Re: [EASCI] About Sticking to the Standards for all you NBTC scorers
- I had to include standards that were above what the National Standards called for. I let them know that I knew they were not listed for my grade but that my district/state standards required that I teach them at that level. I don't think it made a difference in my scoring. I did make sure to address it in my writing.Tina----- Original Message -----From: sciquest2000Sent: Monday, November 17, 2003 7:40 PMSubject: [EASCI] About Sticking to the Standards for all you NBTC scorersI have some concerns about the National Science Standards. I knew
about teaching physical and chemical change for 8th grade but I
always taught about atomic structure as well(our NBTC handbook says
to avoid teaching this because is too difficult for 8th grade
level). I also taught about the Periodic Table in terms of
classification but the standards leave this out at the middle school
level as well. And yes, I use labs showing the 4 main types of
reactions synthesis, decomposition, single replacement reactions,
and double replacement reactions which seems to be fine according to
the standards because I try let students qualitatively determine
physical and chemical changes that take place simulataneously.
I guess my concern is could I justify teaching the periodic table
and atomic structure by using my Honor's 8th grade class then? Does
scoring count against you when you teach above the national
standards on occasion?
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- Well, this summer our district decided to align our curriculum
according to the National Standards. However we were told that
thiscriteria that was set but it was not a limitation. They didn't
put anything else in our cirriculum guides. Well for the first time
in years of teaching, I was handed the National Standards and
Pathways to Middle school science by a friend I met in another
city. It was an eye opener for me. I never new about open-ended
inquiry. I gave labs but found out more was expected other than
cookbook labs. I never knew what was expected of me as a middle
school science teacher according to those standards.
My district is not a leader in science teaching and is very
closed. They believe that teachers need to stay in the classroom
and not venture out for professional development other than what
they provided locally. I was told twice not attend an NSTA
convention. So for the last 2 years I finally resented that and my
own complacency. I renewed my NSTA dues anyway and never knew for 15
years that there was a state science organization. I decided to go
for my NBTC but as of last night I am feeling very inadequate and
really not prepared for this. I did attend an inquiry workshop in
August in another city and it was very good. I used what they said
in regard to inquiry and my students loved the activity and so did
But right now I haven't had the time to adjust my cirriculum to all
the changes that I would like to do. By that I mean using inquiry
more frequently. I am going to try to submit my entries but I am
not very hopeful for good results. So I am on my own. In this city
of 95000 people nobody is NBTC in science.
Wish me luck.