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									Project POSIT Projects
First Name Last      G School 06-07              Gd Area of Interest                              Question                                          Important Because                                           Data Sources
           Name      P
Agnes Joy Marcelo    E Elmhurst Middle School    7 8 Science and literacy                         How will the interplay of firsthand and text-     I was inspired by the “Seeds and Roots” presentation Students’ tests, journals, interviews,
                                                                                                  based investigations improve and support the      so I want to know the impact of “do it, read it, talk it, possibly video
                                                                                                  development of scientific knowledge and           and write it” in scien instruction.
                                                                                                  reasoning?
Aijeron    Simmons   F New Highland Academy      4    Science and Writing development             How can science promote writing                   I think being able to effectively communicate is an     Questionnaire, writing samples, student
                                                                                                  development? Will giving students weekly          important life skill that transcends the disciplines. I work, pre- and post-assessments, rubric
                                                                                                  scientific opportunities significantly impact     have noticed that it is extremely difficult for some
                                                                                                  students’ ability to write with detail and        students to gather ideas and write in a detailed
                                                                                                  clarity?                                          manner. I think the systematic processes inherent in
                                                                                                                                                    science could help students overcome the obstacles.

Angie      Ho        H Montera Middle School     6    Learning outcomes and motivation            How does pre-assessing students’ knowledge        I want to understand the strategies for facilitating        pre & post-assessment (inquiry, formal,
                                                                                                  improve learning outcomes and guide my            learning in order to maximize student motivation and        discussions); student/parent surveys;
                                                                                                  teaching?; How does project-based activities      interest, knowledge retention, and conceptual               Observations (seatwork, group work);
                                                                                                  compare to direct teaching in adding to           understanding.                                              Student work (journals, project, folders,
                                                                                                  students’ understanding and application of                                                                    assignments)
                                                                                                  skills and concepts?; How does student
                                                                                                  choice (intrinsic motivation) enhance
                                                                                                  participation, learning outcomes, and
                                                                                                  motivation?
Asia       Grey      D Bret Harte Middle School 7/8 Biology, Life Sciences                        How does having living animals in the              it is a vibrant and exciting topic. Students love hands    Surveys; Pre/Post Assessments; Student
                                                                                                  classroom to teach science boost the students      on project, they love watching things grow and             Journals; Teacher Journal; Photographs;
                                                                                                  engagement?                                        change, and are especially fascinated with living          Student Artwork
                                                                                                                                                     creatures. This project also shows students
                                                                                                                                                     compassion for other living things. This is a relevant
                                                                                                                                                     topic as it explain the living world and how the life
                                                                                                                                                     cycle occurs among several species.
Bernice    Tate      G Frick Middle School       6    Student Self-Esteem                         Does self-esteem have an impact on                 I have observed many students with low self-esteem         a “me poster” , student work and a
                                                                                                  learning?                                          associated with low performing skills.                     personality questionnaire.
Bethany    Lourie                                8/9 Students as scientists
                     A Oakland School for the Arts                                                How does meeting Scientists and “becoming” because I want my students to see themselves as
                                                                                                  a famous Scientist (as a year-long project)        Scientists, and to have confidence and passion to
                                                                                                  affect student motivation and performance?         consider careers in Science. I also want them to
                                                                                                                                                     think critically about issues in current events related
                                                                                                                                                     to Science and Technology.
Brenda     Tuohy     C Think College Now         5    Affect of Science instruction on            If I provide students with hands-on Science        students in my class have generally not chosen to          Student questionnaires (pre and post
                                                      literacy/reading growth                     experiences, AND I provide students with           read non-fiction on their own, their non-fiction reading   assessments) ; Accelerated Reading Data
                                                                                                  access to related non-fiction books, will          experiences have generally been limited to teacher-        (percent of fiction vs. non-fiction reading,
                                                                                                  students choose to read more non-fiction texts led, required reading, and their overall reading               average reading levels and
                                                                                                  than my students have in previous years, and comprehension is generally low. I would like to see if           comprehension levels over periods of
                                                                                                  will this improve their overall reading            this intervention increases their reading                  time); teacher reflection/ journaling
                                                                                                  comprehension?                                     comprehension and interest in reading expository
                                                                                                                                                     texts.
Brendan    Stubbs    D Bret Harte Middle School 8     The efficacy of synthetic and analytical    Do student’s performance on these                  science is largely about application of concepts. I        CST English, CST Science, Intelligence?,
                                                      written assessments (i.e. CST) at gauging   assessments correlate most closely with: 1.        want to know if it is appropriate to expect this of my     Prior grades, Quiz results of recall Qs,
                                                      science content mastery at the 8th grade    recall/application of content in non-novel         students and if the CST measures content mastery or        Quiz results of app/synth CST questions.
                                                      level.                                      situations; 2. intelligence; 3. English            intelligence.
                                                                                                  proficiency?
Cathy      Mahoney   H Redwood Heights Elementary helping low achieving students through
                                              4-5                                                 How does “do it, talk it, read it, write it, draw I think it will help me improve my teaching for all my      pre-test/post-test, student journals,
                                                  science                                         it” with explicit vocabulary instruction help low- students and at the same time focus on what is             teacher lesson plans, observations,
                                                                                                  achieving students improve their                   working/not working for my lowest quartile students.       videos of student talk/cooperative group
                                                                                                  understanding of science concepts?                                                                            work
Channon    Jackson   F New Highland Academy      4    Making reading more enjoyable and           Could working on great hypotheses in science the ability to make good inferences is not only a great          -questionnaire with unfinished stories
                                                      making my students better                   based on evidence and prior knowledge help skill that good readers have but a great life skill.               asking what happens next?; -recording of
                                                                                                  my students make better inferences in                                                                         conversations during Open Court
                                                                                                  Language Arts?
Chastity   Garcia    E Esperanza Academy         5    Misconceptions in science                   How can we effectively teach classification of students come to class with misconceptions and                 Pre-test (ex. predict classification of living
                                                                                                  organisms as living or non-living, the cause of continue to carry these misconceptions throughout             organisms) and post-test, formative
                                                                                                  the seasons, and the phases of the moon            their education.                                           assessments, journals, video.
                                                                                                  using three modes of instruction (GLAD,
                                                                                                  textbook, and hands-on experience with
                                                                                                  FOSS and other activities)?
Project POSIT Projects
First Name Last        G School 06-07          Gd Area of Interest                            Question                                     Important Because                                                       Data Sources
           Name        P
Christine  Douglas     F RISE Community School 4-7 Student learning goals as motivated by the Can student-chosen learning goals in science I want to know how to have my students take more                        Science journals, teacher observations,
                                                   student.                                   result in more self-directed learning?       ownership of their learning.                                            student/teacher/parent conferences

