Discovery Room ORIENTATION AGENDA • The “Big Picture” • ASU and Parent Volunteers • Logistics • Student Teacher Roles • Student Teacher Procedures • SAGAN • Expectations of Students • Resources • Q & A • Room “tour”
Discovery Room The “Big Picture” A Science Museum in a Classroom
Discovery Room The “Big Picture” • A room where kids can play and explore beyond what they do in the classroom. • Science and Engineering Focus • Engineering/Invention • Earth and Space Science: e.g. Geology, Paleontology, Archeology, Meteorology, Astronomy • Physical Science: e.g. Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism, Chemistry, Physics • Life Science: e.g. Biology, Botany, Zoology, Ecology • SUSTAINABILITY? HEALTH? NUTRITION? • Linked, but not tied, to Kyrene Science curriculum • Staffed by parent volunteers, ASU pre-service teachers, and ASU Interns.
Discovery RoomASU and Parent Volunteers • First 3 weeks, Aug 19 – Sep 9, Parent Guest Stars: My Plate, Take Apart, OPEN PLAY • ASU pre-service teachers coming to observe(?) • 3-5 parent volunteers per day (3 at least) • Remaining semester roughly divided into 2-3 week rotating themes (unless...) • Teachers present thematic mini-lessons (8-15 minutes) • Student participation is OPTIONAL, but incentives will be given to encourage participation (see certificate). • Parent Volunteers can encourage participation but also supervise/play with kids in the rest of the room
Discovery RoomFall Schedule • Science Thematic Rotation Schedule (Fall) • Aug 05-Aug 16 Room Set-Up & Orientation • Aug 19-Sep 06 My Plate/Open-Play • Sep 09—Oct 04 Student Teachers (Sustainability, Health?) • Oct 07 – Oct 11 Fall Break • Oct 14 School Closed – reorganization day • Oct 15 – Oct 18 Open Play/Parent Guest Star • Oct 21 – Nov 08 Student Teachers • Nov 12- Nov 15 Open Play/ Guest Star • Nov 18 – Nov 22 Student Teachers (final week) • Nov 25 – Nov 29 Thanksgiving Week – DR closed to students • Dec 02 – Dec 13 Open Play/Guest Stars/5th grade dissection • Dec 16 – Dec 20 DR Closed to students (Clean Up, Reorganize)
Discovery RoomSpring Schedule (subject to change) • Engineering Thematic Rotation Schedule (Spring) • Jan 06 – Jan 31 Parent-Led: Guest Stars, Take Apart, Building Kits • Feb 03 – Feb 21 Lego Bridge-Building Contest • Feb 24 – Mar 07 Parent Guest Stars or Student Guest Stars • Mar 10 – Mar 14 Spring Break • Mar 17 – Apr 11 Parent Guest Stars or Student Guest Stars • Apr 14- Apr 18 Science Bee • Apr 21 – Apr 25 CARL SAGAN Presentors • Thurs Apr 24? Celebrate Learning Night/ CARL SAGAN Science Fair • Apr 28 – May 09 Parent – Lead Themes • May 13 – May 17 Open Play/5th grade dissection: Frogs • May 19 – May 23 DR Closed: Clean-up/LastSchool Day: May 21
Discovery RoomLogistics Availability to students • During lunch-recess based on a rotating pass-system. • All students rotate through the first cycle. After that students can “pass” on a pass! • Volunteers’ kids get “special passes” • Adults visiting for lunch count as a pass! (be sure they check in! • K and 1st are picked up by a volunteer at the MPR • Students “check-in” at the attendance table outside the room and are dismissed to their classrooms (EXCEPTION: KINDERGARTEN)
Discovery RoomLogistics • 24-30 students per 20 minute period • Mondays and Wednesdays 11:15am-12:45pm • 11:15-11:30 set up (parent volunteers) • 4th grade 11:30-11:50 • 2nd grade 11:50-12:10 • 1st grade 12:10-12:30 • 12:30-12:45pm clean-up and close-down (parent volunteers) • Tuesdays and Fridays 11:05-12:35 • 11:05-11:20 set up (parent volunteers) • Kindergarten 11:20-11:40 • 3rd 11:40-12:00 • 5thgrade 12:00-12:20 • 12:20-12:35 clean-up and close-down (parent volunteers)
Discovery RoomStudent Teacher Procedures • Arrive through office & sign-in • Be in the room at least 5 min prior (11:25 M/W 11:15 T/F) • Sign attendance sheet posted on white board • Store belongings/get materials from I-TEACH cupboard • You may come in earlier that day, or after the lunch period on preceding days if you need to set up • Recruit parent volunteers to help set up if necessary • Parent volunteers will close down the room after the student visits are finished for the day so that the student teachers are free to leave when the children leave • IF YOU CAN’T MAKE YOUR SHIFT , as early as possible, please contact Marni at 480-540-4599 or Oslynn at 480-205-9387or the Cielo Office at 480-541-2400.
