Welcome to the MakerSpace Workroom for Curriculum Compacting
Why am I here?
Congratulations! Based on your exemplary test scores, pretests, portfolio and/or other performance, your teacher has determined that you have already mastered the content the class is working on at this time.
To keep you challenged, during your usual class time you will instead report to the Makerspace workroom for Curriculum Compacting.
What will I do?
Unless your teacher has sent you an assignment, that is up to you. The only rule is you must work on something interesting to you.
How will I decide?
Select one from the list of ideas below. You do NOT have to choose the same subject area as the class you are compacting out of.
If you change your mind or encounter a glitch that prevents you from moving forward, you can select another one. Get Ms.Gurthie’s permission before working on a project idea, course, or site not listed below.
What if I don’t finish my compacting during the time allotted?
No problem! Just see how far you get at this time. You can come back and finish another week or decide to leave it and move on to something else next time. This is an option for you anytime you prove advanced mastery on a topic your class is studying.
Is there a grade or test?
Compacting is advanced exploration so it is not graded, you have already shown mastery for a grade but you will complete an evaluation on the last day showing and/or telling your teacher what you worked on and what you learned.
These black hole resources are for my compacting students, and all who are interested in them.
First, let's think size, with the coolest interactive, now a classic with The Scale of the Universe
Now a little background with Black Hole Basics
Where do you want to go from here? Choose a topic and follow your interest. You can go down a internet rabbit hole of black hole info by following links from the background article above, watch some educational videos to learn more about black hole science, or create something yourself (but not a black hole, sorry, see me to brainstorm other ideas)
Join Now but Do not make a Trade until 3:45 pm
Be part of the Piedmont Bulls and bears Stock Market Game
Prizes to the top student winners!
Piedmont's Stock Market and Ethical Investing club
Often students say they wish they learned more real world skills in school. We are lucky to have with us financial expert JD Doliner with us for this club. She will help you understand that this image above is a bit misleading as there is more to successful investing than $$$$$
She will run the meetings of the Piedmont Bulls and Bears like a real board meeting and teach us the basics to get started and you will get to try your hand at financial investing.
1st Bulls and Bears Club Board Meeting Agenda
Go to this Link and click "view" to learn the basic steps of Polymerase Chain Reaction
learn the basic steps of polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a technique used to produce short sections of DNA for analysis. In this technique, various components are combined in a microfuge tube and heated in a thermal cycler. The activity details the process, which results in thousands of identical copies of a DNA fragment. Note: The activity provides a simulation of the process. The characterizations of depicted components and their behaviors should not be taken literally.
Embroidery Step By Step
Prepare the Fabric
Prepare the Needle
Choose your stitch(es)
When you are done practicing, “Find Inspiration” for your next project. Google Easy Embroidery templates, Easy First Embroidery, etc or Watch YouTube How To Embroider, etc.
So, you're taking an online class! Congratulations! This is the way of the future and you can do this! In some ways, online learning is a lot easier than in-class work: you just have to know how to do it. Once you get the hang of it, it is much more efficient because you don't have to stop for class distractions or the teacher correcting other students or other things that suck up a lot of class time in a live class.
But the hard part about online learning is it's WAY too easy to procrastinate and then dig yourself into a hole. Especially if you are also taking live classes, you must guard against ignoring online when you have other pressing deadlines.
Below are tips for success. These will work for students in NCVPS classes and other online courses based on my experience helping middle school at Piedmont, and with online learning in general with high schoolers and college students.
Step 1. Choose the course wisely. Do you have time? Do you have interest? You will do best if you have a set aside daily time and an interest. Don't worry, though, even if the course was chosen for you or if you're busy, you can still succeed.
Just read on...
Step 2. Check the materials posted online as soon as you can log in. This gives you time to correct any problems with your login and helps you learn your way around the online platform your teacher is using. Click each button and tab to see what is there. Do this every day until the course officially starts so you don't forget useful locations.
Step 3. Find your class calendar and print a hard copy. Sometimes this is part of the "syllabus" sometimes it is a separate calendar. Post it in the room you will be working in or place it the front of your notebook or your binder (or both) CHECK OFF EACH LESSON AS YOU COMPLETE IT. This keeps you from falling behind and keeps you from missing a test or quiz.
Step 4: Write your teacher or contact your online coordinator AS SOON AS you notice anything wrong. Don't assume it's your fault and above all don't try to hide your confusion. Online teachers sometimes can't see the same screen their students see. This is a big problem because they might THINK you can view something you can't . Also there may be technical issues with your equipment or a site they ask you to use and they can give you a fix or a new link.
Step 5: Do the WORK *
Don't skip steps. Are you remembering to check off your lesson progress on your printed calendar every day like I told you in step 3? If not, you MUST! In a live class, you have someone to yell at you (well, nicely nag you) and get you back on task. In an online class, your teacher can't see you and remind you so the calendar becomes your nag. It is a good idea to add the due dates to your google calendar so you can set notifications and text reminders to come to your phone. I set multiple reminders for important dates.
