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Not yet but I plan to
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Chemistry teacher; department chair; modeling workshop leader; mentor teacher

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Curriculum and Standards

In our current educational culture, the success of teachers is first judged by whether we 'meet the standards'. While having measurable items that can help us determine if we are getting to the content students should know, standards alone won't guarantee we are truly being successful. This morning I had an 'aha' that made the place of standards in teaching more concrete to me:

If I were to build a house, I would certainly want my house to meet all the construction standards - the… Continue

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 1:00pm

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At 6:24pm on March 1, 2009, Krystal Poloka said…
I am loving seventh grade! That's the grade I want to focus on. I am teaching on Saturdays at Willow International. Everything is melding together, I am a little frazzled with all my classes that I have to take and all the assignments due though.
Your class was so great to observe, the kids too. Hope you are doing well.
At 10:39pm on March 1, 2009, Krystal Poloka said…
I'm at Computech with Mark Kirste.

I might see you at Science Olympiad, I am judging the robo-cross tournament.
At 7:19pm on March 10, 2009, Krystal Poloka said…
So how did your group/school fair at the Olympiad?? I had fun.
At 7:47pm on May 22, 2009, Krystal Poloka said…
Well I got an internship with Parlier Jr High School. I'll be teaching 7th life science, and 8th physical science (which I have nothing for!!). I'm happy and relieved, but a little annoyed in the fact that I will be teaching physical science, I wasn't told that prior to signing the contract. But its a contract though!! :-)
At 11:06am on May 23, 2009, Krystal Poloka said…
I was there Friday turning in a final for one of my classes. Yeah my student teaching is over, but I'm still 'volunteering' my time with him, still teaching my two classes, the kids have bonded with me and won't let me leave. We have a big field trip towards the end of the year which will be fun, its in the Mojave desert!
At 7:52pm on July 16, 2009, anne carey said…
Well you know, after this week I have to say this is the MOST useful workshop I've ever been to and that's a lot. If you asked me last week
At 7:53pm on July 16, 2009, anne carey said…
I would have said oh no let me stop listening to the socratic method. So thank you, this led to the great earth science lesson planning we've done.

This really surprised me. I was so frustrated I didn't think I belonged. Thank you for your patience.
At 6:23pm on July 19, 2009, Anna Zucker said…
Thank you a workshop full of inspiration. I am anxious to start the year and try whiteboards, etc. This is how I have always wanted to teach science but was unable to break through the 'this is how we always do it' mode at my school and in myself.
At 7:18pm on August 7, 2009, Krystal Poloka said…
I am taking any resources I can get now! I am starting to be okay about it, turns out that the physical science at Parlier is not that in depth, due to the fact that the students don't have much prior science taught to them, nor the knowledge. So in some aspects its like teaching from scratch.
I am going to a chemistry workshop on Monday, are you by chance teaching that? Hopefully I'll get some good ideas!
How are you doing by the way? Do you start school on the 17th too?
At 1:49pm on August 8, 2009, Krystal Poloka said…
I would love to go to the workshops, they are probably on Saturdays? I teach on sat 8-2 for the fall semester.
I would love to take a look at the book too.

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