Standards

Common Core Math: Differentiated Learning

Differentiation is an area of focus for the District.  In addition to the new PMS math website, teachers of all content areas are working on developing and refining strategies for differentiation to meet the needs of all learners.  Last year, a group of teachers and administrators attended a national conference on differentiated learning.  This year,…

Next Generation Science Standards — Board of Education Gets Hands-On Lesson from Teachers

On October 10, 2016, the Board of Education held a special workshop on the new science standards, called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Similar to Common Core Math, the NGSS emphasize reasoning, critical thinking, and the skills to demonstrate and explain scientific principles, rather than memorization of facts and formulas.  The NGSS also emphasize…

Common Core Math: Secondary Math Textbook Adoption

Since 2013, Piedmont Unified has been working toward the full implementation of teaching the Common Core Math Standards and Standards for Mathematical Practice.  Currently our students in kindergarten through 9th grade are enrolled in Common Core-aligned math classes. The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice promote a deeper understanding of mathematics and require students to solve…

Common Core Math: New Online Math Resources Offer Differentiation Tools for PMS Students

by Lucas Denman Recently, the Piedmont Middle School math department has begun to develop a new website for students.  The website,mathhorizon.org, will offer a variety of extension activities and problems for students to browse through and explore. These activities will focus on real-world applications of mathematics, modeling, problem-solving, and reasoning.  Students will learn more about…

NGSS Update: Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards at PMS

by Dan Kessler and Camilla Thayer The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) represent a shift in the way students learn and are taught Science K-12.   The NGSS represents “3-Dimensional” instruction, where students learn what scientists DO, how scientists THINK, and what scientists KNOW.  Students use information gained by investigation in one situation and apply this…

Elementary STEAM Expo and the Importance of Arts-Centered Learning

by Tracy Broback   Imagine my surprise when I attended every workshop I could find on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) education at the National Arts Educators Association (NAEA) meeting last Spring and found that art educators weren’t necessarily keen on the idea.   I was right in the midst of reimagining the annual…

Why Computer Science?

Why Computer Science? This week is National Computer Science Week, celebrated across the country with Hour of Code.  As our world increasingly uses technology, understanding how it works, and how we can use it to solve problems, becomes increasingly more important.   The growth of jobs that depend on computer science knowledge is increasing- in…

Questions for Science Teacher Logan Medina

Logan Medina teaches 8th grade Science at Piedmont Middle School.  He studied Marine Biology at UC Santa Cruz and has been teaching middle school Science for seven years — in Half Moon Bay, Monterey, and for the last two years at PMS.  He and the team of PMS Science teachers are implementing California’s new Science…

Journalism Class Interviews Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter

On October 20, the Piedmont High School Journalism class interviewed Matt Richtel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and best-selling author.  Richtel was on campus to address students in the second annual “Safe Driving Assembly” and to talk with parents about the distracting and addictive effects of technology.  In between the student assembly and…

Connected Learning in Action: Debbi Hill and Membean

In this continuing series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. Below is an email sent by Connected Learning coach Debbi Hill to PHS staff about the personalized vocabulary service Membean students access from their Chromebooks.  The service is free for individuals, so…