Clarence    Copeland   H Parker Elementary          4    Earthquakes                                    Does prolonged, intense instruction cause a       for motivational reasons to prepare for an eventual 1) pre- /post-survey of families’
                                                                                                        change in students’ lives?                        earthquake in the Bay Area.                         preparedness for 6.0 or greater
                                                                                                                                                                                                              earthquake locally; (2) pre/post quizzes
                                                                                                                                                                                                              of students’ knowledge of topics related to
                                                                                                                                                                                                              earthquakes, eg. Plate tectonics, ring of
                                                                                                                                                                                                              fire, fault lines, local history; (3) daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                              observations, graphing of quakes on
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hayward fault.
Conner      Caswell     B Cleveland Elementary      4    Technology in the classroom                    What is the most effective collaborative          students sometimes change their approach to         pre-post (content) assessments,
                                                                                                        configuration of students to maximize the         learning when they use a technology format. Regular journals/questionnaire,
                                                                                                        efficacy of learning which utilizes technology.   classrooms groupings may not apply. The push for
                                                                                                                                                          using technology in the classroom should be
                                                                                                                                                          accompanied with an understanding of how
                                                                                                                                                          groupings are effected.
Connie      Branson     A Lincoln Elementary        K-5 Using Science experiments as metaphors          Can Science experiments improve student                                                               because students do not always connect
                                                        for Open Court units.                           learning and motivation within Open Court?                                                            with directly with the units of Open Court.

