PSI and PMI: Effective New Approaches to High School Science and K-12 Mathematics #blc11

Notes from my 1st workshop: PSI and PMI: Effective New Approaches to High School Science and K-12 Mathematics with Robert Goodman.

PSI and PMI: Effective New Approaches to High School Science and K-12 Mathematics
Speakers Robert Goodman

  • Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) & Progressive Mathematics Initiative (PMI)
  • AP Exams as a Goal
    • provides standard metric
    • recognized by k-12, colleges, students and parents
    • correlated to international competitiveness
    • gives students access to top colleges
  • Just having the technology doesn’t do anything! You have to use it effectively.
  • Science should be: physics (algebra based) → chemistry → biology
  • why the traditional biology → chem → physics doesn’t work: nothing in biology that helps students get through algebra; we are not producing physics teachers in the US under the traditional sequence
  • Pedagogy
    • social constructivism: round tables, group problem solving, heterogeneous setting
    • direct Instruction: smart notebook presentation (4-5 min lecture), smart response formative assessment (here are the %age of right, wrong, etc.. but DONT TELL what the right answer is), teacher as part of socail group
    • sumative assessment: grades based only on what students know and can do (tests, quizzes), retakes for all assessments (new grade replaces old one completely), grades are not subjective, correlated to end of course tests (ie: aps) → don’t grade process, grade outcome
  • No textbooks used
  • www.njctl.org
    • homework with answers (since no points given for hw)
    • free for other teachers to use, but ask teachers for email feedback if they’re using the material
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