Eighth Grade, MS Science,
Mr. Keegan Davis
“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis
I am North Portland born and bred. Grew up just blocks from the historic St. Johns Bridge and have called St. Johns home nearly my entire life. I attended Holy Cross School as a student from first grade through eighth. Then I went off to Central Catholic High School and, because I couldn't get enough of North Portland I attended The University of Portland twice! I am now in my 14th year as a teacher at Holy Cross and am very much looking forward to the opportunity once again!
Click Here to watch a video introducing you to the year and learning a little bit about what to expect from science and art over the course of distance learning.
I will “push” out lessons to your children via Google Classroom every evening at 8:00 pm for the next day. For example, Tuesday, September 15th's lesson will be available Monday, September 14th at 8:00 pm. Assignments will be organized by weeks on Google Classroom. Each assignment/activity will be numbered and titled making them easy to find.
Students will show their knowledge of the material in a variety of ways, both digitally and "paper-and-pencil". In a typical week, live (synchronous) instruction will be daily Monday thru Thursday and an Art Lesson will pushed out weekly, asynchronously, on Friday, although there will be an optional call to come and check in about the lesson/directions. Synchronous classes will be held with the whole group or in small groups, these small groups are fluid and will change depending on the lesson. I will also be holding lab days, generally on Wednesdays and these will be as interactive as possible with our given limitations. Parents will be informed of the exact schedule in the weekly email.
Every Sunday I will email parents the plan for the upcoming week. This schedule will also be posted on the Google Classroom. Keep this schedule, there will be important links needed for that weeks lessons.
I will hold office hours, this gives students the opportunity to, via Zoom or email, receive additional supports. For security purposes I will not post the link here. If your child needs help, he or she can complete the following Google Form at any point during the day.
For security purposes, I am not providing the links to Google Classroom here. I have emailed parents the link to their child's Google Classroom. If you need me to send the link again, please let me know! Students have already been invited to their Google Classroom, the invitation can be found in their Holy Cross Gmail.
Google Classroom will be the Learning Management System (LMS) that your child will use for Distance Learning. All information will be included on this platform. I may be using other platforms such as SeeSaw, various Google Apps and more. All necessary links for these additional platforms will be included on Google Classroom. In simplest terms, everything your child needs can be found in one spot!
Unfamiliar with Google Apps? Click HERE to access tutorial videos and helpful instructions on how to maneuver the Google Apps that we will be using this year.
This year we will continue to use our Smithsonian Science Education Center Curriculum. The very general and broad topic this year will be Earth and Space Science. This will be broken up into 3 main sections that we will explore:
- Earth's Dynamic Systems
- Weather and Climate Systems
- Space Systems Exploration
How to...(Tutorial videos coming soon)
... use Google Classroom? This 6 minute tutorial video will address the following questions/topics:
- How to get to Google Classroom (0:13)
- How to view your work (0:26)
- How to see your grade (0:40)
- How to see what assignments have been assigned/graded/are missing (0:45)
- How to access the "To-Do" list (1:15)
- What to find under "Classwork" (1:57)
- What the icons mean (2:20)
- How to turn in assignments (3:15)
- Attaching a file (3:50)
- Rubric explanation (5:02)