DeBora      Douglas    G Frick Middle School        6    Integrating science and math                   1. What happens to students’ grades or            students usually memorize formulas only and forget       videos, student presentations and
                                                                                                        achievement when I choose to use science          it.                                                      journals.
                                                                                                        and math? 2. Will this help students’
                                                                                                        understanding of math?
Deidre      Robinson   G Parker Elementary          5    Recycling with a conservation outcome.         1. How do I facilitate a recycling and            the environment that they live in could have a           Put process in place, continue worm
                                                                                                        conservation program? 2. How can I                positive outcome due to planting the seed and            composting, small garden set-up.
                                                                                                        incorporate power-walking? 3. What are some       providing the information.
                                                                                                        effective recycling techniques/worm
                                                                                                        composting? 4. How do I make recycling
                                                                                                        more meaningful?
Denise      Palmer     D Jefferson Elementary       4 5 Science and Literacy                            How can I teach my students to write              I want my students to apply the academic language        Anecdotal data; OCR Benchmark Data;
                                                                                                        questions in which they gather evidence to        to other disciplines.                                    Student Questionnaire; Student samples
                                                                                                        either dispute or support hypothesis?; How
                                                                                                        can science and literacy improve writing as
                                                                                                        measured by OCR benchmark data?
Dewaina     Hardee     D Allendale Elementary       5    Human Anatomy                                  What is the impact of hands-on science            students knowledge of how their body works exposes Resources/outcomes; Student journal
                                                                                                        learning on student retention of standards-       them to the premise behind the merits of healthy   KWL Content; Fitness journal: eating
                                                                                                        based information; Does hands on interaction      eating and fitness.                                habits, exercise regime; Photos; Teacher
                                                                                                        before teacher lecture impact their                                                                  reflections
                                                                                                        understanding of standards-based science
                                                                                                        concepts
DiShawn     Green      G Grass Valley Elementary 4       Improving Science Instruction - How to         1. How can I incorporate Foss into Open           science has been over looked too long! Open Court    Teacher Research Journal, field trip
                                                         teach science inquiry with Open Court          Court inquiry teaching? 2. How do well            inquiry has been a struggle.                         activities sheets, lesson plans pre and
                                                                                                        planned student field trip affect interest and                                                         post, pictures of concept questions
                                                                                                        enthusiasm in science?                                                                                 boards, and audio tape of group
                                                                                                                                                                                                               discussion
Eduardo     Enz         B Jefferson Elementary      4    Teaching Evolution, Astronomy, Practical       How would having science literature circles at I think using the leveled literature circle model helps OCR Comprehension assessments,
                                                         Science Applications                           various reading levels help my ELL students engage and ultimately improve student                      literature circle research projects, books,
                                                                                                        acquire comprehension skills                   comprehension.                                          summaries, and critiques.
Elise       Dicharry    F Webster Academy           5    1. Biodiversity and the Tree of Life; 2. Use   1. How can the use of cladograms help teach (1) I am dying to teach cladograms as a method for         (1) Pre- and post-assessments, student
                                                         of Games in the Classroom                      biodiversity, interconnectedness, and the Tree understanding interconnectedness in biology, and (2) work, interviews; (2) Pre-, post- and post-
                                                                                                        of Life?; 2. How can using games in the        I love using games, my students love playing games, post assessments, observational data,
                                                                                                        classroom help student retention of content? and I want to see how they help their learning.           surveys

Elizabeth   Woodward C International Community School Effects of Science instruction on literacy,
                                                4                                                       If I teach students to write responses to hands- every year students struggle with this genre more         CST released questions in Response to
                                                      specifically writing                              on science experiences, will they be able to     than the other tested genres. I think providing           Literature (pre and post-test);
                                                                                                        transfer their writing skills and structures to  students with an opportunity to learn and to practice     Observations; Other writing samples
                                                                                                        the genre of “Response to Literature” in         written responses in Science, in which they have first-   (Science journals, etc.); Teacher
                                                                                                        writing as tested on the 4th Grade CST           hand experiences and practice with vocabulary, will       reflections; Student questionnaire
                                                                                                        Writing Test?                                    help them apply these skills to writing “Response to
                                                                                                                                                         Literature” compositions, that tend to be more
                                                                                                                                                         abstract.
Project POSIT Projects
First Name Last        G School 06-07              Gd Area of Interest                             Question                                           Important Because                                        Data Sources
           Name        P
Ellen      Hum         D Jefferson Elementary      5     Motivation, Pedagogy, student pre-        What are the student pre-conceptions about         I want all my students to grasp basic scientific         Student Interviews and questionnaire;
                                                         conceptions, equity                       science? What are the differences between          concepts.                                                Formative assessments; Observation
                                                                                                   the high and low performances? Can hands                                                                    between video and photograph; Science
                                                                                                   on science experiments help bridge the                                                                      journals, technical and attitude; Student
                                                                                                   achievement gap for low performers?                                                                         work; Teacher Journal

Emily      Rosa        D Jefferson Elementary      5     Integration of Literacy and Science and   How does the use of structured/unstructured        Use of writing to learn                                  Teacher Research Journal; Student
                                                         Maximizing learning for ELLs.             journal writing as part of the anticipatory set                                                             Science Journal; Incoming CELDT levels;
                                                                                                   effect understanding and retention of science                                                               Multiple choice quizzes; Seating Chart for
                                                                                                   content for ELLs.                                                                                           anecdotal recording; Audio tape of student
                                                                                                                                                                                                               interviews
Ernest     Alatorre                                5
                       E Brookfield Village Elementary   Teaching science to English Language      How can I narrow the disparity between             I have had classes in the past in which there was a      Reading scores and math scores, science
                                                         Learners, specifically vocabulary         English Language Learners and other                larger number of ELL students and these ELL              test scores
                                                                                                   students through science instruction focused       students already performed at a lower level on
                                                                                                   on vocabulary and hands-on experiences?            reading than the other students.

