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Volume 55, Number 2 Calendar President’s Message New STAT Officers STAT Awards Nominations Farewell from the Past President CAST 2011 Candy-coated Labs 3-D Learning to 2-D Performance STAT Membership News When They Drive You Crazy Contacts
May 2011
• New STAT Officers • STAT Awards Nominations • Lesson Plans and Tips • Membership News and Pics • and much more!
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The Official Newsletter of the Science Teachers Association of Texas
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Calendar President’s Message New STAT Officers STAT Awards Nominations Farewell from the Past President CAST 2011 Candy-coated Labs 3-D Learning to 2-D Performance STAT Membership News When They Drive You Crazy Contacts We are STAT, the Science Teachers Association of Texas. STAT is committed to the enhancement of the teaching of science in Texas at all levels and in all science disciplines. For STAT Position Statements, go to: http://www.statweb.org/positions STAT is: o A statewide organization of elementary, middle level, and high school teachers, college educators, supervisors of science, and others dedicated to maintaining the highest levels of science and education in our schools. o A chapter of the National Science Teachers Association o Visit the NSTA site STAT seeks to: o Serve as a unified voice for the science teachers of the state. o Keep science teachers and other members informed about current trends in science education. o Provide opportunities for members to examine techonology, curriculum, materials, and services. o Inform members of local, state and national meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops related to sciences. o Cooperate with other science oriented organizations and teacher associations in the promotion of teaching of science. History: STAT, Science Teachers Association of Texas, was formally organized in 1957 during the 4th Annual Conference for the Advancement of Science & Mathematics Teaching (CASMT). STAT membership is now more than 8,000 strong!
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Calendar..............................................................5 President’s Message .........................................6 New STAT Officers ...........................................8 STAT Awards Nominations ............................9 Farewell from the Past President ...................10 CAST 2011.........................................................13 Candycoated Labs ...........................................14 3-D Learning to 2-D Performance ................15 STAT Membership News ..............................16 When They Drive You Crazy ........................18 STAT Contacts .................................................20 Elected Officers ....................................20 Appointed Positions ............................20 Affiliate Congress ................................21 Texas State Board of Education..........22
Cover art illustrating “The Art of Science” by Avery Hodges, student at Frenship Middle School in Wolfforth, TX.
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September TAEE Conference September 23-25 Navasota, TX October CAST 2011 Committee & STAT BOD Meeting June TSELA Meeting, June 17 Jewish Community Center 7300 Hart Lane, Austin, TX July NSTA’s Chapter and Associated Groups Meeting July 12 - July 16 Baltimore, MD
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As your brand-new President of the Science Teachers Association of Texas, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ross Ann Hill, and I have had the honor to educate seventh and eighth graders at Idalou Middle School for the past twenty-seven years. Idalou, a small West Texas town outside of Lubbock, is where I was born and reared. This year has been an exceptional year to be an Idalou Wildcat with our successes athletically and academically! As the school year winds down, we educators notice definite changes on the horizon. With the ongoing legislative session, who knows what modifications will transpire before the dust settles with new TEKS, the STAAR test, and end-of-course exams. More on that in a moment.
A Message from President Hill
Art of Science – recognizes the student (and her teacher) as a whole; some might invoke left brain/right brain references. I prefer to think that if we are well-rounded and open to “creative” learning opportunities, we will better forward our young people into the complex world they are inheriting. CAST is always an enlightening adventure, so I encourage your attendance this fall. In addition, the Award Nomination site is accepting nominations for those inspiring science teachers in your life who deserve recognition: http://www.statweb. org/awards. Please take time to recommend someone so we can honor our best! As promised, another word about elected officials and their processes in Austin. We all know that the resolution of the school finance issue is reduced to two options: very bad and much worse. We will again be asked to do more with less, and most of us will do so. The big loser is the children (and their future employers, and the Texas economy, and these children’s children, and American international competitiveness, and society’s safety, and higher education’s expectations, and….). STAT can no longer stand by with crossed fingers.
Thankfully, the Science Teachers Association of Texas is experiencing enormous growth as we are now more than 8,000 members strong! Currently, we are gearing up for the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching at the Dallas Convention Center on November 17-19. This year’s theme - The 6 6
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I feel compelled to take this opportunity to thank the many folks of STAT, most of whom prefer to remain nameless, who have been rolling up their sleeves and participating in the public process to reduce the detrimental changes that are occurring in Texas science education. My one shout-out is to Sandra West, STAT’s Legislative Committee Chair, who on numerous occasions has driven to Austin to testify at hearings of the State Board of Education, the Senate, the House of
Representatives and any other captive audience on science education issues. Sandra, on behalf of all of us, thank you very much for your selfless service to our profession. Hopefully, your brief summer will be relaxing, educational, and restoring because a new school year with its multiple challenges shall be looming.
