"The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there, except those who sang the best."
-Henry David Thoreau
"All children can learn." Certain things must be in place for this to happen, including, but not limited to, varying instructional approaches to match the learning styles of students, differentiating instruction, consistently exposing students to high-quality instruction, generating support from families and communities, and consistently scaling up implementation of best-practice instructional strategies and approaches in all classrooms and in all content areas.
Science is not an exception. Through differentiated instruction and the use of matrices, students are provided with the opportunity to learn and grow at an individualized pace and style. They are encouraged and expected to take ownership and responsibility for their own learning.
Are you Behind in Science?
Science Grade Recovery Plan Template
This organizational tool is used to help you get back on target with you matrix work.
Students are expected to complete work daily. The use of a matrix allows students to choose what they will accomplish on any given work-day. Daily practice is critical to the learning process as it provides students with the knowledge necessary to master skills and content. Mastery is then demonstrated through their performance on both formative and summative assessments. If work is not done to quality standards, feedback will be given and students will be given the opportunity to fix their work until quality expectations are met. While daily practice work is not factored into the students' grade, it is required prior to their being assessed on the content.
Formative and summative assessments will make up 100% of your grade. A score of 80% or higher is expected of all students in order to move through the matrices. If a score of less than 80% is earned,a teacher-student conference will be held in which areas of deficiency are addressed. You will be given the opportunity for a re-teach followed by re-assessment.
"Working at your own pace" simply means you are not faced with high-stakes, all or nothing due dates for every assignment. Target dates are assigned to each matrix and students are expected to manage the workload and plan accordingly to meet the target date. In the event that you fall behind, parents will be contacted and the JKL Assignments Policy will be implemented.