Welcome to CooperScience!
Congratulations! You have elected to take a science course from me (unless you are in science 10 )! Whatever the reason for choosing this class, you have made a wise choice.
You will learn that science is a series of interconnected disciplines, coming together to explain how the world exists, adapts and gets along. You will learn how YOU learn, and how to make different styles of learning work for you. You will develop critical thinking and analysis skills that will serve you well, no matter the career path you choose for your future!
I am looking forward to practicing REAL WORLD SCIENCE with you this semester. My blog is the place where you can see information regarding your specific class. Look for your class at the top menu. Here you will find your rubric and a few other important items. You can access the current unit we are on from the drop down menu for assignments and projects.
Each class has an “Assignment Calendar” post in each unit. This is where I will post what we have been doing daily. If you are away for any reason during the school year, it is YOUR responsibility to check the blog to find out what you have missed. Please ensure that you are returning to school prepared and ready to learn alongside your peers!
I teach my class with aspects of a blended learning classroom. What does this mean for you? Blended learning helps to personalize my courses for the individual students. Students nowadays use technology more so than pen and paper in their daily life – this needs to transcribe to the classroom as well. This helps to make learning an active experience rather than a passive learning experience. For example, there will be times in this course where you are assigned to watch a lesson at home, this will be a lesson that I have designed and posted to my blog. You will come to class the next day to play around, experience, and expand on the material you have learned throughout the posted lesson. There will be other times when you will come to class and work independently during the lesson and then create an article to represent your understanding of a concept such as:
- sketchnote, SMORE, remix, Piktochart, interactive whiteboard, video, Vlog, Screencastify, EdPuzzle, MySimpleShow, Adobe Spark, Google Drive software, Powtoon, StopMoStudio, PicMonkey, Emaze, iMovie, Flipsnack, Prezi, etc… The possibilities are endless! Note – not all of these are free – these are just suggestions!
This allows me to be with you while you create to ensure you are on the right track in regards to your level of understanding of the concept.
You will be required to start a blog for my class. I like to have my students blog as it is a fabulous way to show your learning (most artifacts you will create will be digital) AND it saves paper! Also, a blog is a great digital portfolio of your learning, many post secondary institutions will ask for representation of your learning – you can simply send them your blog address 🙂 I will show you how to start a WordPress blog; if you already have a blog please send my your blog address. If you are unsure what a good blog looks like, I have placed great examples from my previous students on the right hand side of my blog (look for the heading “Great Blog Examples”.
In our school division, we support BYOT -Bring Your Own Technology! While I am a huge believer that technology is vital to learning, I ask that you place your cell phones in the cell hotel (a place for your phone to rest and recharge while your brain is focused on classroom content – you may want to bring your charging cords with you to class) before the bell rings signalling the start of class. There will be times where I ask you to use your phone – quite a few times actually! Does this mean that you NEED a smartphone as part of your school supplies – NO! There are tools that the school has, such as laptops, that can be accessed for these purposes. If it is alright with your parents/guardians, I encourage you to bring your personal laptops and tablets if you are more comfortable taking notes this way.
What materials will you need?
- A supply of pens, pencils, pencil crayons, highlighters, paper, ruler, eraser and binder (ES20 and Wildlife Management please bring a coil notebook instead of a binder).
- CALCULATOR – NO, you cannot use your phone as a calculator in an assessment. Bring your own calculator (I do not supply these) so you can get used to how your calculator works.
- Textbook – we will get these from the library. Not all classes will be assigned a textbook.
- A good attitude, sense of humour, strong work ethic, and a willingness to try new things.
- Solid time management skills – although we do have a lot of fun and do a lot of hands on learning, if you do not plan to come prepared to class by doing homework you will not get the most out of the class and this will put you behind.
- Access to the internet via a computer, smartphone or tablet. Our library and computer labs are always open before school, at lunch, and after school. If accessing the internet at home is a problem, please see myself so we can make a plan for success.
- Headphones – you will not always need these, but there will be times when you will be asked to view a video independently. I also find that a lot of students like to listen to music once I am finished instructing and they are working independently.
- Water – a hydrated brain is a healthy brain!