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SAC Science Subcommittee Meeting
The Student Advisory Council Science Subcommittee held its first meeting on November 13, 2011. The meeting included at least one teacher from every grade including ESE. The group is very blended with new and veteran teachers which allowed techniques and better practices to be exposed. The committee has many duties including sharing ideas and finding ways to improve the current plan.
The main goal is to increase the percentages of students passing the FCAT. The 2011 goal stated 22% of fifth graders would achieve proficiency on the test. The new goal was for 30 % of fifth graders to achieve proficiency on the test.
As a group, we went over each goal at the school. The first step was to review it and find out if the goal needed to be changed. If the goal was adequate we brainstormed what ideas could be implemented in the school to meet the goal.
The most controversial anticipated barrier stated the school would provide students the chance to apply concepts from the concrete to the abstract. The strategy provided was for teachers to have the student’s complete weekly hand on science projects using the Broward County Science Kits. The veteran teachers remember having a teacher that conducted science experiments in a classroom that was turned into a science lab. The students performed science project and applied their learning in their classroom by writing and having higher scores on science tests. Unfortunately, that program was removed due to lack of funding. The teachers agreed that the idea of having a real science lab was not realistic due to time, funding and reduction in specials.
During the meeting we went over three other anticipated barriers. As a group we agreed those goals were in good standing. As a future teacher, I really got an idea of the SAC committee and how important it is to view each...