CONGRATULATIONS!
TO THE 2011 REGIONAL FINALISTS
Small Districts Argyle ISD • Large Districts Mesquite ISD
Splendora ISD • Aransas County ISD • Conroe ISD • Edinburg CISD • Brownsville ISD • Harlandale ISD
Rising Star
Ms. Jennifer Garcia
Hornsby Dunlap Elementary
Leadership
Mr. Michael Massad, Sr.
Patton Elementary
Lifetime Achievement
Ms. Jayne Doxsey
Reeces Creek Elementary
Principal
Ms. Ann Lilie
Summitt Elementary
Ms. Lindsay Richard
Wilderness Oak Elementary
Ms. Jimmie Walker
Cambridge Elementary
Dr. Diana Maxwell
Fort Sam Houston Elementary
Ms. Levinia Lara
John Hoffmann Elementary
Ms. Kimberly Buskirk
Gardens Elementary
Ms. Cindy Cormier
Jan Schiff Elementary
Mr. Richard Landmann
Forest Ridge Elementary
Ms. Erin Tite
James F. Bay Elementary
Ms. Vanessa Rincones
Sam Houston Elementary
Mr. Michael Sweet
Carman Elementary
Ms. Dora Newell
Thigpen-Zavala Elementary
Ms. Dolores Cisneros Emerson
Morningside Elementary
Ms. Christy Zamora
Flour Bluff Early Childhood Center
Ms. Martha McLeod
Fulton 4-5 Grade Learning Center
Ms. Belinda Silva
Moses Menger Elementary
Ms. Galen Hoffstadt
Luther Jones Elementary
Ms. Jennifer Welch
Claude Cunningham Middle School
Ms. Melissa Cooper
Murchison Middle School
Ms. Ella Whitley
Midway Middle School
Mr. David Gonzalez
George Washington Middle School
Mr. Jason Sabotin
Arlington Heights High School
Mr. David Foss
Alamo Heights High School
Ms. Janice Cuccia
Fox Tech High School
Dr. Patricia Castillo
Claude Cunningham Middle School
Ms. Penny McCool
Robert E. Lee High School and STEM Academy
Ms. Carol Briggs
Westfield High School
Ms. Carole Smithwick-Kiebach
Seven Lakes High School
Mr. Charles Pickitt
Richardson High School
Dr. Nghia Le
Booker T. Washington High School
Ms. Rachelle Grace
McAllen Memorial High School
Ms. Yolanda Fernandez
Del Rio High School
Mr. Michael Cardona
Robert E. Lee High School
Mr. James Butler
Uvalde High School
Ms. Judy Holmgreen
Alice High School
Ms. Linda Colman
Cuero High School
Dr. R. Scott Allen
The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Finalists receive the following AWARDS
• Principals receive $1,000 and their school receives a grant for $2,500.
• Teachers receive $1,000 and a matching grant goes to their school. • Small School Districts receive $2,500. Large School Districts receive $5,000.
All of these finalists will go on to the statewide competition in May where they have a chance to win $5,000 to $100,000 for themselves and a matching grant for their school.
Visit heb.com/education in June for the list of 2011 awards winners
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and to nominate your favorite educator or district for the 2012 awards program.
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Congratulations to the new STAT Executive Committee. Officers will take their positions June 1st, 2011.
The Votes Are In!
President Past-President President-Elect Vice President Secretary Treasurer Member At Large Member At Large Member At Large
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STAT Award Nominations
It’s time to nominate yourself, a friend, colleague, or mentor for a 2011 STAT Award. Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2011. Show your appreciation for an excellent teacher who deserves recognition!
Please Note: Only current STAT members may be nominated.
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Click Here to go to the online awards page.
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Farewell from the Past President
by Joel Palmer
31,600,000 seconds ago
Calendar President’s Message New STAT Officers STAT Awards Nominations Farewell from the Past President CAST 2011 Candy-coated Labs 3-D Learning to 2-D Performance STAT Membership News When They Drive You Crazy Contacts (give or take 100,000 or so) I sat down to write a very different letter. That letter was my first letter as the new President of STAT. This letter is my farewell letter.
