Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Life Science Summer Institute (LSSI) San Diego Miramar College

Here are some pictures of a teacher I work with Tina Tom (Chula Vista Middle School). She and her co-worker Gina Sacaluso-Caro attended the Life Science Summer Institute at Miramar College 2013. Teacher attendees can borrow equipment and a lab assistant for use with students in their classrooms.
I attended this program in January 2012. It was one of the best programs I have been involved with as a teacher in San Diego, Sharon, Erika, Sarah and Sandy were the best instructors. The deadline for 2014 summer applications is March 29, 2014.

It is a 12 day Summer Program for teachers using the Amgen Biotech Experience curriculum.
Teachers also tour many of the Biotech companies here in San Diego.

NGSS@NSTA Curator Middle School Earth and Space Science

I am one of  the 55 Science teachers from across the country selected as a Curator for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). My area of focus is Middle School Earth and Space Science. My specific topic assignment is History of the Earth. NSTA sent me to Charlotte, NC to the area conference where I met teachers from across the country and the writers of the Next Generation Science Standards ( NGSS). It was exciting as I am currently working on my "History of the Earth" activities stay tuned .....  I will give updates on my progress....Photos from Charlotte, NC ...NSTA area Conference below:
Got to see best friend Jill and family who live in Garner, NC
NASCAR HALL OF FAME in Charlotte ....Jimmy Johnson #1

Appointment to California Science Framework FOCUS Group January 30, 2014

With Darci Kimball, Medical Bio and Chemistry Teacher, Castle Park High and Me (Melanie Brown
Science Resource Teacher- Sweetwater District). We were selected to participate in the focus group discussion regarding the revision of the Science Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Twelve. We were selected by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
We provided valuable input before the California Framework is written.... over the next 15 months for the state of California.

Hanging in There! an activity less than 99Cents!

Click to see the "Hanging in There"
This activity that shows how a satellite stays in Motion. It was practically free I got a wire coat hanger from the closet and a penny from the bottom of my purse!!! how cheap is that science... Less than 99Cents!

Presenters CSTA Conference October 25 2013

Presenting @ The San Diego Science Educators Conference Saturday March 1, 2014

We will be presenting 99 Cent Science 8:15 am Saturday at the "ScienceTrek: Next Generation Science Conference" at Grossmont College La Mesa, CA see link above for more information.

I will also be presenting at 9:15 with Marilin Escalante and Jennifer Jackson. Concept and Performance tasks. Alien Blood lab

Concept task = an activity that reviews and front loads the material for the assessment (performance task)

A Performance task is one of the 6 types of assessment questions which will be on the future CA state assessment created by SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT (SBAC).

It is a good idea to start using performance tasks as assessments in your classroom.