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Hello Eagles! I am so excited to get to meet each and every one of you. This is my third year teaching at SHA & I am looking forward to teaching you about science so you can love it just like I do! Here are some fun facts so you can learn more about me!
Favorite Food: Mediterranean Food
Favorite Drink: Coke Zero & Sparkling Water
Fun Fact: I have been to 17 out of 30 MLB stadiums and I want to finish all of them in the next 5 years!
Course Title: Elementary Science Teacher:Mr.Michael Cruz
Phone:(626) 919-2000 E-mail: MDCruz@michaelt293.sg-host.com
The course is designed to build fundamental knowledge of elementary science teaching and learning including standards-based curriculum design and research-based teaching strategies. The course focuses on developing inquiry-based lessons for students to investigate science, using educational technologies to support science lessons, integrating other subject matter areas with science, designing lessons that include all students in learning science, and assessing student understanding of science and the nature of science. I will plan and teach lessons for students to learn science, observe students learning, and conduct research on student learning. Field experience in science is a required part of this course.
The aim of this course is to enable the students to:
Explore science from a student-relevant and integrated perspective that spans the traditional disciplinary boundaries in science (chemistry, life science, Earth/space science, and physical science) and connects with other subject areas.
The objectives of this course are:
Experience science as a form of inquiry through which one makes sense of the natural world, demonstrate knowledge of the nature of science and of the integrated nature of “the sciences” (biological, physical, and earth sciences) as appropriate for the elementary school curriculum.
Required materials – Students will engage in hands on experiences in and out of the classroom. Science projects will require necessary materials, I will send a list for donations as needed.
Textbooks and Resources
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Approximate expectations for assignments and assessments:
Classwork- Done neatly and turned in on time.
Major Projects- Consist of one major assignment using all tools and ideas learned in class.
Major Unit Tests- Independently done during class time will have the entire class period to complete.
All assignments and quizzes/test grades will be available on ALMA. Parents can also email your teacher for any questions regarding students’ performance in class.
No late assignments will be accepted.
Re-test policy: Students must prove that steps have been taken to prepare, improve and grow from the experience that will allow an opportunity to re-do the test. Students must ask permission from the teacher to retake a test and it will be upon the discretion of the teacher to grant the request.
All classes at South Hills Academy follow student handbook policies and guidelines.
Student Behavior Expectations:
All students are expected to help create an environment conducive to effective teaching and learning for all participants. Behavior that disrupts teaching and learning is unacceptable; accordingly, all face-to-face or online interaction should be civilized, respectful, and relevant to the topic.
Honesty and integrity are integral components of the academic process. Students are expected to be honest and ethical at all times in their pursuit of academic goals in accordance with South Hill Academy.
Cell Phone Expectations:
No cell phones allowed.
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