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Come join us for a session that will focus on getting the most out of your students in the science
classroom. Strategies to be discussed include: Interactive Notebooks, Project-Based Learning, and
Collaborative Projects through the Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways Network. Please be prepared to share this session's information far and wide when you leave!

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  • 1. Todd Williamson
    NCMSA 2011
    Strategies for Scientific Success
  • 2. Interactive Notebooks
    Strategies/Rationale
    Challenges
    Project Based Learning
    Sample PBL Activity
    Podcasting Activity
    Pringles Challenge
    Middle School Portal
    Topics
  • 3. What are Interactive Notebooks?
    • A method for organizing student work
    • 4. Help generate creative understanding of classroom topics
    • 5. Allow for student choice
    • 6. Allow students to make connections
    • 7. Help maintain a portfolio of yearly work
    • 8. A student-created textbook personalized to learning styles
  • The Basics
    • Notebook activities are completed on a two page spread
    • 9. One side is teacher material, the other side is student processing
    • 10. Students are given a list of processing activities to start the year
    • 11. Self-selected processing
  • In, Through, Out Example
  • 12. What You’ll Need
    • Notebook – can be a binder or a 3 to 5 subject notebook
    • 13. Colored Pencils – markers bleed through
    • 14. Glue – handouts are glued in so they can’t “fall out”, glue sticks or bottles
    • 15. Highlighters – to encourage review of notes
    • 16. Activities List
  • Common Activities (Right Side)
    • Teacher/Book Notes…bullet, Cornell, concept map, etc
    • 17. Title Pages
    • 18. Pre-reading activities
    • 19. Articles for summarization/extension
  • Sinker Activities
    • These are the typical activities you would use throughout the year
    • 20. Rather than being assigned a particular activity, students select from a list of 20 to 30
    • 21. Early on, assigning can help build a collection of examples
  • Sinker/Out Activities
  • Challenges
    • Set-up – overcome with time and planning
    • 35. Choice – students often don’t know how to choose “right” activity
    • 36. Absent students – easiest challenge
    • 37. New Students…second biggest challenge
    • 38. Grading – biggest challenge
  • Additional Notebook Resources
    http://www.sharetabs.com/?ians
  • 39. Major Topic
    Which are more dangerous: hurricanes or tornadoes?
    Project Based Learning
  • 40. REQUIRED How is your group defining “dangerous”?
    How is each type of storm classified?
    What is the frequency of each type of storm in the US?
    What type of damage is associated with each storm?
    What are considered the historical “worst” storms of each type?
    What conditions are necessary for each storm to form?
    What areas/states in the US are threatened by each type of storm?
    What precautions are necessary for preparing for each type of storm?
    What differences are there in forecasting each storms approach? How much time is there between formation and impact?
    What is the relative economic impact of each type of storm on the US each year?
    What fallacies, myths, or legends are there about each type of severe weather?
    Sub-Questions
  • 41. Note cards with final project activities
    Group leader comes and picks a card
    Group can either keep it, or put it back
    If they put it back, they choose another one, and are stuck with it
    Pick or Stick
  • 42. PowerPoint
    Glogster
    Skit: Old folk sitting around talking about the weather
    Skit: Meteorologist presenting to a school class
    Jeopardy Game Board
    Children’s Book
    Activities
  • 43. When you have way more to cover…and your kids have way too many questions…
    Podcasting Project
  • 44. http://www.msteacher2.org
    Middle School Portal