Legislature. Until the Legislature votes on the budget there is a great deal of uncertainty. In addition to the budget decisions that the Legislature has yet to make, they are looking at a number of bills that will impact legislation. STAT is tracking these bills and making them available to you as a member. You can see the bills that relate to education on the STAT website under News/Legislative Tracker. There are links to each bill on Texas Legislature Online where you can find the entire bill and see the status of the bill. These bills address educational funding, unfunded mandates, professional employee salaries, deadlines for notification of teacher of nonrenewal of contracts, implementation of the STAAR, teacher appraisal and more. STAT is actively tracking these bills and engaging in conservations with the legislators. It is easy to think that your voice is not important. Nothing could be further from the truth. Last December, four STAT members went before the state school board to advocate for the 9-12 supplemental science textbook adoption. By the end of the meeting, not only had the board reversed it decision on the 9-12 adoption, it had reinstated the 5-8 supplemental adoption. Teachers make up a large demographic in Texas. If we remain silent the Legislature will not know what we want. One role of STAT is to be a voice for science teachers, but your voices are needed as well.
31,600,000 seconds ago, gas was an average of $2.90 per gallon1, and we were complaining about the price. Today the average is $3.96 and we think fondly of prices a year a go. 31.6 x 106 seconds ago (or 1 year for those of you who have not figured it out yet) there was a teacher surplus. Districts around the state were having record numbers of people showing up at job fairs. Some districts had as many individuals show up at their job fair as they had teachers in their districts. Nevertheless, there were openings. My district hired about 20% fewer teachers than in prior years, but we had some openings. This year my district and all the districts near mine simply canceled their job fairs and most have hiring freezes. While I have not heard of any science teachers being laid off yet I know of several Science Curriculum Coordinators and Instructional Specialists that are looking for jobs. I have openings in my district for science teachers but am not allowed to fill them. Budgets are not yet adopted at the district level because a budget has not been adopted by the State 10
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Farewell from the Past President (cont’d.)
It has been an interesting year as STAT President. New TEKS, transition to new assessment, budget crises, and an outstanding, record-breaking CAST. I cannot take any credit for the 2010 CAST in Houston. The credit goes to Past President Patsy Magee and her committee. My job now is to make the 2011 CAST in Dallas just as good. STAT is committed to providing the premier professional development for science teachers. As I hand off the presidency of STAT to Ross Ann Hill, I know that the organization is in good hands. In addition to the success of CAST 2010, STAT has a number of other successes this year. We impacted the State Board of Education decision on the supplemental adoption. STAT began offering professional liability insurance to its members. In addition to CAST, STAT sponsored a number of successful MiniCASTs around the state. The biggest accomplishment for STAT this year is a reorganization of the STAT Board. Prior to this year the STAT Board consisted of the President, Vice President, President Elect, Past President, Secretary and Treasurer. This year you, the STAT membership, voted to add three additional positions. These positions are the Member At Large positions, and the individuals may run for two consecutive terms. In addition, the Vice President and Secretary may also run for two consecutive terms. These changes will provide broader representation on the board and more continuity with all positions, allowing members to serve for more than one year. Ross Ann will lead a very different STAT board than the one I had, and I believe that it will be a stronger board that can continue improving STAT’s benefits to its membership. Working together, we can provide better educational opportunities for all students in Texas.
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Narayanan, R., U.S. Pump Price Update – May 11, 2011, American Petroleum Institute www.api.org/aboutoilgas/gasoline/upload/ PumpPriceUpdate.pdf
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The Mobile Offshore Learning Unit (MOLU) is a $1.2 million dollar engaging traveling exhibit. It features six self contained learning centers with curriculum-based, hands-on activities about energy and the technologies and sciences involved with the oil and gas industry. The curriculum for each of the 24 activities is based on national and Texas state standards (TEKS). Although the MOLU is geared for 5th grade students, it is also appropriate for other age groups. The MOLU is sponsored by
Teachers will need to accomplish the following prior to the visit: ■ Administer pre-test ■ Have students view 2 complimentary DVDs, OEC’s The Offshore Story and API's Fuel-less ■ Have students complete a Career Interest Profile form Following the visit, teachers are asked to: ■ Review and correct answers in the MOLU Pass booklet with students ■ Administer post-test ■ Score pre/post tests and mail to OEC ■ Complete online teacher evaluation form A pre-visit package containing all necessary materials will be sent to the school prior to the MOLU visit.
