Florida Association of Science Teachers October 26, 2007 How does more time to devote to fewer benchmarks enhance instruction? Provides opportunities for teachers to elicit prior conceptions. Provides students more time to observe, formulate investigable questions, and explore scientific phenomena. Provides additional time for teachers to incorporate Nature of Science as well as History and Philosophy of Science into their lessons. Provides additional time to for students to reflect upon their prior conceptions in light of the investigations and activities that comprise the content unit. Sample Benchmark from the proposed 5th grade standards: Benchmark SC.5.P.8.3: Demonstrate that without touching, material that has been electrically charged pulls or pushes on other materials. Sample Investigation for introducing SC.5.P.8.3 1. 2. Tear of a ~8” strip of transparent tape and stick it to the table or desk top. This will be the base strip. Tear off a test strip of tape from 6” to 8” long and fold a small section at one end to serve as a non-sticky pull tab as shown: Non-sticky tab 3. Lay the test strip, sticky side down on top of the base strip. Sample Investigation for introducing SC.5.P.8.3 (cont.) 4. 5. 6. Grasp the pull tab on your test strip and slowly pull it free of the base strip. Try to keep the hanging end of the tape free from your hand or other objects as you pull it free. Investigate what happens when you bring the strip near other objects like your other hand or other objects in the room. Record your observations of the behavior of your test strip when you bring it near other objects. Sample Investigation for introducing SC.5.P.8.3 (cont.) 7. Predict what you think would happen if you and your partner each pull a test strip from the base strip and bring them near. 8. Pull a second strip and observe what happens. Record your observations. 9. Explain your results. Do they agree with your prediction? 10. Investigate ways to pull two test strips so that you get a different result. Explore and list any techniques that result in a different reaction. 11. Explain your results. Where can I view the draft standards and provide input? On the web: http://flstandards.org Town meetings: Leon County – Nov. 7, 5:30 to 7 PM – State Library – RA Gray Building Orange County – Nov. 15, 5:30 to 7 PM – Jones High School Others (TBD): Broward, Duval, and Hillsborough Counties Support Math Science Partnership Grants Fldoestem.org Math Matters! On-line PD for teachers, digital materials Florida’s Next Round of Math & Science Partnership Funding $8 million for each of three years will be dedicated to teacher professional development on the new standards How Can You Help? Public Relations! Believe students need math and science Encourage teachers to learn more about their content Provide classrooms with hands-on learning tools Be aware of what good math and science instruction looks like and support it The students should be doing the work! 2007 Sunshine State Scholar Casey Hua Seminole High School Interested in pursuing biomedical research, her advice: Funnel elementary students’ curiosity early and keep them engaged in science and math (for her a 5th grade gifted program) Extra incentives for competition sponsors (students meet other talented peers at these events) Make students think, hands-on activities, creativity, like Ms. Morgan her physics teacher Let’s see some cool science and math folks, not just pictures of old scientists! Meet Terence Tao, Colleagues Teasingly Call Him a Rock Star Meet Kyla Horn, a.k.a. Sciencegirl, Senior at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School, K-12 Florida Public Schools Kyla’s Accomplishments One of 77 students in the world (and the only Florida student) selected for the highly competitive Research Science Institute at MIT. Awards and Accomplishments include: Science Fairs, Science Bowls, Science Olympiad, All Star High School Academic Team, Governor's Honor Program – Astrochemisty, Florida Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Part of student team running ground control for payload project aboard Space Shuttle Columbia's final flight PSAT: 240 (Perfect score) ACT: 36 (Perfect Score) SAT II Math: 800 A.P. Calculus B/C: 5 A.P. Physics: 5 A.P. Biology: 5 SAT Critical Reading: 800 SAT II Spanish: 800 A.P. English: 5 A.P. Economics: 5 A.P. U.S. History: 5 A.P. Government and Politics: 5 Send Us Your Star Scientist or Mathematician to Place HERE!