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Back to School Night 2014

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Adrian Neibauer

on 29 August 2014

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Transcript of Back to School Night 2014

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
Daily Schedule
Social Studies
8:45-8:55 AM: Before school
8:55-9:00 AM: First Bell
9:00-10:40 AM: Math
10:40-11:25 AM: Recess and Lunch
11:25-12:30 PM: Social Studies/Science
12:30-1:15 PM: Specials (Cheetahs)
1:15-1:45 PM: Snack and Silent Reading
1:45-3:15 PM: Literacy (Reading & Writing)
3:15-3:30 PM: Homework Planners, Clean
3:30 PM: Dismissal

Native Americans
American Revolution
African American History
U.S. Constitution & Government
Financial Literacy
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
About Me
Writer's Workshop
Genre Studies
Informational writing
Literary writing
Persuasive writing
Mr. Neibauer's Class
I am married and have three children. Oliver is seven; Julian is five years old; and our youngest daughter, Emerson, is three.

I have been teaching in the Cherry Creek School District for eleven years.

I provide culturally responsive techniques to the staff during staff meetings/retreats. I also use culturally relevant pedagogy in my classroom to close the race-based achievement gap.

I incorporate STEM into my classroom curriculum so that students have a real-world application to their learning.


Biological basis for instruction
Parents are primary educators
Abstinence is primary goal of prevention efforts
Parents given 20 days prior to instruction
If parents opt out, alternative instruction will be given
All instructional materials will be available for parents
Human Growth
& Development
Topics Covered:
Male/Female reproductive organs
Purpose/function of menstrual cycle
Role of ovum/sperm in reproduction
Fertilization = ovum + sperm
Stages of pregnancy and birth
Mixtures & Solutions
Weather on Earth
Living Systems
Body Systems
United States History
Writing & Reading Workshops
Reader's Workshop
High-interest novels to teach reading strategies
10-15 min. Universal Instruction
10-15 min. Guided Peer Practice
30-45 min. Students Practice Skill/Conferences
20-30 min. Independent Reading to Practice Skill
If you choose to break a rule...
Verbal Warning
Students found:
Following the rules
Setting a good example
Being a successful student
will earn Mojo Points!
Severe Disruptions:
Student sent immediately to office.
Equity & Excellence
Courageous Conversations About Race
Equity is raising the achievement of all students while narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest performing students AND eliminating the racial predictability and of which student groups occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories
Brain Breaks
Short activities that allow the brain to shift gears.
Refocus on learning when break is over.
Positive Effects:
Increases oxygen to the brain
Increases glucose utilization
Increases "feel good" neurotransmitters
Increases adrenaline
Decreases cortisol
Allows the neural system to function more efficiently
Colorado Academic Standards (CAS)
The CAS emphasize what students need to know in order to be postsecondary and workforce ready.
The CAS in Reading, Writing, and Communicating are grounded in the Common Core State Standards.
The CAS articulate grade level expectations every student should master at each grade level.
The standards require deeper student understanding in content and skills leading to mastery: fluency, application, and transfer of that content knowledge and skill.
All students; all standards
How does it relate to STEM/STEAM?
Learning-through-doing (constructivism)
Informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment
Use technical tools to fabricate stuff
Engages natural curiosity - more alive and relevant
Significant connection to K-12 system
2005 Make Magazine first published
2011 makerspace.com created
This is what it will look like
Take existing curricular outcomes - Work SMARTER NOT HARDER!
Front end load the framework -- "Engineering-Design Process"
Introduce them to the real-world problems
Place them into engineering teams and assigned teams a part of the story
each team member has colored Post-it notes
Engineering teams work on a possible solution
Share solutions
The ideas behind Makerspaces -- community driven, open access, shared resources and tools, knowledge sharing-- make them a natural fit for a [classroom] community.
Focus on integration
Establish relevance
Emphasize 21st. Learning Skills
Challenge students
"Interdisciplinary approach to learning which removes the traditional barriers separating the four disciplines...and integrates them into real world, rigorous and relevant learning experiences for students."
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