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Js Open House 2009

  1. 1. Welcome to Mr. Steenwijk’s Math and Science Class September 3 rd 2009 Room 324
  2. 2. About Mr. Steenwijk <ul><li>6 th year in 6 th grade at ISB </li></ul><ul><li>Taught Algebra 1 in the High School at ISB </li></ul><ul><li>Instructed SCUBA in Southern Thailand </li></ul><ul><li>Taught High School Biology/Science/Math in NZ </li></ul><ul><li>English Instructor for Berlitz School, Kobe, Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Masters in Chemistry (University of Canterbury) </li></ul><ul><li>Currently studying toward a Masters through SUNY in Information Technology and Digital Literacy </li></ul>
  3. 3. 6 th Grade is a Transition Year <ul><li>Many teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Many different classes </li></ul><ul><li>So much to remember </li></ul><ul><li>Lockers, combinations, schedules, tardies, schedule changes, synergy days, early release days, rotating timetable, sports, dances, friends! </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming responsible and organized! </li></ul>
  4. 4. General Information <ul><li>We meet 3 out of 4 days </li></ul><ul><li>2 hour block (1 hour math and 1 hour science) </li></ul><ul><li>Homework is due the next time we meet </li></ul>
  5. 5. Agenda (Student Handbook) <ul><li>Essential for keeping track of homework </li></ul><ul><li>and upcoming tests and quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Needs to be brought to class each day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(and taken home) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Great when parents ask to see agenda and use this as a possible discussion point </li></ul>
  6. 6. Math <ul><li>New Curriculum - Connected Math Project (CMP) </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Making connections across concepts and throughout year </li></ul><ul><li>Reflecting on students’ own learning </li></ul><ul><li>Units: Factors and Multiples, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Geometry </li></ul>
  7. 7. Science <ul><li>New Curriculum - Inquiry Science </li></ul><ul><li>Doing and designing science investigations and experiments </li></ul><ul><li>Explaining using evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Deep understanding and application </li></ul><ul><li>Units: Diversity of Life, Forces and Motion, Weather and Water </li></ul>
  8. 8. Grade Breakdown <ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><li>35% - Homework/Reflections </li></ul><ul><li>35% - Quizzes/Partner Quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>30% - Projects/Unit Assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>20% - Homework </li></ul><ul><li>40% - Labwork </li></ul><ul><li>40% - Assessments </li></ul>
  9. 9. Grades – What to Expect <ul><li>Grades don’t become “final” until the end of the semester </li></ul><ul><li>Early grades – based on very few assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Later grades – reflect a more proper balance of different types of evaluation </li></ul>
  10. 10. Homework – What to Expect <ul><li>Average of about one hour per night (total for all core classes) </li></ul><ul><li>Math – almost every night </li></ul><ul><li>Science – not as regularly as Math </li></ul>
  11. 11. Knowing what’s going on <ul><li>PantherNet </li></ul><ul><li>PowerSchool </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Steenwijk (the actual human) </li></ul>
  12. 12. PantherNet <ul><li>Homework and Files-to-be-downloaded will be posted here for students </li></ul>
  13. 13. PowerSchool <ul><li>Grades are posted throughout the year </li></ul><ul><li>Useful as a tool for students (and parents!) to keep track of assignments </li></ul>
  14. 14. Supporting Your Child <ul><li>Ask your child questions about our lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Provide time and a suitable place at home to study </li></ul><ul><li>Contact me with any concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the curriculum program websites (on the following slides) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Science Website <ul><ul><li>http://fossweb.com/modulesMS/DiversityofLife/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum overview, demonstrations and lesson support materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User Id and Password coming </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Math Website 1 <ul><li>http://www.phschool.com/cmp2/ </li></ul><ul><li>Online activities, homework help, more practice and information (use codes in book) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Math Website 2 <ul><li>http://connectedmath.msu.edu/parents/ </li></ul><ul><li>General advice, specific examples, vocabulary </li></ul>
  18. 18. Extra Help for Students <ul><li>During lunch or after school by appointment with me </li></ul><ul><li>Homework Club Monday and Wednesday 2:05-3:00 Monday - Mr Tague 317 Wednesday – Mr. Steenwijk 324 </li></ul>
  19. 19. Contact <ul><li>My email is jonathas@isb.ac.th </li></ul>
  20. 20. Questions?

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