Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wednesday August 24th, 2016

Today's Quote:


Yesterday we began to debrief about our personality types and what a strong influence they have on us as we learn and grow. Students ranked this activity as "highly interesting"and enjoyed learning about themselves learning. I pointed out that this is a form of "metacognition"and we added the prefix meta- to our vocabulary along with cognitive. Students broke into small groups based upon their personality type and were given 6 minutes to come up with three positives and three negatives about their type. I posed a question to the class;

While we found this highly interesting and the results fascinating, the website providing the online quiz ranked each intelligence as a percentage of the population. In my mind- since I am the Logician, that raised a question; how accurate are their percentage claims? I pointed out that this is how science starts, you do something, or make an observation that piques another question in your mind and then you start to devise a method to examine the evidence presented.

In group discussion we began to examine what data we had and if, in fact we have enough to begin to do some kind of actual research. Students pointed out that the company had claimed to have administered the test to over 42 million people and we all took the test so we have their results ad ours as well. My 8th graders and one seventh grade class pointed out that the sample size for the company was huge and ours relatively small by comparison, but we should be able to analyze our total student population results and get a similar percentage, but our MOE (margin of error) would probably be high. We could then graph our results.

That being said I asked the Essential Question: What re the essential components of a graph. 

 Before answering that however, I had to stop to define essential as many students didn't know the meaning of that word and should have added it to their vocabulary section of their COW.

I polled the class to come up with the things that a graph MUST have to be a good graph and this is what they came up with:

X- AxisY- AxisData set (gathered during the experimental phase)Data pointsSpecific Type of Graph ( Pie, bar, picture, histogram, line, scatter plot)KeyTitle - that relates the X and Y axisLabels for the X and Y axisProper units on both the X and Y axis

Is there anything we missed?

Our goal has become to graph our personality profile results and compare it to the data we got online to see if it either supports or does not support the companies claim that their percentages are valid.

Students who turned in a textbook request letter were given their textbook to take home. This book STAYS home and is used as a REFERENCE material in their study space.

Brain Bender:

Based on the laws of the U. S. Constitution, there are five requirements a person must meet in order to become President of the United States. The candidate must:

- be at least 35 years old

-be a citizen of the United States

-have resided in the United States for at least 14 years.

- have been born in the United States

There is one more requirement. What is i


(This should be written in your planer everyday)

By now you should have a pretty decent paragraph ready to share.

Graphing Basics PowerPoint- Student lead discussion. When sharing a PowerPoint, DON't Stand up and read it to the class. Tell me something more than the notes you have on the board!

NOTE!!! There is some sort of problem with the 6th grade gradebook. Even though the grades are showing, the average for everyone is an F and I have already submitted a work order for the county to check it and see what's wrong. DON'T WORRY ABOUT YOUR GRADE AVERAGE AT THIS TIME! (unless you haven't been doing you work, in which case, you should worry!)


There is no homework this evening other than working on revising your learning paragraph

6th Grade Honor's Earth Space Science:

6th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question:
What are the basic ideas behind the process of science?
Key Learning Statement:
Science is a process based upon observational and experimental studies using scientific methods to develop or explore scientific theories or laws. 

7th Grade Honors Life Science

7th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question: What methods do scientists use to answer questions and solve problems in the natural world? 
Key Learning Statement: Scientific inquiry involves forming a testable hypothesis and developing a valid investigation using scientific skills and tools to determine if the hypothesis is supported or not supported.  Data from scientific investigations helps scientists explain natural events through the use of scientific theories and scientific laws.  

8th Grade Honors Physical Science

Unit Essential Question: What is required to carry out a valid scientific investigation?  
Key Learning Statement: A valid scientific investigation uses prior knowledge, observations, and empirical evidence to test a hypothesis and draw conclusions that must be validated through repetition and replication. 

Science Current Events:

Modern Migration Patterns Are Changing Due to Climate. See Them Visually Now.

NASA Makes All It's Scientific Research Available FOR FREE!

These Lakes Forming In Antarctica Have Scientists Worried. 

Meet The Animal That Lives For 11,000 Years.

Scientists Levitate A golf Ball Sized Object Using Sound Waves.

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

The 10 best note taking apps

Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

How To Predict Your Future From Your Personality Type.

Personality Types:

These will show you the general categories and their traits. Your individual report will show you YOUR percentages of introvert/extrovert. risk. non-risk taking, etc.

The Analysts

The Architect                             
The Logician             
The Commander
The Debater

The Diplomats

The Advocate                                                
The Mediator                           
 The Protagonist
The Campaigner

The Sentinels

The Consul 
The Defender
The Logistician

The Explorers
The Entertainer
The Entrepreneur                         
The Adventurer

Your Multiple Intelligence meanings:

Visual-Spatial - think in terms of physical space, as do architects and sailors. Very aware of their environments. They like to draw, do jigsaw puzzles, read maps, daydream. They can be taught through drawings, verbal and physical imagery. Tools include models, graphics, charts, photographs, drawings, 3-D modeling, video, videoconferencing, television, multimedia, texts with pictures/charts/graphs.
Bodily-kinesthetic - use the body effectively, like a dancer or a surgeon. Keen sense of body awareness. They like movement, making things, touching. They communicate well through body language and be taught through physical activity, hands-on learning, acting out, role playing. Tools include equipment and real objects.
Musical - show sensitivity to rhythm and sound. They love music, but they are also sensitive to sounds in their environments. They may study better with music in the background. They can be taught by turning lessons into lyrics, speaking rhythmically, tapping out time. Tools include musical instruments, music, radio, stereo, CD-ROM, multimedia.
Interpersonal - understanding, interacting with others. These students learn through interaction. They have many friends, empathy for others, street smarts. They can be taught through group activities, seminars, dialogues. Tools include the telephone, audio conferencing, time and attention from the instructor, video conferencing, writing, computer conferencing, E-mail.
Intrapersonal - understanding one's own interests, goals. These learners tend to shy away from others. They're in tune with their inner feelings; they have wisdom, intuition and motivation, as well as a strong will, confidence and opinions. They can be taught through independent study and introspection. Tools include books, creative materials, diaries, privacy and time. They are the most independent of the learners.
Verbal/Linguistic - using words effectively. These learners have highly developed auditory skills and often think in words. They like reading, playing word games, making up poetry or stories. They can be taught by encouraging them to say and see words, read books together. Tools include computers, games, multimedia, books, tape recorders, and lecture.
Logical -Mathematical - reasoning, calculating. Think conceptually, abstractly and are able to see and explore patterns and relationships. They like to experiment, solve puzzles, ask cosmic questions. They can be taught through logic games, investigations, mysteries. They need to learn and form concepts before they can deal with details. 
Naturalistic intelligence- refers to the ability to identify and distinguish among different types of plants, animals, and weather formations found in the natural world. The are most comfortable in a natural setting.

Your Learning Styles Inventory:

  • Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. Learning from a computer is a visual style.
  • Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music. You learn primarily by listening to something.
  • Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch. You prefer to be moving and touching things while you learn.

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