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Participants will receive free admission to the Museum, a complimentary guided tour along with a light breakfast, lunch, and the Project E³: Expanding Energy Education Teacher Guide (a $35.00 Value). We require a $35.00 refundable deposit to discourage NO-SHOWS. Registration deposits will be cheerfully refunded to registrants that attend the workshop and those that cancel three days prior to the workshop date. Workshops begin at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm. Each participant will also receive 6 CPE hours and will be able to check out the Knowledge Box or Playing with Petroleum Kit up to 30 days to utilize in their classrooms at no charge. ( Free pick-up and delivery within the Houston area.) The first time a 2011 workshop attendee checks out a Knowledge Box or PWP Kit, he/she will receive a $25.00 incentive bonus upon the OEC’s receipt of a completed survey. Ask about workshops outside of the Houston/Galveston area.
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CAST 2011
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Balancing Act.
District budgets are a...
Extra-Early Registration is only $115. Visit www.statweb.org/cast to learn more.
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Candy-coated Labs
by Deena S. Harper Simple labs to use in order to introduce students to the concepts of scientific processes TEKS 1A; 2A, B, C, D, E; 3A, B, C, E
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Scientific processes are skills science students should be introduced to early and used often throughout their 6-12 science classes. The Candy labs are the result of trial, error, experience, and a profound interest of mine in the nature of science. The use of plain and peanut chocolate in a colorful candy shell is not new to some science teachers, but I have developed these labs to focus on specific scientific processes. In order to introduce my students to the scientific processes and the nature of science, I use the following activities. These activities establish the beginnings of lab procedures for our class and have worked well with 6th through 9th graders. As with all procedures, we may need to reteach at times. I explain to my students that we may be using candy, but we are learning scientific processes that we will use as scientists. In addition to the scientific process terms, I introduce the terms metacognition and constructing knowledge. I share with them that it is important that they are aware of how they learn and knowing this makes them responsible and active in their own learning (metacognition). They learn that in order to construct their own knowledge, they need to be able to link what they know and what they are familiar with to what is unfamiliar (constructing knowledge). The use of plain and peanut chocolate candies as the focus of the endeavor provides them with something familiar, non-threatening, and fun. The lab activity introduces them to making observations, measuring, classifying, organizing data, inferring, defining operationally, predicting, hypothesizing, making models, and exploring variables. Conducting this activity at the beginning of the school year introduces the students to the vocabulary and concepts of the scientific process and provides a reference point for future and more rigorous lab activities. This activity is conducted at our desks and not in the lab. Each lab has a vocabulary that should be taught to the students in context to the lab. Allow time for students to reflect on each experience and make connections between their experiences and the value of each scientific process to their future experiences in your class. Click Here for the Full Article.
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3-D Learning to 2-D Performance©
by Barbara ten Brink, Ph.D.
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On the Brink of Success 3-D Learning to 2-D Performance© 3-D to 2-D© By Barbara ten Brink, Ph.D. How can we ensure that our students will transfer their knowledge from the instructional practices we implement in the science classroom to the state assessment? • What is 3-D? • What is 2-D? • I know I taught it. I know my students learned it. How can my students transfer their knowledge to a test?
The value of district benchmark tests and statewide assessments is: we can assess students’ knowledge on specific state and national standards; we can predict student performance on those assessments; and we can identify gaps in the cycle of Curriculum, Instruction, Learning, and Assessment. In this case study, we discovered the students’ inability to transfer their learning from the lessons in class to the district’s benchmark test. If this trend continued, we foresaw a disappointing performance on the State’s assessment. We will extrapolate the success of this case study to instructional strategies to improve science performance.
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STAT Membership News
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The numbers are in. STAT is now 8,000 members strong and growing each day. If you know a science teacher or administrator who isn’t yet a member of STAT, invite them to join for only $25/year. We provide year-round benefits such as access to publications, email alerts, and social networking. Remind your friends to attend CAST 2011 and receive a year of STAT membership included!
In the News...
STAT Member Bhavna Rawal has been named a regional winner in NSTA’s Shell Science Lab Challenge, a new competition for middle and high school science teachers.
See the full story here.
STAT member Jim Westgate is a Piper Award winning professor of science at Lamar University.
See the full story here.
Past President Michael Baldwin chronicles his daring escape from Libya, where he moved for a teaching assignment immediately following CAST 2009. Read about his adventures here: http://www.dinomike01.blogspot.com/
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Sandra West Moody, STAT’s Legislative Committee Chair, joined STAT Executive Director Chuck Hempstead at the Capitol.
The STAT Executive Board: Joel Palmer, Deidre Parish, Terry Ward, Ross Ann Hill, Sharon Kamas, Kiki Corry, Jo Anne Jackson, Donald Burken, and Denise Hill.
