The year has started. I look forward to getting to know all of you over the course of this year. From speaking with many of you, you shared that summer was a nice experience. This was also my experience; you can read more about my summer in my "about me" page. Over the course of this year we will be able to explore many different areas and enjoy the beauty and complexities of both math and science together. I love to learn; I expect to learn something from each of you this year. I can't wait until we have a chance to start our adventure called "Level 4" or "Middle School".
Summary of the year (Year 1 Rotation):
Global Relationships and Development
Together we explore the varying cultures and geography around the world to discover the relationships between the land masses. Using our understanding of a specific place, we draw conclusions about how a culture has developed over time due to their relationship with the land. Additionally, we look at how those relationships developed globally over time, beginning with the rise of feudalism and ending with World War 2 and the Holocaust. Along with these discoveries, using the physical laws of science we will focus on the formation of the universe from the theory of the Big Bang to our present state. Within this we will look at the formation of stars, galaxies and other celestial bodies. In the end we will use these laws to discover the patterns that dictate the balance of our Earth. Students will begin to see the connections between their own lives and the physical world around themselves on a global scale.
Summary of the year (Year 2 Rotation):
Systems and Structures Over the course of this year students will begin to understand the systems and structures that govern their everyday experience in and out of their own community. Students will start looking back at our nation's history, beginning with the Constitution and ending with the early 1900's, providing them with a foundation for understanding how the systems have been built over time. Also, we will use the American Political System as a way to explore the structures in place that guide the decision made within our democracy. Using this information students will become active and engaged citizens within their local government. The second year of science will look at the systems that intertwine life forms within our biosphere. Students will focus on specific details while connecting these needs and interactions to the greater picture and how they influence other organisms with differing levels of interaction. In addition to the focus of these systems and processes, students will explore the underlying atomic structure and patterns that govern these foundations.