Science rocks!!! Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year.
This year it's all 7th grade, all life science that I teach. You'll learn (I hope) from me that ALL science is fascinating to me, and fortunately, just about all of them can be connected to Life Sciences. Go ahead, test me.
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 it may be a couple of things, but one of them will be "19% Time." 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.