Past-President Joel Palmer congratulates the newly-elected Members At Large: Kiki Corry, Deidre Parish, and Denise Hill.
Joel Palmer passes the gavel of STAT Presidency to Ross Ann Hill.
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What to Do When They Drive You Crazy
by David Peters when she acted out in class I would act like we’ve all had that I didn’t see or hear her, but that didn’t work student, that one, the only one that drives well at all. I tried praising and encourageyou nuts! You know the class is coming, ment: when she made a high score on a test and you stand in the hallway and see them or project I would let the whole class know. walking towards the classroom and you This worked sometimes but at others was cringe. You think, “How am I going to make disastrous. In the end, she was just a difit through another class with that student?” ficult student to figure out. We finally just Then the bell rings, the class begins, and as came to a mutual understanding that she you begin to take roll... it starts. You hear was going to act as she wanted and I was gothe voice and you see the movement and ing to just have to accept it. you know it’s going to be a tough class. It’s the student that isn’t quite bad enough to She wasn’t bad all the time. She send out of class or even write a discipline always made very high grades on tests and, referral on, but, bad enough to cause some when she did daily work, her work was class disruption and drive you crazy trying excellent. Just getting her to concentrate and to control the class. do the work was the problem. I had one of these, we’ll call her Lucy. Lucy was 16 years old and in my Pre-Advanced Placement (PAP) Physics class. She was super intelligent, but she was a challenge to my patience and teaching. She had the qualities of a Gifted and Talented (GT) student, but had not been identified in the schooling system. She obviously knew she was gifted as she was in a PAP class, but, just had just never been labeled. She had the knack for saying the perfect thing at the perfect time to completely disrupt the class or my train of thought. When she took a test, she would actually come to me and ask me for the answers! I tried several different approaches in my treatment of this student. I tried ignoring: 18 I’ve had several students like this one in my years of teaching, but she definitely stood out as one of my most difficult. I guess the most difficult part was she was so intelligent and so hard to work with. Most of my difficult students were usually not very highly motivated or were of average intelligence, but Lucy was definitely above the norm. I believe this is why I found her to be so difficult: I saw such tremendous potential. Fortunately I was able to keep with up Lucy over the years. After she left my class, we became friends and she also became friends with my daughter, who was roughly her same age. This friendship has lasted for several years, so I know how her life has
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proceeded. I found out in the course of time that one of the reasons she was so difficult in my class is that at the time she was going through a lot at home. Her parents had just split up and in her grief she was experimenting with drugs and drinking and acting out. Over the next few years she quit the drugs and drinking and accepted her parents break-up. She went on to receive a full athletic scholarship at a Midwestern university and studied pre-med. At this time she is a medical student at a major university and will soon be a pediatrician. So, in the end, this most difficult student became highly successful. Is every difficult student going to be as highly successful as this one? Unfortunately, probably not, but you never know which one will be. So, it is always best to be patient and work with the difficult students as best you can, because you never know, the next difficult student could end up being a doctor, lawyer, or even President of the United States and all they needed was a little patience and understanding in their early years. So, when you hear that student coming down the hall and you cringe, remember: that student may be having problems you are not aware or at the very least, the acting out could be a mask covering tremendous potential. Of course, they could just be a bad student that needs more discipline, 19 but most likely, there are some deep-seated reasons behind the behavior. So, if you are a new teacher, or even a veteran, when you have a student that drives you crazy in your class what do you do? You approach them with patience and understanding as much as you can. You can try and find out what underlying issues could be causing the behavior through a counselor, parent or even the student. If you find an underlying cause then you know how to react to the student and hopefully, how to reach the student and regain control of the class. If you are unable to find a cause or if the student is just challenging beyond our efforts, then, you can always try the traditional methods of write-ups and consequences, but in most cases this is not effective and only a stopgap measure. I have always found that using patience and understanding is much more effective than consequences (although it’s sometimes a nice break when they are out of class in detention or in-school-suspension (ISS)!).
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STAT Office Calendar President’s Message New STAT Officers STAT Awards Nominations Farewell from the Past President CAST 2011 Candy-coated Labs 3-D Learning to 2-D Performance STAT Membership News When They Drive You Crazy Contacts Appointed Positions
Mailing Address: 5750 Balcones Dr., Ste 201 Austin, TX 78731 Phone: (512) 491-6685 Fax: (512) 873-7423
www.statweb.org stat@bizaustin.rr.com
Elected Officers As of June 1
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