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September 25, 2006

Most Eggcellent Eggsperiment (VP)

Seventh grade Life Science @ Mabry continues to rock...or, um... egg. As a part of this major unit on cells, students were learning about cellular transportation through osmosis and diffusion. The students used eggs to parallel or model an animal cell. For 6 days they added solutions of varying water concentrations to observe the effects on the eggs' mass and circumference. The eggs could lose or gain mass based on the properties of the solution in which they soaked.

Take just a few minutes to sense the eggcitement of learning in science!


Posted by Tim Tyson at 07:05 PM

September 05, 2006

2006 CRCT Scores Released (VP)

We have created this video podcast of Mabry's CRCT scores from May, 2006. Sometimes data can be confusing, so here is a simple way to understand what you're about to see: We want more purple and no yellow. Each bar graph shows the percentage of students below grade level (yellow), on grade level and meeting expectations (blue), and above grade level and exceeding expectations (purple).

The first chart in each data set shows an overview of that grade level's performance in each subject. The next several charts show how our students compared to the students in Cobb County as a whole and the state of Georgia in each subject area.

You will notice that, in some subject areas, the data looks significantly different than it has in the past. These tests were renormed last year. For a more detailed explanation of the data, you can visit these two posts as MabryOnline: CRCT Data from May, 2006, Posted and Student Achievement Data from May, 2006.

If the data goes by too fast for you, simply click the Pause button.


Posted by Tim Tyson at 03:39 PM

2006 Open House: Did You Know (VP)

At the beginning of each school year Mabry welcomes parents to an Open House meeting. The meeting begins with a general session to introduce the PTSA and in which Dr. Tyson speaks about Mabry's direction and mission. Parents then start with their child's homeroom and actually attend each of their student's classes, meeting the teachers and getting a sense for what a day in the life of their child at Mabry is like.

Before the Open House meeting began, this presentation, Did You Know, original concept by Karl Fisch, Arapahoe High School, Littleton, Colorado, was showing. We have turned it into a podcast. The presentation provides an overview of our Mabry resources and juxtaposes those resources against a backdrop of the global challenges our students face.


Posted by Tim Tyson at 11:31 AM

2006 Open House: Dr. Tyson's Presentation

At the beginning of each school year Mabry welcomes parents to an Open House meeting. The meeting begins with a general session to introduce the PTSA and in which Dr. Tyson speaks about Mabry's direction and mission. Parents then start with their child's homeroom and actually attend each of their student's classes, meeting the teachers and getting a sense for what a day in the life of their child at Mabry is like.

This is a podcast of Dr. Tyson's Open House presentation--which he did on the interactive whiteboard. The presentation introduced the parents to how this technology can be used in the classroom with students and also provided Mabry with survey information to facilitate our future planning. Additionally he spoke of Mabry's mission statement and the role parents play in helping us continue our school's rich tradition of academic excellence.


Posted by Tim Tyson at 09:53 AM

2006 Open House: Survey Results (VP)

At the beginning of each school year Mabry welcomes parents to an Open House meeting. The meeting begins with a general session to introduce the PTSA and in which Dr. Tyson speaks about Mabry's direction and mission. Parents then start with their child's homeroom and actually attend each of their student's classes, meeting the teachers and getting a sense for what a day in the life of their child at Mabry is like.

In this podcast you will see the results from the ACTIVote survey from the Open House general meeting conducted by Dr. Tyson. Not only can teachers gain this type of insight from using this technology with their students in class, but, unlike the anonymous surveying done in our meeting, they can also gain immediate assessment data from each individual student in their classes.

After the meeting, a parent asked if Mabry accepted donations or corporate sponsorships to increase the availability of this technology for our students. Yes, absolutely. We want this type of technology to be used pervasively by students and teachers. Our long term goal, which regrettably is probably several years out, is to substantially reduce the amount of time teachers spend with clerical tasks (grading papers) and give them that time to do more data analysis (analyzing daily assessment data for students). Simplistically put, we want this technology to allow the student to take a classroom assessment and have that data appear in virtually real time on iParent.


Posted by Tim Tyson at 09:50 AM

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