Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00
My name is Patricia Block. I teach sixth and seventh grade students at Salk Middle School in Levittown. I’d like to share a lesson I did with my colleague, Mrs. Clingen, that stood out to me as brilliant demonstration of teachers working closely with students to help them succeed in the classroom. I think it is important to share some insight into one class through one experiment that takes part within a full day of learning so many different things.
This lesson was an experiment entitled, “M&Ms Melt in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand and Here’s Why....”.
In this experiment Mrs. Block and Mrs. Clingen’s classes applied all they learned about the scientific method; a universal scientific theory that is used in all levels of education and in laboratories in the real world to validate experiments. The scientific method outlines a method of study including a hypothesis, rigorous data collection, and drawing conclusions. This theory compels students to make observations, think about why the things they observed happens, and how all that relates to experiences we have in real life.
The amazing students observed, documented, and graphed data about how and why M&Ms shed their shell. They used water submersion to mimic conditions in the mouth. The time submerged under water, temperature of the water, and color of the M&Ms all apply to why M&Ms melt in your mouth, and not in your hand. The students worked in small groups and were able to discuss with each other what they saw, why the saw it, and what that means regarding their hypotheses. It was noted that the darker colored M&Ms that were submerged in warmer water for longer amounts of time melted most quickly. Mrs. Clingen and myself were amazed at how engrossed each student was in the experiment.
Our district’s policy is “Success for all students.” In my opinion, I think this policy can be extended out to “Success for all teachers” as well. The two go hand in hand. A teacher is successful when their students are successful. This lesson is one example of how teachers use a subject matter that fascinates students to help them understand a challenging theory, such as the scientific method. At Salk Middle School there is no doubt that my colleagues and I are teaching our general education, special education, and enriched students with the utmost respect and expect nothing less from them but achievements made individually-not compared to other students.
As teachers, we are under tremendous stress by the New York State Core Curriculum standards. I’d like to say that each day, our teachers are planning, and teaching with the students’ best interest at heart. We work closely with the students to design lessons that lead to their success and a bright future.
Thank you for allowing me to take you through a lesson plan that showcases the student-teacher dynamic, where the teacher teaches so the student is able to understand and think for themselves.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Island Trees Union Free School District faces a few hurdles in its upcoming 2013-14 budget. The loss of the BOCES Geneva N. Gallow building lease and the increasing mandated retirement system (TRS/ERS) adds up to $2 million in lost revenue. The TRS/ERS contributions increased by almost $1.4 million, and the Gallow lease loss totals approximately $500,000, including the utility costs.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00
What motivates a collector to dedicate a portion of his or her life to searching for the most rare and beautiful forms of a certain item? Is it their love of stamps from all over the world or is it their desire to find the most complex and unique model of a car? From jewelry and dolls to sports memorabilia and computers, a collector’s interests can range from the most bizarre items to the most common. Michael Katz, longtime collector of vintage radios from the 1920s to ’50s, said that the two kinds of things collectors go for are “stuff that’s really unusual and really decorative or the rare and expensive sets.”
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Don’t miss out on the chance to partake in an 8-week spring flying trapeze workshop! There is one space left in the Tuesday class for adults from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., and four spaces left in the Thursday class from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., which is open to all ages.
The workshops will take place at the Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York.
Sign up online at iflytrapeze.com or call 516.640.6995 for more information.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The Lady Generals lacrosse team at MacArthur High School earned the #1 spot and the title of 2013 conference champions, an accomplishment that last occurred in 2006. The team finished with a conference record of 9-1, succumbing in their only game to Oyster Bay by a one-goal deficit.