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Science: Sharing what works. Presented by: Ellen Allen and Melissa Griffith. Who we are:. Casey County Walnut Hill Elementary School Free/Reduced Lunch: 79%. Science Test Scores. 2011- 90% 2010- 86% 2009- 65% 2008- 74% 2007- 74% 2006- 59%. How’d We Get There?.

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Science sharing what works

Science: Sharing what works

Presented by: Ellen Allen and

Melissa Griffith


Who we are
Who we are:

  • Casey County

  • Walnut Hill Elementary School

  • Free/Reduced Lunch: 79%


Science test scores
Science Test Scores

  • 2011- 90%

  • 2010- 86%

  • 2009- 65%

  • 2008- 74%

  • 2007- 74%

  • 2006- 59%


How d we get there
How’d We Get There?

  • We changed our mindset

  • Which changed our classroom climate

  • Which changed our teaching practices

  • Which changed student learning

  • Which changed student achievement


What are inquiry skills
What AreInquiry Skills?

  • Think

  • Write

  • Share with a partner

  • Share with your table


Inquiry
Inquiry

  • A search for knowledge


Mindset
Mindset

  • Allowing students to struggle by

    • Thinking

    • Justifying

    • Rethinking

    • Questioning

    • Processing

    • Connecting

    • Learning


Climate
Climate

  • It’s okay to be wrong!!

  • It’s good to be wrong!!


Jobs

  • Leader- reads directions, keeps the group focused

  • Secretary- records data

  • Reporter/Timer- keeps track of time or time limits and shares information for the whole group

  • Helper- gets needed materials, asks other groups for help, seeks help from teacher


Practices
Practices

  • Activity- word classification

  • Directions

    • As a group classify words into categories

    • Discuss why certain words go into or don’t go into certain categories

    • When finished share, discuss, and justify word classification with the group beside you


Learning
Learning

  • Students learn from one another

  • Students rethink ideas, thoughts

  • Students sharing with one another allows them to process, understand, and justify their thinking


Achievement
Achievement

  • Students take ownership for their own learning

  • Students process information to make their own connections

  • Students work at learning

  • Teachers are a tool that helps guide students in their own learning


Leader in me
Leader In Me

  • This process is preparing the students for life whether it is a future that leads them to college or the work force



Hands on inquiry
Hands on Inquiry fish, you feed him for a lifetime.---Lao-tzu

  • Determine jobs based on birthday months

    • Leader- 1st birthday

    • Secretary- 2nd birthday

    • Reporter/Timer- 3rd birthday

    • Helper- 4th birthday


Moving thermal energy by conduction
Moving Thermal Energy by Conduction fish, you feed him for a lifetime.---Lao-tzu

  • See handout


Debriefing
Debriefing fish, you feed him for a lifetime.---Lao-tzu

  • Discuss new information learned or connections made during activity

  • Clear up misconceptions before they walk out the door


Resources
Resources fish, you feed him for a lifetime.---Lao-tzu

  • Workshops

  • Training

  • Networking

  • Books

  • Internet

  • Magazines


How to get started
How To Get Started fish, you feed him for a lifetime.---Lao-tzu

  • One step at a time!!

  • It has to start with you!!

  • Slow and steady!!


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