Fay        Pisciotta   B Edna Brewer Middle School 8 Student motivation in science
                                                 7                                                 How can I increase all students’ motivation     Many students have poor grades, not because of low          Percentage of assignments completed,
                                                                                                   and what is the effect of layered curriculum on test scores, but because of missing assignments;            student surveys, teacher observations,
                                                                                                   motivation                                      Students who earn C’s, often have only done the             informal interviews.
                                                                                                                                                   minimum to “get by”; Students who earn A’s often
                                                                                                                                                   completed all the work but weren’t challenged.
                                                                                                                                                   Therefore, because of these three things, the
                                                                                                                                                   students are not truly being served.
Helen      Lim         C Garfield Elementary       K45 Student engagement and progress             Does using computer software for record         student mastery of lesson objective varies depending        I plan to follow the new 2007-2008 FOSS
                                                                                                   keeping on science lesson activity and          on EL/ELD,RSP, or GATE student composition in a             schedule to do informal/formal
                                                                                                   assessment scores improve student               class. I want to be able to keep track on individual        observations on student progress
                                                                                                   engagement and grades?                          student progress and, at the same time, meet the            throughout the next school year beginning
                                                                                                                                                   needs of students who might need extra help after a         September 2007; Activity notebook
                                                                                                                                                   lesson.                                                     responses; I-check assessment; Student
                                                                                                                                                                                                               reflections in journal format; Teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                                               reflections after each activity/I-check
                                                                                                                                                                                                               assessments
Herberta   Zulueta     G Frick Middle School       7-8 Parent/Guardian/Teacher Interactions      What effect does a parent/guardian/teacher           last year was a hot mess!                                Teacher Research Journal, teacher
                                                                                                 contact have on a student’s academic                                                                          survey, grades, observations (rating
                                                                                                 performance and skills?                                                                                       scale).
James (Gabe)
          Jenkins                                8
                       B Edna Brewer Middle School       Informal formative assessments          What are the correlations between informal           because I’m restructuring my class to enable far         Audio tape of student interviews
                                                                                                 formative assessments via individual                 more individualized interactions through increased
                                                                                                 student/teacher conversations and 1) test            independent work time: is this helpful? Do students
                                                                                                 scores; 2) student academic confidence; and          learn more and feel better about themselves and
                                                                                                 3) student “satisfaction” with class.                class, if we do this?
Janet      Jackson     D Allendale Elementary      4     Gardening, Energy Use and Conservation, How can I use the garden to improve math             I have found that students with little experience        I will definitely be using my brand new
                                                         Global Warming, Service Learning        and science scores?; Would participation in          engaging in the natural world become more                digital video camera, photos, ongoing
                                                                                                 school community based conservation/service          motivated when given the opportunity to participate in   surveys on motivation and attitude about
                                                                                                 learning projects motivate and/or improve            projects dealing with living things. Working with the    school, parent/student surveys, garden
                                                                                                 achievement in my students?; How could               earth helps them understand who they are, where          based curriculum, and data associated
                                                                                                 engaging students in the Solar Schools               they are in the world and to be compassionate with       with the Solar Schools Program
                                                                                                 Program motivate/build student achievement?          each other

