Science Seminar, summer B, began today! The topic of the day: what is your question of the day? Answers:
- Hopefully (you will feel more adjusted to grad school in summer B)
- Teaching Placements are a work in progress, sadly, no where near finalized 🙁
- Content Tests sign up… any time now, sooner rather than later-sign up on the New York State Teacher Exam site: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/
- Sorry to say, but it may have been the last time for gaming until Summer B ends
- Portfolios! yes, that is next on our list, but we need to do a bit more “camp” talk before we start that (maybe by July 14)
- Strategies for staying on top of requirements-the good old fashion “To Do” list helps; also, just keep working on the items on the list; tackling them in the order they are due.
- What random facts about Lake Ontario will we learn? WOW! tons! my mind always reels with the fact that the Great Lakes contain 20% of the World’s Fresh Water Supply! but what really sent my mind whirling… the study about the gel beads ending up in the water supply, they easily pass through the filtration processes used in water treatment plants and end up settling on the bottom of the lakes, etc…outcompeting, in a sense, the plants/animals that use lake bottoms; and also becoming food for fish, since they look like eggs… thanks Ryan, for providing that really fascinating study, and thanks to Jillian for mentioning as your proxy.. there were way more cool facts… I tried to make a pdf of the map we created in class… might have to do it again, but here it is in its not so readable form:Lake Ontario Facts, Findings Also, check out this cool source that Tiarra found for us: http://greatlakesmapping.org/home… we were not too happy to decode the message on the map at this sight, check it out Great Lakes Stress Index map
After a lively group share about our Lake Ontario Facts and Findings… we started to think about where we needed to get to by the end of Camp… knowing your destination, and working backwards from that point is an important practice. The summative assessments for our Campers will include a presentation of their work (which should include a hands-on interactive component; the what, how, why of their work in “science” and in everyday talk) and possibly a Meta Map. We began to plot out how we will get our campers to that end goal… we looked at the available tools: Tool kit page
Next we spent a small amount of time looking at the template for the Camp Lesson plans (those can be found in the Science Seminar Organization tab on Blackboard)… and here they are: Modified WLP for camp use
We barely had enough time for summary: a “whip around” of an important take-away of the day:
- daily plans should have 1 possibly 2 goals, no more than that
- sand is a haven for bacteria
- the campers will want to show off the equipment and gear they used and wore during their presentations to the younger learners at their school, so plan an interactive, hands-on component where the campers demonstrate and then let the younger learners experience the practices
- there is an expectation that science talk will be used by the campers
With time at an end, we skipped closure… so no journal reflection this week…next week, we will have to double up!