Welcome to Our Classroom
This year in science will be different than any other science classroom experience you have had so far. Even more than learning science concepts, you will learn how to think and how to communicate your thoughts and ideas.
In today's world of having vast knowledge accessible at your finger tips, memorizing information is no longer important. Employers are looking for employees exhibiting flexible, out of the box thinking. In our science classroom, you will develop these qualities including:
Sense- making: the ability to combine information from a variety of sources to develop an holistic explanation
New-media literacy: the ability to productively use "new-media" like Twitter, Instagram or Blogs to promote, collaborate or gather information and assess content on these platforms for validity and relevance.
Flexible and creative thinking: the ability to come up with new, creative and unique solutions to old problems
Solution orientated thinking: the ability to not only develop solutions but evaluate solutions for maximum efficiency and minimum disruption. Solutions always have costs and benefits. It is a necessity to identify and prioritize these costs and benefits and use the evaluations to develop an argument for or against a proposed course of action.
Transdiciplinarity thinking: the ability to understand the interconnections of the world that we live in and recognize how the parts of a system work together to accomplish a goal. Seemingly unconnected disciplines in fact come together to explain on a holistic level.
Social intelligence: the ability to connect and work together with others, quickly identifying and being able to promote the strength in others. More than ever, the workplace structure involves multifaceted teams and short-term projects; the employee that can quickly and accurately connect with colleagues will be most successful.
Virtual collaboration: the ability to work productively through virtual mediums. The days of only face to face meetings is behind us. Through the use of technology, teams consist of members across town, across the country and around the world.
Cognitive load management: the ability to seamlessly manage and prioritize the many commitments and demands of life's busy schedules.
To be successful in this new learning environment, you need to leave your ideas about “failure”, “being smart”, and what you “can” and “cannot” do at the door. Learning is a process not a destination. Each day we will embark on the journey together as a learning community.
Fostering Growth Mindset
Our classroom is grounded in the principle of growth mindset. The theory of growth vs. fixed mindset was developed by Dr. Carol Dweck from Stanford University. Students who have a fixed mindset, see intelligence or creativity as something you either have or do not have. Students with a growth mindset view learning as a path towards achievement. Learning is a process not a destination.