THE STUDENTS GAIN THE FOLLOWINGS AT SCIENCE COURSES IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL;
The students are raised as science-literate individuals who research and question, can made effective decisions, solve problems, have self-confidence, are open to cooperation, can communicate effectively, and are life-long learners with an awareness of sustainable development.
They have the knowledge, skills, positive attitude, perception and values peculiar to science as well as an understanding of the science’s relationship with technology, society and environment and the psychomotor skills.
During the process of the exploration of the nature and understanding the relationship between the human and the environment, they use their scientific process skills to produce solutions to the problems.
They develop awareness about how the science affects the society and technology and how the science is influenced by the society and technology.
They realize the mutual interaction between the environment and society, and they develop a sustainable development awareness towards the society, economy, and natural resources.
They develop the career awareness about science.
They undertake responsibility about the daily life problems, and they use the scientific process skills and other life skills to solve these problems.
They understand how the scientists create scientific information, the processes that the information goes through and how it is used in new research.
They understand that the science is produced as a result of the common efforts of scientists from all cultures and they develop the sense of appreciating scientific work.
They appreciate the contribution of science to the development of technology, solution of social problems, and the understanding of the relations in the natural environment.
They develop curiosity, attitude, and interest about the natural events.
They realize the importance of safety in scientific work, and they contribute to the practices.
They develop the habit of scientific thinking by using social-scientific subjects.
They adopt the principles of scientific ethics.
SCIENCE COURSE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
In science classes, generally a research and questioning-based learning strategy is adopted to make sure that the students participate in the process of learning actively and construct the knowledge in their minds.
The courses are planned and implemented based on the principle that the students are active and the teachers act like a facilitator and guide (activities, experiments, problems, projects, discussions, cooperative learning, etc.).
Before starting a new subject matter, the students’ preliminary knowledge about it is checked.
Written and oral complementary activities are carried out to help the students make up for their lacking knowledge or as a reminder.
The students are given the opportunity to test their learning and skills with an example or practice. If they have any mislearning or lacking knowledge, they are given complementary and explanatory questions and answers to help them comprehend the subject.
The subject and content-appropriate instructional methods are determined by the group teachers. The teachers who teach the same grade level make sure that the practices are completed in each class.
The subjects are related with daily life and the environment.
Technologic applications, 3D demonstrations and simulations are used to help the students comprehend the subjects.
The course materials are shared with the students via TEDMOOD and thus, the students attend the classes prepared.
MEASUREMENT AND ASSESSMENT
In science program, the measurement-assessment approach is based on providing consistent feedback so the students can be monitored and guided during the process, their learning difficulties can be identified, and permanent learning can be promoted.
Each semester, 3 written science exams are given.
The students are also given quizzes throughout the year. Revision activities are carried out to make up for the students’ lacking knowledge.
According to the grade level and course hours, the students are given two or three class participation grades.
Submitting homework on time,
Active participation in the class,
Students’ individual and group performance and responsibility in the activities,
Following the laboratory rules.