Classroom Rules and Procedures

 

Mount Olive Middle School

Exploring Technology (Grade 6)

Exploring Engineering and Design (Grade 7)

Exploring Technological Systems (Grade 8)

2016-2017 Course Syllabus

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Facilitator:   Ms. C.L. Moore                                                  E-mail:   chantelmoore@wcps.org

STEM Learning Center – Room 59                                        School Telephone:   919-658-7320 ext. 3249

Grade:   6th, 7th & 8th   (18 weeks)                                           Conference times:   8:00-10:15 a.m.

                                                                                                Time available for tutoring: Mondays 3:15-4:15

                                                                                               

Course Description(s):

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. 

It is also, Strategies That Engage Minds that addresses the 21st Century Skill Set.   www.ncsmt.org

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Creative and innovative thinking
  • Ability to collaborate
  • Contextual Learning / Skills
  • Information and media literacy skills

 

Exploring Technology (Grade 6)

 In this course, students learn all about the nature of technology and problem solving. Students have opportunities to study the scope of technology and its impacts on society. They learn about the core concepts of technology and about the various approaches to solving problems, including engineering design and experimentation. Students participate in engineering-design activities to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Students are involved in activities and experiences where they learn about brainstorming, visualizing, modeling, constructing, testing, experimenting, and refining designs. Students also develop skills in researching for information, and communicating design information.

Exploring Engineering and Design (Grade 7)

In this course, students learn all about invention and innovation. They have opportunities to study the history of inventions and innovations, including their impacts on society. They learn about the core concepts of technology and about the various approaches to solving problems, including engineering design and experimentation. Students apply their creativity in the invention and innovation of new products, processes, or systems. Finally, students learn about how various inventions and innovations impact their lives. Students participate in engineering-design activities to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Students are involved in activities and experiences where they learn about brainstorming, visualizing, modeling, constructing, testing, experimenting, and refining designs. Students also develop skills in researching for information, communicating design information, and reporting results.        

Exploring Technological Systems (Grade 8)

 Technological Systems is designed to introduce students to systems and processes to develop an understanding of the impact of technology on humans, the environment, and the global community. By investigating systems through their function, design, and development, students will understand what systems are, why they are developed and how ‘systems thinking’ can be used to describe them. Students engage in activities and experiences where they evaluate the impacts of technology through the lenses of culture, society, economics and the environment.

 

STEM Modules at Mount Olive Middle School

            Orientation                                                            Ideas & Innovation

                Alternative Energy                                              Plastic & Polymers

                CADD                                                                    Practical Skills

                CNC Manufacturing                                           Robots

                Electricity                                                              Simple Machines

                Energy, Power & Mechanics                             Statistical Analysis

                Flight Technology                                                Sustainable Agriculture

                Forensic Science                                                  Video Production

 

Grading Scale:                   A                     B                     C                     D                     F

                                           100-90              89-80               79-70               69-60            Below 60

Module Grades/Activity Grades: The STEM Modules accumulate points; therefore, there will only be one total grade per module.  Every time a student completes the work for one of the seven sessions, the grade will change.  Students earn points in the following areas: RCA’s (120 pts.) + Assessments (60 pts.) + Post Test (100 pts.) + participation (70 pts.)  =  350 pts. To get the student’s grade, add up all of the student’s earned points and divide by 350.  Students are given Module Activity Sheets to record their grades and keep up with their progress. Students are given opportunities of collecting extra points with additional activities.  Students who miss class will need to make up their sessions by arranging a time with the instructor for an after school make-up day.  Module Pre-test and Post-test are administered as State (MSL) Measure of Student Learning Exams.

 

Grading procedures for class assignments are as follows:

  • Classwork/Homework-20%
  • PITSCO Modules-35%
  • Tests-35%
  • Quizzes-10%

 

Materials Needed:   All required material are to remain in the STEM Learning Center and kept in the designated period holder.  Keep all of your papers in the designated section of your pocket folder, including your pencils. Never toss a paper away.

  • Plastic 2-Pocket folder with center brads.
  • Notebook
  • Pencils
  • Loose leaf college rule notebook paper for written assessments and notes.(25 sheets)

 

Classroom Wish List:

  • TissueCan of Compressed Air
  • Hand SanitizerDuster
  • Clorox WipesAll-purpose cleaning spray
  • Pencils
  • Notebook Paper

Student Responsibilities

  • Please arrive to class on time and be seated when the bell rings. This helps prevent distraction in the classroom and gives your fellow classmates a quiet environment to focus on their morning assignment.
  • No food, gum or drinks are allowed in the STEM lab.
  • Do not roll chairs around classroom. Please keep chairs in assigned stations.
  • Stay in your seat unless you have permission to do otherwise.
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
  • No cursing or teasing. You will learn to respect one another and handle problems maturely. Use of derogatory language and bullying fosters negative energy into the classroom, and is not beneficial to everyone’s well-being. If you do not have anything nice to say, do not say anything at all.
  • Do not use the computers for purposes not specified by the teacher. No web surfing or social networking allowed.
  • Turn on the call light at your assigned station if you have any questions. I will be sure to get to you as quickly as possible. However, if I do not get to you promptly, or do not recognize that your light is on, please raise your hand. If there is an urgent matter, you are welcome to find me in the classroom and inform me of the situation.

*Classroom procedures will be discussed in detail with all students during our introductory class sessions.

Discipline Policy/Reward System:

The STEM lab provides great opportunities for students to become well versed in potential career fields of their choice. However, in order for the lab to be ran efficiently, students will be subject to discipline procedures if they do not obey lab rules. I believe that all students have an equal chance to learn and gain quality education. If you follow the rules, you are more likely to reap the benefits of the class assignments and gain important career skills for your future. However, I do understand that mistakes happen and that there will be some days where students may choose not to follow class rules. As Wong stated in The First Days of School (2009), “Consequences are not punishments. It is simply what happens when a person does something… A consequence is the result of a person’s chosen action (p.153).”

 

 

I believe that we will have a very successful year, and that all students are capable of achieving greatness! I am here to provide motivation to help students get through rough assignments, and help them not to break any class rules. Hard work and kind actions do not go unnoticed in my classroom. Students will be rewarded for their healthy contributions to the classroom. This will be a fun year and I look forward to seeing the smile on everyone’s faces as they are rewarded for their awesome behavior!

The discipline policy for the STEM lab is as follows:

  • First time: Verbal warning.
  • Second time: Class Dojo point deduction
  • Third time: Parent notification via phone call.
  • Fourth time: Student will be referred to ISS for remainder of class period.
  • Severe disruption: Students sent immediately to office.

The reward system for the STEM lab is as follows:

Class Dojo!- Students will have a chance to earn points for their good behavior through a virtual classroom management system named Class Dojo. Students will have the chance to collect as many points as possible to be used as a means of currency for rewards to be designated by the teacher.

Students: I have read this classroom plan and understand it. I will honor it while in the STEM lab.

Signature: _________________________________   Date: _____________________

Parents: My child has discussed the classroom plan with me. I understand it and will support it.

Signature: _________________________________   Date: _____________________

Teacher: I will be fair and consistent in administering the classroom plan for the STEM lab.

Signature: ___________________________________

 


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