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2006/2007. Science Transformation. Brennon Sapp Larry Tibbs. First Steps. Lets look at the past Most of the school improving According to Science Index According to distribution of novice, apprentice, proficient, distinguished scores According to ACT and SAT scores

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2006 2007

2006/2007

Science Transformation

Brennon Sapp

Larry Tibbs


First steps

First Steps

Lets look at the past

  • Most of the school improving

    • According to Science Index

    • According to distribution of novice, apprentice, proficient, distinguished scores

    • According to ACT and SAT scores

  • Most schools around us improving

  • Most schools in our area moving ahead of us in science

  • Students NOT taking science classes

  • Counselors “sticking”kids in our classes when they have no where else to go

  • Every gap imaginable unchanged in science

  • Ask students about science

  • Dixie is moving to Schools of Study


2006 2007

82.7

78.4

74.8


Second steps

Second Steps

  • Let everyone know and ask the hard questions

  • Don’t allow any blame (especially toward the kids)

  • Don’t allow excuses

  • Review the new core content

  • Entertain and explore any and every option your team can come up with

  • Move forward with or without the “naysayers”


2006 2007

Why?

  • No Blame

  • No Excuses

  • We have to try something new—What we are doing is NOT working!

  • Kids are different each and every year, is our teaching?

  • We have more and more responsibility, are you helping students with more and more?

--Slides we used with our teachers--


2006 2007

Why?

  • No Blame

  • We have to try something new—What we are doing is NOT working

  • What does the data indicate?

  • Life Science needs the most improvement (it is also the major focus on the new core content)

  • Open responses produce to many 0’s & 1’s

--Slides we used with our teachers--


What can we do what did we do

What Can We Do?&What Did We Do?


Our conclusions

Our Conclusions

  • Students don’t take science classes because they are not interested in science

  • Students do not score well on standardized test because

    • They don’t like science

    • They don’t take a lot of science

    • They may not be in science when they take the test

    • THEY DON’T THINK SCIENTIFICALLY

  • Much of tested science is more related to thinking than content

  • Students spend a lot of time repeating content our students have been exposed to in an earlier grade


Our old science

Our Old Science

  • Three Required Classes

    • Biology (1 credit-freshman)

    • Earth/Space Science (1 credit)

    • Integrated Science (1 credit)

  • Electives

    • Chemistry (1 credit)

    • Anatomy & Physiology (1 credit)

    • Physics (1 credit)

    • Environmental Science (1 credit)

    • AP Chemistry (2 credits)

    • AP Biology (2 credits)


Science now

Science Now

Three and a Half Credits Required

  • Freshman Year

    • Scientific Investigations (½ credit)

  • Sophomore–Senior Years

    • at least one science per year

    • Core Life Science (½ credit)

    • Core Earth/Space Science (½ credit)

    • Core Physical Science (½ credit)

    • Elective Life Science (at least ½ credit)

    • Elective Earth/Space Science (at least ½ credit)

    • Elective Physical Science (at least ½ credit)


What electives should we have

What Electives Should We Have

  • Ask the students where there interest lie

  • Ask the teachers where some of their passions lie

  • Scan the media for the more popular topics of the day (Forensics)

  • Survey the students

  • Write course descriptions

  • Find teachers willing to participate

  • Give others the old required classes


What electives do we have

What Electives Do We Have?

Electives

  • Chemistry A & B

  • Anatomy A & B

  • Physics A & B

  • Environmental Science

  • Forensics

  • Zoology

  • Astronomy

  • Chemistry & Community

  • Oceanography/Marin Biology

  • Medical Science

  • Radio Technology

  • Horticulture

  • Geology

  • Meteorology

  • Anatomy for Artist

  • AP Chemistry

  • AP Biology


Now all we have to do is make it work

Now All We Have to do is Make it Work

The kids have responded!

These Classes are Full!

Conferences—Externships

Resources—Professionals


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