The S.T.E.M and Arts blog by Aurelius Raines II

The S.T.E.M and Arts blog by Aurelius Raines II
"Producers, not Consumers"

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Read me, Please!

First, I want to openly thank you for your support and flexibility. As I listen to my "teacher friends" complain about the lack of parental involvement at their schools, I can't help but brag about my dedicated and involved parents. As of the writing of this letter, we have secured two of the trips to the museum. Mrs. Ferguson has dontated money to cover one bus trip and The CPC has dontated money for another trip. The museum wants two more additional sessions and have offered us a bus scholarship to cover two of the trips. I am awaiting further confirmation and details. You all have come through in the best way!


6th and 7th are moving from chemistry to physics! Newton, Einstein, forces, motion, simple machines, electronics.... I'm getting dizzy just thinking about it! Please make sure your child is reading the chapters. I've noticed that many of them simply answer the study questions without reading the text. They are not seeking understanding of the text and this shows in their assessment. Some of the errors that I notice on tests are less about cognition and more about work habits. This is an area of concern for all of us who care about the education of these children. Let's hold our geniuses accountable. Read with them. 

8th graders learned about Gregor Mendel's pea experiments. We even did a virtual simulation in class. We will be planting some potatoes in class turn learn about the different ways some organisms reproduce. 

Please make sure your children are watching Cosmos every Sunday at 8pm. It is a science documentary that is well produced. It is educational and entertaining. (click on the word Cosmos in this post to see the last episode).

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