S: CRS Middle School
FC: Canyon Ridge Middle School 2011-2012 Sixth Grade Curriculum Night
1: Science | Technology | Engineering | Math
2: Our School Vision \Canyon Ridge School is an integrated learning community of lifelong learners committed to preparing capable citizens with a strong academic foundation, a positive self-concept and an understanding of the individual's responsibilities within the larger society. At Canyon Ridge School the educational experience extends beyond the school day and the school walls. Curriculum and instruction are organized around real-world problems. Students gather and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines with particular emphasis on science, math and health supported by transforming uses of technology. Collaboration, team building and partnerships define interactions among all members of the learning community. Problem-based learning, flexibility in grouping and in use of time, research and assessment to drive instructional decisions, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning are hallmarks of this school.
3: The Equation of Success Students + Parents + Teachers + Faculty = Success
4: We are standards based.
5: The content your child will be exposed to is directly related to the sixth grade standards mandated by the Arizona Department of Education. | It's important to know that the standards are the learning minimums not the learning maximums. Your child will be exposed to rigorous and highly engaging authentic activities to demonstrate mastery.
6: Arizona State Standards Math Proportional Relationships Number System with Rational Numbers Expressions and Equations Quantitative Relationships w/ dep. and ind.variables Geometry with real world problems Statistics and Probability ( & describe distributions)
7: Science Inquiry Process History and Nature of Science History of Science : Human Endeavor Nature of Scientific Knowledge Science and Technology in Science Structures & Functions of Living Systems Populations in an Ecosystem Transfer of Energy Structure of Earth Earth's Processes and Systems
8: Social Studies Topics: Geography, Ancient Civilizations, Connections to Modern World American History Research Skills, Early Civ., and Contemporary US World History Research Skills, Early Civ., World in Transitions, Renaissance and Reformation, Encounters and Exchange, Contemporary World Civics and Government Foundations, functions, Rights/Responsibilities/Roles of Citizenship, Systems of the World Geography Spatial Relationships, Places and Regions, Physical Systems, Human Systems, Environment and Society, Geographic Applications Economics Foundations , Personal Finances
9: Language Arts Reading Process and Strategies Comprehension (specific to historical, literary, functional, informational elements) Writing Process Prewrite-->Draft-->Revise-->Edit-->Publish Writing Components Ideas and Content, Organization, Sentence Fluency, Voice, Word Choice, Conventions Applications Expressive, Expository, Functional, Persuasive, Lit. Response, Research
10: National standards have been adopted. These are designed for college and career readiness to ensure that learning activities in all math, science, and social studies classrooms include listening, speaking, reading, writing, and language skills.
11: Not to mention other standards that include workplace skills, language, and technology. So... How can this be done in 180 days???
12: Direct instruction has its place, but only cross-curricular learning environments can incorporate all the standards on one authentic outcome product.
13: The Motivation to Learn Begins with a Problem In a problem-based learning (PBL) model, students engage in complex, challenging problems and collaboratively work toward their resolution. PBL is about students connecting disciplinary knowledge to real-world problems. The motivation to solve a problem becomes the motivation to learn. "How can I get my students to think? is a question asked by many faculty, regardless of their disciplines. Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that challenges students to “learn to learn,” working cooperatively in groups to seek solutions to real world problems. These problems are used to engage students’ curiosity and initiate learning the subject matter. PBL prepares students to think critically and analytically, and to find and use appropriate learning resources." Barbara Duch
14: We've all worked with a loafer or an overachiever. How do we make sure that the students learn how to work fairly and cooperatively while meeting their academic goals?
15: Learning Contracts | Advisory Meetings | Small Group Instruction | Thoughtful Managing | Assign Jobs | Clear checklists and directions
16: When systems are in place, students will learn to cooperate, stay engaged, self-reflect, and meet their goals within a structured PBL environment.
17: What can be expected? Classes that teach content in cross-curricular ways. Listening, speaking, reading, & writing in all classes. Periods of frustration. Use of scientific method to solve problems. Minds that ache from learning. Teachers asking students guiding questions. Relevant homework to practice learning and/or to support group PBL project. Increased problem-solving ability. Higher achievement.
18: "Quality is not an act, it is a habit." "We cannot learn without pain." -Aristotle Zone of Proximal Development
19: In addition to direct instruction, hands-on cooperative problem solving, and homework that gives students opportunities to remember and support concepts, students will also participate in L to J quizzes. Current education practices gives students the permission to forget, but through constant review of all topics, students must retain the information for use all year, therefore, becoming solid learning in the long-term memory.
20: If you're wondering if that's enough for success, the answer is still 'NO'. Providing the resources, activities, learning sessions, and constant review combined with group sessions and tutoring is also part of the success recipe. Flex Class Meet with small groups to address skills not mastered based on formative and summative testing. Tutoring (Zero Hour) Extra teacher assistance outside of normal work hours, whether it be a quiet place to simply get work done, make up assignments, use computers, or get more information and help on concepts.
21: Now...that has to be enough, right? Nope. Popular phrases are phrases for a reason. Ever heard the one: "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink."
22: Have you noticed what's been missing??? The individual student! What does a student bring to the table? | 100% time on task | Hard Work | Distraction-Free | Differentiate homework from studying | Use Agenda Wisely
23: Key Point Teacher's don't GIVE grades, students EARN them. Every day, come prepared Accountability for self Responsibility in all you do Never lose determination
24: What's a parent to do? | With so much going on...
25: Avoid miscommun-ication | Visit our website: 6thgradecougars.webnode.com
26: Maybe the student thought they'd remember or heard it wrong. | Maybe something wasn't heard or heard incorrectly. | Most issues end up being a simple error in communication.
27: Assume Positive Intentions We all have one common goal.
28: We ask that any issues be brought to our attention, and that we extend each other the courtesy of verifying there is an issue and a chance to fix it. Use the hierarchy of communication Contact specific teacher or faculty first. Allow response time. Contact 6th grade team if unresolved. Contact AP Contact Principal
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