My name is Alex Tucker, and I am excited to introduce myself as your child’s 6th grade Science teacher for this upcoming school year! This is my fourth year teaching with the Bellefonte Area School District. I recently moved to Central Pennsylvania, after my wife and I were married three years ago. I am originally from the Jim Thorpe area of Pennsylvania, which is about two and a half hours east of Bellefonte. I am excited to not just become part of the faculty here at Bellefonte Area, but also to become part of the community as well.
I am a 2009 graduate of Kutztown University where I earned my B.S. in Elementary Education K-6 and Middle Level Math Certification 7-9. I am also a December 2014 graduate of Wilkes University where I earned my M. S. Ed in Classroom Technology. Prior to working at Bellefonte, I worked as a 7th and 8th grade Math Specialist at the Mahanoy Area School District for 6 years, and a 5th grade classroom teacher at St. Josephs Academy for one year. With experience aside, I am very excited to get started with this upcoming school year and I look forward to working with your child as they work to become the best student of science they can be!The Scientific Method
Purpose (Why?): Science is an incredibly vast and exciting field of study. Science is behind everything we do, from using spin and gravity to throw a curveball or using a controlled chemical reaction to make a cake rise. It’s science! Therefore it’s important to learn and explore the world around us as we interact with it on a daily basis. Through this 6th grade Science course we will do just that. We will not only explore the world around us, but the worlds beyond us.Research (Experience and Materials): The materials needed for this course will be kept simple. Most materials and handouts you need for class will be provided each day unless otherwise mentioned, but there are a few things the students will need to bring to class with them each day.
1) A three ring binder with pockets
2) Two pencils or pens
3) A positive attitude!
Hypothesis (What do you think will happen?): In the field of science, making a hypothesis or prediction of what we think will happen is necessary to help us find the answers to questions we simply do not know. When making our hypothesis, we follow the rules of science to help guide and focus our predictions of the outcome based on our past experience. Therefore, just as science has rules, our science classroom follows the school wide rules of Be Here, Be Ready, Be Kind, Be Safe, and Be Respectful.
The Big “3”
In my 10 years teaching and working with middle school students, “The Big 3” represents the three biggest questions students have had over the years about the classroom, aside from academic and grading procedures.
Cell Phones – Should be kept in your locker and turned off, as per school policy. If you are caught in class with your phone or we are disrupted by your favorite song ringtone, then your iPhone will become a myPhone™ and confiscated. Violations of this policy will follow the BAMS student handbook.Gum – If I don’t see it or hear it, in my mind you don’t have it! However if it becomes a problem, then it is a privilege that can and will be taken away.
Restroom – The best time is right when you walk in the room or toward the end of class during work time. You must sign out and take a pass.Test the Hypothesis (Determine what you know!): In order to determine if your hypothesis or “guess” was correct, you need to prove what you know, what you need to know, and study the results. In our science class, you will prove and show what you know through tests, quizzes, classwork, and homework. Student grades will be broken down based on the following system:
Assessments (Tests, Quizzes, Projects, Etc…) 40%
Classwork (Notes, Binder, Labs, Discussions, Etc…) 40%
*It is the responsibility of the student to make up any assignments they have missed while being absent.
** The students will have until the test for each chapter is taken to turn in any late/missing assignments.
Analyze the Results/Conclusion: Once the hypothesis has been tested, a scientist will then study the results of their experiment and come to a conclusion for their work. For us, our work for the year is just beginning! As I mentioned before, I am very excited to get started with the school year and look forward to making this 6th grade school year the best one yet!
Communicate the Results (Share what happened!): Finally, once all of their work has been completed, a scientist will share their results with fellow scientists and the world. If you have anything to share or any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. The best way to contact me would be through my school email email@example.com or school phone at 355-5466 ext. 5402. I also have a school web page that I am working to create and use as a means to share classroom information and documents. The address is https://www.basd.net/Domain/1518 or it can also be found through the district website.