Science rocks!!! Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year.
We study the natural world, both Life Sciences for 7th grade classes and many sciences except life sciences for the 6th graders I will be teaching. We try to use the process of science. This process lets us ask and sometimes answer questions about the fascinating natural world around us. The key thing is to do so with a zest that can stay with us for as long as we live. Both the study and zest for learning ideally extends beyond the student and teacher. For we are a community of learners sharing both in the wonders of the natural world and the learning struggles and joys. Yes, there will be struggles. When we learn something cool about the natural world, it's great to pay it forward by sharing that learning with others. Parents, sometimes you might be the partner in that sharing process; I hope that your doing so gives you a better appreciation both of the natural world and of your child.
Every year, students and I try something new, and this year I don't know what it will be. Stay tuned, and we'll find out together what it will be. I know I'm big into students having authentic (aka real) experiences in science, so hopefully, we'll continue that pattern.
Students (and parents), I am usually in well before the start of school, and 7:45 is a good time to meet. email appreciated beforehand in case it's a rare day when that won't work. Including the last Friday before Labor Day, if you think it would be productive to share information, concerns, etc.