S/G Chem 2A

I am very excited to be facilitating your continuation of the Modeling approach to chemistry. . The approach is considerably different than the traditional way, an approach that required memorizing a bunch of facts soon to be forgotten. Our journey into chemistry will be evidence based with very little direct instruction by me. Yes, I, a teacher raised through the traditional approach to a Ph.D, thought we should start out with the periodic table and go from there. It seemed so logical. However, just about two years ago now, I was exposed to this alternative approach in a couple of weekend workshops. I became so enamored of the approach that I paid my own way and lodging for three weeks in Missouri during the summer of 2013. This past summer and well as the summer of 2014, I was a facilitator for a three-week workshop in Michigan where I helped train other teachers in this approach. This was in part of a $2 million grant of bring modeling in science to Michigan.

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  • Unit 6 Part 2 Exam Average 86.3% with Six Perfect and Five Near Perfect. 50% of the Class got 90% or Better. February 19, 2017        
  • Tuesday February 21 is the last day for test reflections. February 12, 2017 If you got less than 7% on any objective/standard you push your overall score up a lot to a little. Every decimal point could help when it comes to the final grades. I am available all this week after school until 4:30 pm.  Monday, 2/20, is a holiday. Some of you who need to do a ...
  • Learning From Mistakes (LFMs) Reflections - More than just Retesting. January 24, 2017 Learning From Mistakes (LFMs) Reflections - More than just Retesting. To demonstrate mastery for a particular objective that was assessed in a unit exam,  you must  complete  “Learn From Mistakes” test corrections and  reflections followed by some quizzing. The steps: 75% Write LFM Reflections on the top of the paper. Write the objective (number and statement) for which you ...
  • Unit 5 Exam Average 80.4%. Three Perfect Scores. 46% of Class got 91% or better January 24, 2017 For those who need to do test reflections on any of the objectives must see me after school. Check my board for availability. Some reflections will take more than a day to complete. Budget your time wisely. Here is the distribution of scores.                   Students struggled the most with empirical formulas.
  • This will be the last S/GChem2A Remind and Moodle Email. Best of luck 2nd and 3rd Trimesters November 27, 2016 Hi All, Tomorrow morning early I will be purging the S/GChem2A Remind Participants. If you are in my 2B class this coming trimester, information will be provided for subscribing to that particular Remind class when we meet. Also, I will be resetting the Moodle class which will purge the present users. In short time, you will ...
  • For those not in my class 2nd Tri: A Snow Day Remind. Follow link or see email from Moodle. November 27, 2016 Want to learn early that some morning this winter will be a snow day without having to roll out of bed? If so and you will not be in one of my classes, then you might want to join my Snow Day Remind. rmd.at/skysnow or text the message @skysnow to the number 81010. If you are ...
  • Career Tip: Skip Social Media November 25, 2016 Hi All, It is me harassing you again. I hope you are enjoying your brief respite from the daily and nightly grind of school work. I thought some of you might find this article from the New York Times interesting and might take heed this young professor's warnings. I am planning on making sure my 25-year-old ...
  • Six Moles Award for Perfect Final Exam Scores. Overall Average 81.8%. November 21, 2016                
  • 5th-Hour Exam and TaskChains due for 5th Hour. More TaskChaining in the other hours tomorrow. November 16, 2016 Just a reminder that the TaskChains must be completed by the beginning of  5th hour for 5th-hour students. For other students they are due when your particular hour's final exam starts. See the earlier email on checking completion. If you have 90% or better on a TaskChain, you will get full credit. If not, then no credit. Please ...
  • How to Tell Where You are in the TaskChains. November 16, 2016 Not sure what you have completed? To to the TaskChain link on the upper left side. Which opens up the screen below. This is for one particular student. And this student has finished the first two because they have a 90 or better on the first two. This student has started the next three and has not ...
  • A TaskChaining Kind of Day November 14, 2016 TaskChains Student started tackling them today. There are eight of them If you were absent today you will have to tackle them on your own. See Sunday's email/Remind Text about how the grading works. Final Review Guide We go over this tomorrow. See yesterday's messages about the rest of the week.  
  • Energy in Rxns on Friday. Review Guide Due Tuesday November 13, 2016 Energy Details in Rxns We worked through Worksheet 4 and started Worksheet 4B. See Energy in Chemical Rxns Worksheet 4 etc (12-min Lecture) which will walk you through the steps if you need help. The Reactions: Type & Energy TaskChain will cover some of these. If you know how to handle these you are stone-cold ready for the final ...

 

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