It was great to meet all of you! I'm looking forward to a fun and exciting year.
In my class, we began to investigate the definition of "science". As we explored common pseudoscience topics, such as aliens and bigfoot, we were able to identify some of the criteria that contributes to science as we define it.
What we found:
In order to test for something, we need to begin with an accurate definition of what it is that will be tested.
We should be careful to be aware of any bias that can exist in science. A bias can be reflective our emotions, or created to protect our values.
Science merely suggests realities based on evidence, and lack thereof does not disprove the existence of a reality. It merely means that when there is no way to prove or disprove something, it falls outside the reach of scientific capability.
For today, we began our math program by covering triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem. You were handed a worksheet with direct application problems that is due by Friday, although you should have the majority of it completed from the work that we have done in class.
You also had the opportunity to get a chance to experience a routine for doing math work in my class. There will be others, all aimed at providing you the opportunity to reflect on what helps you create the best learning environment for yourself. We will continue this activity on Thursday when we return to our math curriculum.
Please respond in the comments below if you have any suggestions or comments about the activity we did.