CMS 7th Grade Science
Welcome to my classroom.
Students love science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)… YOU really do! You rely on technology every day! In fact, almost nothing that excites you can’t be tied to the STEM that made it possible in the first place. With a majority (60%) of all jobs requiring STEM literacy, according to a 2014 report from the Business Roundtable, the motivation to engage in STEM learning should be a slam dunk.
There is a set of defined competencies that are the key to connecting classrooms to careers. Competencies are defined with statements like, “evaluate reports based on data; analyze decisions and strategies using probability concepts.” As it happens, these competencies are in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). From a practical standpoint, it is now possible to connect classroom subjects to work activities by first connecting standards to competencies. The NGSS bridges academic concepts and the competencies that define job requirements.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has implemented the standards for teaching 7th grade science known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and can be viewed by following the links provided at the bottom of this page. In order to follow the grade level format used in Texas, the various national standards are found among Grades 6, 7, and 8. Recurring themes are pervasive in sciences, mathematics, and technology. These ideas transcend disciplinary boundaries and include change and constancy, patterns, cycles, systems, models, and scale.
You, as a student, will be pushed a bit beyond your comfort zone; think for yourself. There is no such thing as a “standard issue” student; you are all different. So I will present each standard (TEKS) in several unique ways, you will create works and work through activities that reinforce the lesson and I will evaluate (test) you on the lesson through a variety of products.