Jennifer   Sethasang F Lockwood Elementary         4 5 1. Vocabulary Development; 2. Writing       1. How does learning Latin roots, suffixes, and    (1) I think my students have a limited vocabulary. I     1. Formal assessments, informal
                                                                                                   prefixes help student decode science               would like them to develop more academic and             assessments - vocab tests; 2. Student
                                                                                                   vocabulary?; 2. Will science observational         scientific language; and (2) my kids can’t write!        work, pre- and post-assessments
                                                                                                   writing help overall writing skills?
Jeremey    Gorman      F Coliseum College Prep     6-8 Science vocab                               Does the study of root, prefix, suffix, and        it facilitates cross- curricular collaboration.          Pre- and post-tests, survey, teacher notes
                                                                                                   origin affect science learning?
Jill       Eccher      D Jefferson Elementary      4 5 Motivation, English Language Learners       What happens when English Language                 I want all my students to succeed in writing. Writing    Student interviews/questionnaire about
                                                       (ELL), Writing                              Learners are motivated to use an interactive       is very difficult for students, especially ELLs. Many    attitudes towards writing, student writing
                                                                                                   science journal to improve their writing skills?   students have a difficult time brainstorming ideas to    samples (formal and informal), collection
                                                                                                                                                      write about and seem to get lost in the process. By      of science journals, 6-week OCR District
                                                                                                                                                      using science as motivation to teach writing, ELLs       Assessment
                                                                                                                                                      will have more confidence and skills in writing. An
                                                                                                                                                      interactive journal will be used to document their
                                                                                                                                                      learning and writing challenges and achievements.
Project POSIT Projects
First Name Last       G School 06-07                Gd Area of Interest                                  Question                                          Important Because                                        Data Sources
           Name       P
Jose       Garcia     C Ascend                      5     Outdoor Education,Fieldwork, Students          Does fieldwork really enhance student           Students in urban environments have little exposure        Video/Photo; Student Science Journals;
                                                          teaching students in multiage configuration,   learning, specifically related to long term     to nature                                                  Student/Teacher/Parent Reflections;
                                                          family cooperative projects, overnight field   memory?; Does fieldwork increase student                                                                   Student Presentations; Pre and Post
                                                          trips, increasing urban students               interest in science?; Will a family based                                                                  Assessments; Observations; Recordings
                                                          awareness/appreciation of natural              science project create long term interest and
                                                          environment and its fragility                  appreciation of natural environments?; Can a
                                                                                                         multiage configuration of students teaching
                                                                                                         students improve student engagement and
                                                                                                         long term memory?
Joshua     de Wolf    G Frick Middle School         8     Focus during labs                              How do I increase the level of focus during the students learn more when they are focused.             review the labs, photographs, videotape
                                                                                                         labs?                                                                                                  of my teaching, self evaluation attached to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                lab form, and draw an illustration of what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the lab should look like
Judy       Cherin     A PLACE @ Prescott Elementary Using Science experiments as metaphors
                                              5                                                          Can Science experiments improve student           because students do not always connect with directly because students do not always connect
                                                    for Open Court units.                                learning and motivation within Open Court?        with the units of Open Court.                        with directly with the units of Open Court.

Kareem     Weaver     B Fruitvale Elementary        4 5 A: “Demographics” of science access B:        Aa: Is teacher experience related to amount of       A:it is important to properly identify “the divide”. I
                                                        Latin and Greek as a factor in learning       science instruction Ab: What are                     want to know if there is a specific rhyme or reason to
                                                        science.                                      demographics in classrooms as related to             students regular access to science instruction B: “No
                                                                                                      science time (free/reduced lunch, ethnicity,         brainer” – find what works
                                                                                                      gender, etc) B: Does instruction of Latin and
                                                                                                      Greek improve learning of scientific (and
                                                                                                      math) facts and/or concepts.
Karen      Fuko       G Frick Middle School         6     Promoting positive behavior = quality group Will allowing time for complimenting and             negative behavior takes up and interferes with       Student surveys, tally posters 9negative
                                                          work/science projects                       keeping track of negative behaviors promote          production/climate in the classroom. This deters me vs. positive by group), observations,
                                                                                                      a positive classroom environment to increase         from planning more hands-on projects and activities. journals, videos.
                                                                                                      opportunities for projects?
Karen      Rowe       A Hoover Elementary           5     Student learning and student performance. How is student learning impacted by the use            because I want to know what students are actually        Journals, surveys, observation, audio and
                                                          Journaling and other forms of assessment. of science journals.                                   learning or thinking.                                    video recordings, anecdotal records.

Kathleen   Arnold     E Esperanza Academy           5     Misconceptions in science                      How can we effectively teach classification of    students come to class with misconceptions and           Pre-test (ex. predict classification of living
                                                                                                         organisms as living or non-living, the cause of   continue to carry these misconceptions throughout        organisms) and post-test, formative
                                                                                                         the seasons, and the phases of the moon           their education.                                         assessments, journals, video.
                                                                                                         using three modes of instruction (GLAD,
                                                                                                         textbook, and hands-on experience with
                                                                                                         FOSS and other activities)?
Kimberly   Gutowski   E Madison Middle School       7 8 Relationship between diet, behavior, and         Is there a relationship between the food that     last year, I noticed that my fourth period class after   Pre- and post-surveys from students, pre-
                                                        academic performance                             kids eat and their ability to succeed             lunch had the worst behavior and the lowest grades       and post-surveys from families, ongoing
                                                                                                         academically? What are the effects of their       and that, in general, the diet of the students at my     tracking of weight, height, heart rate,
                                                                                                         diet on their self-perception and social          school is poor, even though they have healthy            blood pressure, ongoing tracking of
                                                                                                         interactions?                                     options.                                                 students’ mastery of unit standards,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    journals about food consumption, physical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    feeling and social interactions

