Lara's COSMOS Blog

Monday, July 31, 2006

I'm rather frustrated today, primarily at the comments made by many of the students in their second paper. I guess in their minds learning how to write and speak about science is "irrelevant." It's been really hard for me today to work with this in the back of my mind.

As for the projects, they seem to be coming along. Many of the groups have a better idea of what their video will include, and I'm hoping that will give them that much more time to edit this week.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

I can't believe the third week is already winding down. With projects upon us, time is flying. We've had some hostility among one of the groups, but I think the final decision has been made to leave everyone where they are. A huge part of COSMOS is working as a team, so despite how tough it can be at times, the students will hopefully learn how to function effectively together.

I just took a teaching job that starts only two weeks after COSMOS ends, so I'm starting to really stress out about getting everything prepared for the new school year. I'm moving from junior high school to high school, so the students here have provided me with a good transition period.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Monday is here, and I can't believe we're in week two! I was sad to discover that a student opted to leave the program over the weekend, but I guess that's how it goes sometimes.

This morning went rather well as Christine allowed some more advanced students to work on a lab while she brought others up to a more advanced level. She also encouraged the more knowledgeable students to help those with less programming familiarity.

My weekend was spent hauling topsoil around my yard, so it's nice to be in an academic setting again. Additionally, my home air conditioner broke last night, so I'm really appreciating the cool computer lab right now.

This afternoon was awesome. I've been meaning to teach myself video manipulation ever since I bought my video camera last summer. I can't believe how much I can do to improve my tapes!

Friday, July 14, 2006

This first Friday morning has gone by rather quickly. I was able to read many of the students' hypotheses from the multimodal interface article I distributed as well as some outlines for the essays due Tuesday. In general, I was both impressed and disappointed by the hypotheses. Many put a strong effort into developing a scientific question and statement while others provided me with vague and unprovable remarks. Additionally, some didn't bother to do a search based on their hypothesis as I had asked. I'm hoping that the students as a whole will become more and more enthusiastic as their projects develop.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Computing cluster this year is even more exciting than the last. Media is a fabulous way to spark the interest of high school students and to teach them a skill that they can utilize in numerous endeavors.

Science Communication could be going better thusfar. The students seem to feel the material is too simplistic, but based on the assignments and other observations, there is a lot of work to be done in terms of writing and speaking skills. I'm hoping that the next week will prove more fun for them and that they'll realize how important communication is to subjects other than English and Speech.