Step 6: CHECK YOUR GRADES. You should have found the place where you can view upcoming assignment due dates and graded work. Check that tab every class period to make sure you're on track. If a grade is low, go back to step 4. You should contact your teacher unless it is totally clear to you where you messed up and how to fix it going forward. If they aren't helpful google for online tutorial and gaming sites. They might have fun ways to master the content so you can get back on track. Try Khan Academy tutorials or language apps like Duolingo.
How to ask for help:
Use this template to message your teacher:
Hi my name is ____ and I am a student in your ____ class. I was looking at ____ (your grade, your syllabus, lesson #_ etc) and I had a question about ____. Can you please explain it to me so I can __(understand, make it up, raise my grade, etc) If you have any advice for me how to make sure I do better in the future, I will gladly follow it. Thank you and I appreciate it.
Sincerely, ___ (your name)
* Tips for students who have trouble with step 5.
If you have difficulty making yourself work, try this:
Get a study buddy to force you to do the work. A friend, a teacher at your school, or a parent who can check your grades is a good idea.
Offer yourself a reward for getting all your work done each week.
Break jobs down into smaller tasks so you don't psych yourself out with all you have to do.
Set alarms on your phone and don't stop working until it rings
Hide your phone and don't look at it or go to another website until you've completed the day's activity.
If that sounds too hard, do one half of the work then take a play break. Set an online timer for 5 minutes so you don't forget and play all class.
If you just don't like the class, force yourself to get the assignment done before you do anything you are more motivated to do. fun "Eat your vegetables before dessert" .www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-make-yourself-work-when-youre-mood-dr-travis-bradberry
More ideas here: www.quora.com/How-can-I-stop-procrastinating-as-a-high-school-student-and-just-get-good-grades
To use our Library Makerspace's new Dremel 3 D Printer, follow these steps:
The following are notes from a lesson designed by Ms. Newburger.
Test your knowledge of this information at https://join.quizizz.com and enter GAME CODE
The IB Academic Honesty Policy that YOU signed at the beginning of the year states that you agree NOT to plagiarize. As you get older, this becomes very important and potentially costly in school and in life (failure, fines, removal of your posted video or other creations, etc) Journalists have been fired for plaigiarizing. People have lost their jobs for it. People have had to pay millions of dollars for it. You want to avoid it! Here's how:
What is plaigiarism?
How can I avoid accidentally plagiarizing?
Do I have to cite something if it's common knowledge?
No. For example, you don't have to cite the dictionary if you look up how to spell a word but you DO have to cite the dictionary you use if you look up a word's definition as those can differ slightly. but when in doubt, cite it anyway!
Which resources should I use and cite when researching for school?
See credible sources lessons or
just use pre-Vetted academically trustworthy sources found at NcWise Owl (on the student portal)
Which images are free to use? ( you must still cite them!!)
What is the best method for citing when I want to credit a source?
Follow your teacher's instructions on the required way to credit sources used for your product. How you give credit depends on the product. (reserach paper, video, etc) Different ways to cite sources include:
How do I find the necessary information about a source to include when writing up credit for a citation?
You'll first want to ask your teacher if you should to use APA, MLA or other then use:
NCWISEOWL: Trustworthy Academic Sources that are Easy to CIte!
Step 1. Go to NCWISEOWL.org or click the button you see at the Student Portal below
Step 2: Select Middle School (you are welcome to check out the other grades as well or sort by subject)
Step 3: Select the tool you want to use (Start with Brittanica School if you aren't sure where to start but it's worth clicking around one day when you're not in a hurry. Lots of good stuff)
Step 4: Enter the topic you are researching. Put quotes around your search terms to focus your results. Then click if you want images, articles, videos, magazines, web sites etc.
Step 5: Read the results and REPEAT as necessary until you find information and results you are satisifed with.(Go up or down a level (1,2,3 in photo above)if you aren't happy, change the lexile at bottom right, move from middle to elementary or high back at Step 2, etc) When you find something you want to use, click on it as below.
Click the check box marked "cite"
Copy the citation in the style you need (MLA, APA, etc in the dropdown arrow box) and paste it into your research along with the image or note. (I recommend both drafting and taking notes using Google Docs, Google Slides, or other Google Drive product)
How to find Credible Sources on the web
Plagiarism videos used in this lesson
Huey Newton and the Black Panthers, The Black Panther Movie, and Global Africana
From a series inspired by curious educational objects in my office.
Want to know more about the real-life connections in The Black Panther movie? Explore the links below.
More to Learn:
Now Your Turn:
This is Ms. Gurthie's place for students at Piedmont and elsewhere to find resources to fuel their passions. Besides making fun lesson ideas for teachers, I wanted this space to provide PD for students too!