November Board Ramblings
By: Autumn Rivera, Region III
Greetings Science Educators! It’s a beautiful fall morning in Glenwood Springs and I am enjoying taking a quiet moment after such a crazy week. Our quarter just ended and we are in the midst of conferences. Congratulations to all who survived Halloween in schools this year. I’m not sure about other grade levels, but middle school and Halloween are always fun, but exhausting!
This year in science in my district a huge focus in middle school has been on breaking down the new 2020 Colorado Standards into specific grade levels. The Colorado Academic Standards were sixth, seventh, and eighth, but the new 2020 standards are just middle school. It is a daunting task, but our science leadership team, through the help from Maya Garcia at the Colorado Department of Education, has done an awesome job of planning our transition. I was proud to be apart of a team that focused on thinking about what was best for students and their learning. If any other fellow middle school teachers are looking for support, Maya is amazing! We were so grateful for her help!
I am also busy getting ready for the Colorado Science Conference this week. Every year I am excited for this conference as it brings time to check-in with old friends and make new ones. It also is an opportunity to push my instruction and learn new best practices to add to the classroom. As a science teacher of 15 years, I can all to easily find myself keeping the status quo, but attending the Conference always ensures I am filled with new ideas to try! Thanks to all those who have put in countless hours to make this conference a success every year. Make sure you stop by the CAST booth to say hi and I look forward to seeing everyone there!