Koy        Hill       A Hoover Elementary           4   Equity based on effective educators and   How does parental involvement motivate        because knowledge is power.                                         Student Product, Questionnaire, Science
                                                        parental involvement.                     students.                                                                                                         Journal
Lark                   A
           Matis-Ruffner   Westlake Middle School   6-8 The language of Science.                  How can I get students to use the language of because when they enter my classroom, they enter                    A: Surveys B: Oral/Written tests, surveys
                                                                                                  Science?                                      the Science zone, and they should act and think like a
                                                                                                                                                Scientist, thus it is important to use the language of
                                                                                                                                                Science.
Lilia      Martin     B    Fruitvale Elementary    4   Assessment                                 How can I use assessments to accommodate I have many ELL students and want to make sure                           pre-post assessments, student work,
                                                                                                  the needs and improve the science and         that assessments are effective and efficient in                     Foss resources (Spanish/English?)
                                                                                                  literacy learning of my English Language      determining content mastery.
                                                                                                  Learners
Linda      Taylor-WhiteH   Claremont Middle School 6-8 Project-based assessment with rubric vs.   Will students be better able to demonstrate   I am interested how different kinds of assessment                   student interviews, comparison of results
                                                       traditional written assessment (testing)   their understanding of science concepts       affect student motivation to become better learners.                of rubrics and written assessments
                                                                                                  through project-based assessments or
                                                                                                  through traditional written assessments?
Louise     Anderson   B    Glenview Elementary     4   Do guest speakers really make a difference How does integrating science consultants (on                                                                      parent surveys, collection of student work
                                                       in science?                                a bi-weekly basis) to teach electricity in                                                                        samples
                                                                                                  addition to my own instruction enhance
                                                                                                  students’ learning of electricity?
Project POSIT Projects
First Name Last      G School 06-07               Gd Area of Interest                                Question                                           Important Because                                           Data Sources
           Name      P
Magdalena Monterrosa E Esperanza Academy          4    Science and literacy                          How can I have kids read, talk and write in a      because I feel that, even at an early age, children     Audio from recorded discussions, science
                                                                                                     more scientific language? Is it necessary for      should get used to expressing their ideas with content- journals, video, formal and informal
                                                                                                     students to do scientific activities for them to   and age-appropriate language.                           writing.
                                                                                                     learn the vocabulary?
Marilyn    Spingarn   H Montclair Elementary      5    Observing and Recording                       Through systematic vocabulary development,         observation is a life skill that impacts all disciplines.   journals (written observations, diagrams,
                                                                                                     observation and recording opportunities will                                                                   charts, graphs), videotape/audio tape of
                                                                                                     students develop their ability observe and                                                                     discussions, pre/post tests, teacher
                                                                                                     record more scientifically                                                                                     observations.

Marisa     Villegas   E Korematsu Discovery Academy The effect of children’s knowledge of diet
                                                4                                                    Will teaching nutrition and implementing a         I already have had personal experience with the ways        Surveys about personal and family eating
                                                    and nutrition on academic performance            fitness program improve academic                   in which good nutrition and physical activity can           patterns, record their use of the salad bar,
                                                                                                     performance?                                       impact self-perception and physical health and I want       write a grant to obtain fitness equipment,
                                                                                                                                                        to know whether it can also improve academic                involve Sports for Kids coach
                                                                                                                                                        performance.
Mark       Zucker     A Hoover                    4 5 Integrating Science and Language Arts          How can I integrate Language Arts and              because science is exciting and powerful, and I want        Science journals, hands-on experiments,
                                                                                                     Science to increase scientific understanding       more students to experience it authentically                writing prompts, tests, art/posters,
                                                                                                     and use of scientific language?                                                                                discussion

