Reflections on 2008-2009

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Reflections on 2008
-
2009

High School Math & Science

Facilitator
: Rabbi Perl


Participants
: Dana Vaughn,

Linda George


Moments of Inspiration


Describe an incident relating to one of your classes this
year in which a student was inspired:


Dana: Dissection turned students on, talked to boys
about consequences of their actions with girls


Linda: Sammy got the motor to spin

Moments of Inspiration


What can we do next year to create more such moments?


Dana: more hands on


Linda: focus more on prepping for hands
-
on learning so
that they realize that they understand


Gil: relevance


Be more selective in curricula


Make more difficult areas more relevant


Need to make it relevant to ourselves, get ourselves excited
about it

The Ideal Lesson

Segment

Action

First 10 Minutes

quick review, introduction of today’s material

Out of the Box: demostration that leads to questions

Middle 20 Minutes

Math, Phys, Chem : explain concept, start with basic problem
progress across board with more complex problems
(sometimes students instead of teacher)

Bio: mostly lecture, a lot of question and answer


all the way
through to end of period

Out of the Box: group work, problem solve on their own,
student driven exploration, field trip

Last 10 Minutes

Math, Physics: advanced students do problems on their own,
weaker students get one
-
on
-
one

The Ideal Lesson

Teacher

Percentage

Dana

65
-
70%

Linda

50%

How many “ideal” lessons did you give this year?

The Ideal Lesson

What were the biggest impediments to giving the “ideal lesson”
this year?


missed classes for programs


Students refused to read book


Students who don’t belong in AP class


Gaps in earlier education


Can’t problem solve


Can’t multiply or divide without a calculator


Can’t factor without easily accessing multiplication tables


kids aren’t retaining earlier material


Hurts them on SAT / ACT


Spiral key skills?


Lack of study skills


Need to change assessment tests for dormers so as to better
place them


absenteeism


policy regarding shabbatons, bball tournament,
etc.?


Excellence

Name three local schools whose High School Math and
Science program is better than ours:



White Station


White Haven (30 club)


Science at MUS (not Math)



Excellence

What can WE as a school do to begin closing the gap next
year?



More time


Resources: all chemicals out of date


don’t react (some from
60’s or 70’s)


More computer time


Better use of pre
-
assessments