Archive for October, 2012

Chemistry Workshop on Solubility, Acids & Bases, and Redox – this Saturday!

Don’t miss the last day to sign up for the next Targeting the TEKS in Chemistry Workshop!  We’ll be focusing on Solubility, Acids & Bases, and Redox Reactions (TEKS 10.B, F, G, H, I, J).  The workshop will include model 5E lessons that can be used to teach the student expectations and discussions to increase […]

Science Leadership Network – November 15

Just a quick reminder that our next Science Leadership Meeting will be November 15, 2012 from 9:00am – 12:00 pm. Please register for workshop ID FA1223395 via our e-campus registration system available online. This session will include updates from TEA and TSELA, STAAR data updates, and other items of interest to science leaders and is […]

TEA Approved Mnemonic for Chemistry EOC!

Students who are able to use accommodations such as Supplemental Aids on the Chemistry EOC can use mnemonics as long as subject specific words are not included. The mnemonic to remember the diatomic molecules, BrINClHOF, is approved, as long as only the symbols and NOT the names of the elements are included.  This is only allowed for […]

Performance Level Desciptors for STAAR

While the Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) are currently only available for high school courses, these documents will eventually be released by TEA for all assessments so we wanted to make sure and clarify the purpose and role of these descriptors. The PLDs are not intended to be, nor are they, a complete listing of all […]

STAAR Science Academies for Grade 8 and Biology

STAAR Science Academies are designed to provide information and instructional strategies to help teachers prepare students for STAAR.  From examining the blueprint to the basics of writing rigorous multiple choice questions, this series of workshops will help focus instruction, align assessments, and keep teachers reaching for the stars.  Please bring instructional materials including a teacher- […]

Physics: Energy & Momentum Workshop on Wed Oct 24

We’ve just extended the deadline to register for the Energy & Momentum Workshop on Oct 24.  Register through ecampus by this Friday! Sneak Peek at the Agenda – Workshop presented by Madelyn Percy: * What kids need to know about the Law of Conservation of Energy! * The value of narratives in the physics classroom, […]

See the Balcones Fault up close and stand on a volcano

The Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies and the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM will be hosting a teacher field trip (October 20, 2012) to McKinney Falls, Barton Springs, Perry Park and Mount Bonnell (lunch provided)  and workshop (October 22, 2012) providing hand-on classroom activities.  You can attend either or both.  Attendees on October 22, […]

Assessing Students in Science – Closing Soon

With emphasis on critical thinking and transferring knowledge and skills in our assessment program we have an opportunity to assess student learning as it progresses throughout the year. When? October 23, 2012 from 9-4 Where? ESC Region 13, 5701 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78723 Workshop ID? FA1224909 Cost? $75 Why? To gain immediate access to […]

Planning Instruction for STAAR and ELLs: Middle School Science

In this training, middle school science teachers will learn to differentiate their instruction to help ELLs meet rigorous STAAR requirements. Teachers will engage in a planning process outlined by the STAAR Instructional Planning Tool while referencing the ELPS Toolkit to embed necessary sheltered instruction strategies to bridge the gap for ELLs in meeting the demands […]

Earth and Space Science Teacher Opportunity

The following information is from Kathy Ellins at UT.  Please direct all questions directly to The Institute for Geophysics at UT-Austin, UTEP, and TAMU College Station and partners at TAMIU and UT- Brownsville have received a grant from the NSF for our project called DIG Texas Blueprints. This project has two overarching goals: Goal […]