Martha     Manuel     G Parker Elementary         K-5 How to increase science knowledge by         How do I get science across to more of my            time constraints and I want them to be interested in        Survey, Pre-Post test, interview students,
                                                      increasing positive behavior                 students because I teach the whole school            learning.                                                   creative assessments, Teacher Research
                                                                                                   science? How can I prevent behavior from                                                                         Journal
                                                                                                   getting in the way?
Miranda    Spang      C Ascend                    6   Outdoor Education,Fieldwork, Students        Does fieldwork really enhance student                Students in urban environments have little exposure         Video/Photo; Student Science Journals;
                                                      teaching students in multiage configuration, learning, specifically related to long term          to nature                                                   Student/Teacher/Parent Reflections;
                                                      family cooperative projects, overnight field memory?; Does fieldwork increase student                                                                         Student Presentations; Pre and Post
                                                      trips, increasing urban students             interest in science?; Will a family based                                                                        Assessments; Observations; Recordings
                                                      awareness/appreciation of natural            science project create long term interest and
                                                      environment and its fragility                appreciation of natural environments?; Can a
                                                                                                   multiage configuration of students teaching
                                                                                                   students improve student engagement and
                                                                                                   long term memory?
Nikita     Gibbs      F Lockwood Elementary       4   Science and literacy connections             1. Can science exploration via experiments,          I’m interested in seeing the effects of science relative Assessments, observations,
                                                                                                   classroom visits, and field trips affect a           to Language Arts.                                        questionnaires
                                                                                                   student’s desire to aspire to be a scientist?; 2.
                                                                                                   Can students prior knowledge in science
                                                                                                   concepts lead to increased interest during
                                                                                                   instruction?; 3. Can science connections to
                                                                                                   OCR result in higher scores on their
                                                                                                   assessments?
Oscar      Benavides C Maxwell Park               4/5 How to incorporate technology in the         How do disadvantaged children get a hold of          we are trying to provide all students with the same         Good question!! I’m still exploring the
                                                      classroom as instructional tools             these tools if the school site does not provide      opportunities for learning and make learning/teaching       avenues such as grants, donations,etc. in
                                                                                                   it to them and if they do not have it at home        more accessible for the students (virtual tours for         order to make these possible. I’m open for
                                                                                                   (ie. laptops, desktops, internet access, etc.)?      Science and cross-curricular activities).                   suggestions even looking into SFSU and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CSUEB for donation from their “student
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    leftovers” at their dorms.
Paulette   Smith      C Garfield Elementary       4    How does Foss affect Inquiry and              I wonder if I commit to teaching the FOSS          my students come in to the 4th grade without the            Student journal writing; Questions student
                                                       investigation?                                Science Program two days a week for 50             skills needed to ask inquiry based questions or to          develop overtime; Student investigations
                                                                                                     minutes a lesson for at least 85% of the year,     conduct investigations. I want to know if the Foss          overtime; A time log of when teacher
                                                                                                     will my students be able to demonstrate            program’s principles and format produce students            teaches FOSS; A teacher log using
                                                                                                     competence in student research                     who are capable of inquiry.                                 Tumble-logs; Student reflection of process
                                                                                                     investigations driven by investigable                                                                          check-ins; Photos and video
                                                                                                     questions and good science.
Rachel     Clark      F RISE Community School 4        1. Earthquakes and earthquake                 1. How does learning some scientific and           (1) we need to be prepared for earthquakes and most         Pre- and post- surveys and giving the
                                                       preparedness; 2. Science vocabulary and       engineering aspects of earthquakes affect          of us are not. My students need to learn about              same survey to a class that is not studying
                                                       making it more accessible to students         student/family earthquake preparedness -           landforms in CA and I want them to feel successful;         earthquakes; student/teacher
                                                                                                     plan and supplies?; 2. How does learning           and (2) there is so much vocabulary to learn in             observations; formative assessments;
                                                                                                     Latin/Greek roots, prefixes, and suffixes          science - and in other subjects- and I want to              analyses of vocabulary use in speaking
                                                                                                     influence the understanding of science             discover ways to make the acquisition easier.               and writing; student/family interviews;
                                                                                                     vocabulary?                                                                                                    quizzes; final project/expo related to CA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    landforms
Project POSIT Projects
First Name Last       G School 06-07              Gd Area of Interest                              Question                                        Important Because                                           Data Sources
           Name       P
Rosemary Donehew      E Esperanza Academy         5    Misconceptions in science                 How can we effectively teach classification of    students come to class with misconceptions and              Pre-test (ex. predict classification of living
                                                                                                 organisms as living or non-living, the cause of   continue to carry these misconceptions throughout           organisms) and post-test, formative
                                                                                                 the seasons, and the phases of the moon           their education.                                            assessments, journals, video.
                                                                                                 using three modes of instruction (GLAD,
                                                                                                 textbook, and hands-on experience with
                                                                                                 FOSS and other activities)?
Sarohini   Chahal     A PLACE @ Prescott Elementary Using Science experiments as metaphors Can Science experiments improve student
                                              3                                                                                                  because students do not always connect with directly
                                                    for Open Court units.                        learning and motivation within Open Court?      with the units of Open Court.
Sonnie     Dae        F Webster Academy       5     1. Developing metacognition; 2. Improving Will the peer-teaching model improve the           I want to be sure to expand and deepen the                    Student surveys and interviews, pre- and
                                                    writing skills; 3. Peer-teaching model as an achievement of both in science?                 knowledge/skill set of my proficient students who             post-tests, anecdotal notes of teacher
                                                    avenue to advance both challenge and low                                                     often receive less attention. Additionally, I want to be      observations, audio recording/video
                                                    groups                                                                                       sure to increase the knowledge/skill set of my low-           footage, and student work.
                                                                                                                                                 performing students, who often need additional
                                                                                                                                                 support and scaffolding.
Staci A.   Smith                                  6
                      A Oakland School for the Arts    Video/Photo; Student Science Journals;      How can I use science projects to help        in the past, I know that all students do not fully            Pre-and post-tests of content, student
                                                       Student/Teacher/Parent Reflections;         children understand what they know?           demonstrate their knowledge by answering a series             interviews about test taking in science,
                                                       Student Presentations; Pre and Post                                                       of test questions. I also know that they do have              student project work and rubric, and
                                                       Assessments; Observations; Recordings                                                     knowledge of science concepts that can be                     student achievement over time.
                                                                                                                                                 articulated via visual arts and hands-on skills.
Steve      Luntz      H Montera Middle School     6    The effect of the benchmark/pacing guide    How do regional and national scientists with I am unhappy with the removal of historicity from the          Mailed requests for response. Telephone
                                                       process on OUSD middle school science       an interest in education regard the 6th grade earth science curriculum. I want to know what                 and personal interviews.
                                                       curriculum.                                 earth science course, as outlined in the OUSD scientists think.
                                                                                                   pacing guide?
Susan      Swenson Brookes
                     H Montclair Elementary       4 5 Integrating art and science                  Does the addition of a student designed art   because I am interested in ways students can                  observation, pre- and several post-
                                                                                                   project, along with a student generated       improve knowledge retention.                                  assessments. Art projects, evaluations,
                                                                                                   evaluation rubric, improve student                                                                          presentations of projects, etc…………
                                                                                                   understanding and long term retention of
                                                                                                   learning.
Susan      Weinberg   H Hillcrest Elementary      4    Improving my science instruction.           What strategies that I learned at this summer I need to use newly learned strategies right away or          Assorted Feedback: surveys, interactive
                                                                                                   institute can I implement to improve student  else I’ll lose them. I want to get my students more           journals, interviews, videos, observations,
                                                                                                   knowledge and interest in the science topics. excited to pursue science. I want to know which               pre/post tests, inquiry projects, etc.
                                                                                                   Which strategies are most effective?          strategies work for which outcomes.

