most challenging? What has your response been to this challenge? Show an example of how you have dealt with the challenge.
  8. What has been the most challenging scientific practice you have encountered so far this year? What makes it most challenging? What has your response been to this challenge? Show an example of how you have dealt with the challenge.
  9. Show your three best DSN entries so far this year. What do you think makes them your best? Comment on your DSN overall. How do you decide what picture to take and what sketch to make? How much time do you spend? What could you do to make the digital science notebook an important part of your learning in science?
  10. Show your summative report. Explain your thinking. What was the most challenging part of the project? Why do you think it was most challenging?
  11. What do you feel is most helpful for your learning in Science? What learning goals do you have for the rest of the year in Science? Explain how you chose these goals? What will you try to do to meet these goals? What kind of support do you need to help you meet these goals? How will you assess your success at meeting these goals?

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