As a science specialist in a low-income/high poverty school, our students are faced with several challenges both inside and outside of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to keep things positive and enjoyable by providing our students with creative and meaningful learning experiences. I want to ensure that when our students enter the classroom, I want their first experience to be one that gets them hooked on science. Hopefully this exposure will give our students the opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field.
Our students are a diverse group, from many different backgrounds, family structures, and neighborhoods. They come to school every day with positive attitudes and a zest for learning that is contagious.
They are flexible and resilient, curious and loving, and a joy to teach.
Some of them struggle with science and comprehending science topics, but they come to school every day ready and willing to do their best to work and learn. The science journals are so important because students can write motivating learning materials that are relevant to their lives, I encourage my students to dream as big as they can imagine and reach for the stars.
The composition notebooks will be used as interactive notebooks for students in middle school. Interactive notebooks are a student created resource. It's like a personal text book/activity book. Not only are they taking notes, drawing observations, and reflecting on science labs, but they are also using that information as they work on future activities.
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