Therese    Jimenez    C Garfield Elementary       5    Student’s writing                           I wonder how I can effect student’s science     I feel that knowledge of how to write observations,         Student journal writing; Student
                                                                                                   writing in science?                             questions, procedures, descriptions, and summaries          investigations overtime; A time log of
                                                                                                                                                   of findings will allow their writing to transcend all       when teacher teaches FOSS; A teacher
                                                                                                                                                   writing applications.                                       log using Tumble-logs; Student reflection
                                                                                                                                                                                                               of process check-ins; Photos and video

Tremaine   Moore      D Allendale Elementary      5    Technology in and outside of the classroom How can I use technology in my classroom to      I want my all students to enjoy writing and not look at     Cameras – Give each student a camera to
                                                                                                  help motivate my student to write?; How can I    it as a task that they are forced to do. I would like for   take pictures of things that interest them
                                                                                                  use technology to better assess my students      them to learn how to express themselves creatively          and then have the students write 100 word
                                                                                                  and teach them to assess themselves?             and to use a variety of methods to accomplish this.         paper detailing/summarizing their
                                                                                                                                                   Technology is something that really interests them          pictures. (Data: Pictures and student
                                                                                                                                                   and it would be a great reward for them to use it more      writing.); Computer – Students will type
                                                                                                                                                   in there writing.                                           and print their writings. (Data: Student
                                                                                                                                                                                                               published writings w/clip art and
                                                                                                                                                                                                               PowerPoint presentations.); Video –
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Students will read their writings to an
                                                                                                                                                                                                               audience. (Data: videotape, voice
                                                                                                                                                                                                               recordings, rubrics, surveys, and student
                                                                                                                                                                                                               writings.); Assessments – Students will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                               assessed by teacher and classmates, as
                                                                                                                                                                                                               well as a self-assessment. (Data: teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                                               assessment, student assessment, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                               self-assessment.

Trena                 G
           Wright-George Burckhalter Elementary   4    Life Science                                Do students understand how their body           I love talking about the human body and how it              Pre-Post assessments, KWL, Food
                                                                                                   functions works? -nutrition, food choices,      operates.                                                   journal daily-over a certain point and
                                                                                                   exercise, etc. (Effect body, performance,                                                                   interviews (student/teacher)
                                                                                                   academics)

								
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