Discovery RoomStudent Teacher Roles • Prepare and present mini-lessons/activities aligned with theme and within the 15-minute time slots. • Provide Your SAGAN mentor with a written outline/write-up of the lesson (before you teach!) • Provide Marni with list of any materials you need prepped AT LEAST ONE WEEK AHEAD. Be Frugal! • Monitor the time, ensure a clean-up period (last 5 minutes) so that the kids leave the room on time • Assist children in documenting what they did (see certificates) • Remember! Younger kids re-quire more “prep” time ENJOY YOURSELF! If the kids see you engaged and enjoying the room, they’ll take your cue.
Discovery Room Special Relationships • S.A.G.A.N. • a grassroots group of inter-disciplinary scientists looking to mentor non-scientists, including teachers & kids, started at ASU • Jan – May 2013: C.A.R.L. S.A.G.A.N. Science Fair • 7 Families – 7 “Astrobiologists” – 7 Projects • How do planets form • How do dolphins communicate • What is best design for a paper airplane? • Paper accepted to the annual Mentoring Conference at Univ NM Oct 2013 - could we be next?
Discovery Room Special Relationships • S.A.G.A.N. – I-TEACH • Scientist – Teacher relationship goal: to cooperatively craft a short lesson that demonstrates a scientific principal, concept or relationship, and publish it on th SAGAN website, making it available to other scientists and teachers in the future. • Role of mentor scientist • Help with brainstorming a topic and matching activity • Quality checking the lesson plan for accuracy of content, process and scientific conclusions • Reaching the full potential of the lesson in terms of the scientific principals involved, relevant vocabulary, and how the activity might relate to a kid’s everyday experiences • Role of I-TEACH candidate: feedback • Differentiation by grade levels • Ties to the Kyrene curriculum • Teaching strategies used that weren't initially anticipated.
Discovery Room Special Relationships • S.A.G.A.N. – I-TEACH Logistics • Accept SAGAN and then I-TEACH on SAGAN invites • Get Matched to a Mentor • 3 Contacts over 3-4 weeks (minimum) • Initial Videocon • Meet and Greet • Brainstorm and Plan • Email lesson plan to Science Mentor (at least 1 week before you teach - hopefully a week and half) • Receive feedback and modify • Teach Lesson • Final Videocon or SAGAN Discussion Board with Feeback for Mentor
Discovery RoomStudent Expectations • Students “sign their face” & drop passes into plastic bin at attendance table as they enter. • Students remain with the room unless bathroom or nurse is needed • Use restrooms in classroom across the hall. • K-2 students should go with a DR volunteer. 3-5 can go by themselves but a volunteer should “keep and eye out.” • Classroom (as opposed to playground) behavior is expected • Indoor voices • No running, throwing, etc. • Respect other people and their work • Students can use anything out in the open. • Items in cubbies, cabinets, drawers or under the tables are off limits. EXCEPTION: Top “critter” drawers by microscopes OK) • Only 4-6 people at a station at one time. Adults will help them rotate • All room contents remain with the room. EXCEPTION: Invention bin recyclables and scientist cards. • Students are expected to clean up (the last 2-5 minutes)
Discovery RoomResources • On-Line: • Kyrene School District Educational Resources: http://sw.kyrene.org/Page/5262 • Kahn Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org/ • Bill Nye:http://www.billnye.com/for-kids-teachers/printable-one-sheets-for-teachers/ • In the DR: • ASU Cupboard – teacher manuals, student books etc. • All the DR cupboards – Rummage Rummage Rummage! • Challenge Cards at the stations • Scientist Fun Cards!
Discovery RoomContact Info Questions? Need more info? Marni Anbar (M) PTO Discovery Room Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org 480-491-0836 H 480-540-4599 C Committee Members: Ben French (M) LeneaLogvin (T) Oslynn Benjamin (T/W) Chandra Mitnik (T/W) Mimi Narayan (W) Judith Slentz (W) Kelly Wooldridge (W) Mary Bombardier (F)
Discovery Room • THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING TO MAKE THE DISCOVERY ROOM AND CIELO A GREAT PLACE FOR KIDS! Scientist Freddie says: FUN???WOW!!! SCIENCE…. WOW!!!