Monthly Archives: October 2011

Georgia State Saturday School for Scholars and Leaders

Looking for something to learn on Saturday?

Georgia State has a Saturday School with class offerings like Claymation, Mini Medical School, and Archaeology. The cost is $175, and classes meet for five Saturdays in a row. There’s a 15% discount to GSU alumni. Follow the link for more info.

Upper Middle School Course Offerings

As much as we love bubble sheets, life is not multiple-choice

So, as much as we prepare for CRCT, we also prepare for real life! Today in class, we finished our annotated bibliographies (I’m sitting at *favorite coffee shop* working on grading them now) and we enjoyed a performance by a guest speaker (Socrates! See PPT: Socratic Seminar Intro )

According to Socrates, coming up with the QUESTIONS is harder and more important than finding the answers. After all, if you aren’t asking the questions, the answers can’t follow.

Tomorrow in class, you’ll participate in your first Socratic Seminar. The desks will be arranged in a circle. I will pose a question and YOU and your classmates will respond as you like. If the conversation wanders and leads you to ask more questions—all the better! Socrates would be proud. Here’s the reading for discussion: the republic

The best part about tomorrow? It’s *your* discussion! I will pose questions only as needed. I will be listening and evaluating the standards listed on your handout, but I will not add my thoughts, nor will I take over the direction of discussion.

I’m excited to see how you do! You were *born* for discussion, problem-solving, and questioning! Let’s see what you’ve got!

Physical Science

We just had a common assessment on Tuesday October 11th covering chapter 2 and chapter 3 in the text book. We are starting chapter 4 covering elements, compounds, and mixtures.

Science Fair

The students are doing an excellent job on their science fair project. The students should be doing their second experiment now and their write up for experiment two is due on Tuesday October 18.


We’re Learning how to RESEARCH!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If you know how to find the information you need, you can do anything! This is one of the most important and timeless skills you’ll hone this year.

Here’s a link for class today:

Research Tutorials

You can find the annotated bibliography assignment in BlackBoard under “Assignments.”