Frequently Asked Questions
1. 1.What are the school rules and specific classroom procedures for Environmental Science classes?
Unfiled - September 4, 2012 8:39am
The District Student Code of Conduct can be found at http://archive.austinisd.org/schools/website.phtml?id=040 under the parents section. Our class will operate under these rules.
As for additional rules specific to our class:
1. Be in your seat with your supplies and prepared to learn when the bell rings. Students are expected to have a composition notebook, pen or pencil, and a water bottle each day. Composition notebooks will be stored in class and will serve as our interactive journal. Students are expected to dress appropriately for weather each day. There should be an expectation that we will work outside each day.
The day's agenda and a warm-up question/activity will be on the board or the overhead when students arrive. The question/activity helps to focus students' attention on the day's lesson. They should begin copying the agenda and answering the question immediately with no prompt from me. Discussion and assessment begins a few minutes after the bell rings.
2. Students should stay at their seats, raise their hand, and wait to be called on if they need assistance in any way. All questions will be addressed in an appropriate amount of time. Calling out students and teachers names is not acceptable. If students are given an assignment and the supplies needed for the assignment have already been explained, student may leave their seats to get the supplies they need.
3. Conversations and comments among all classroom attendants should be kept school appropriate. Name calling and any other comments meant to degrade or belittle others will not be tolerated.
4. When working outside students must follow all directions given by adults. Tools should be used in accordance with directions given in class. Students should stay in assigned areas, and should seek teacher approval to change tasks or to leaved their area.
5. Assignments given to students need to be completed in a timely manner and to the students' best ability. Unless a student has a separate accommodation, assignments are due on their due date. Each class day an assignment is late 10 points will be deducted from the overall grade. Adjustments can be made based on teacher discretion.
6. Do not start gathering your belongings to leave before class is dismissed. The room needs to be organized and orderly before students are allowed to leave.
2. 1.What will students learn in Mr. Rosenberg's Environmental Science classes?
Unfiled - September 4, 2012 8:44am
Mr. Rosenberg currently teaches:
Native Plants and Animals of Texas, the World Outside: An Introduction to Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Green Growing: An Introduction to Horticulture, Taste of Science:Landscape Design, Environmental Ethics and Capstone Project: Independent Studies.
Native Plants and Animals of Texas (NPA)
NPA is a 6th grade electives class. NPA and WO (The World Outside) are prerequisites to all other Environmental Science classes. Students must take this class unless approval is granted by the Administrators or Instructor. In NPA students will learn about the interactions between animals, plants, humans, and their environments. Students will study one native species and will interact with many others. Classes will rely heavily on working in the outdoors. Students are expected to dress accordingly.
The World Outside
Students will work to understand systems, their parts, and their function. We will study the concept that all things are connected. Topics will range from biomes, food chains and food webs, ecological hierarchy, and sustainability.
Green Growing: Introduction to Horticulture (GG)
GG will build on skills aquired in NPA. Students will spend a majority of class outside maintaining gardens, collecting seeds, and propagating plants in our greenhouse. Students will be expected to learn the proper ways of caring for plants and troubleshooting their health concerns.
Landscape Design Taste of Science (LD): An exploration of the reason why we install the gardens at school in the manner we have chosen. Students will follow a curriculum that focuses on species identification, species attraction, site survey and resources, presentation of design, and installation of the garden.
Ethics: Students have been taught to respect and learn from nature. This course will explore common beliefs of nature from the past to the present. Students will be asked to think of their own opinions and belief and express why these beliefs have come about for themselves.
Capstone: The culminating course for the program. Students will find a passion involving nature and implement that passion in a project form on campus or in their communities. Students will explore sustainable design, project planning and presentation, and implementation of projects.
Environmental Studies students should expect to get outside on a regular basis. We may be surveying, digging, watering, weeding, feeding, building, etc. When we are inside we may be participating in simulations, discussions, games, songs, dances, art projects, reading, writing or doing research. In order to promote cooperative learning and electronic media literacy, students will work on creating various websites and blogs. Quizzes will be drawn from the Interactive Notebooks.
Scheduled field trips will be announced well in advance.
Field Notebook 20%
Assignments that are turned in late will have 10 points deducted from the overall grade for each day the assignment is late. All final grades are given to reflect student work and participation. Students earn grades, teachers do not assign grades.
For an updated schedule of assignments, homework, activities and projects, please check my web page anytime. E-mail is the best way to contact me. I encourage anyone who has information about or experience with any of the topics we will explore to participate in the class.
3. What are the supplies needed for Environmental Science classes?
Unfiled - September 4, 2012 9:00am
You need only a composition book (no spirals please), a pencil or pen, and a water bottle for all Environmental Science classes. A $10 lab fee should be paid promptly at the beginning of the year to the teacher or online.
However, we will be spending a great deal of time outdoors, so please dress accordingly. Water bottles are encouraged.
Lab Fee: Please send $10.00 to cover the cost of materials such as soil, seeds, etc.
4. What is the best way to contact me?
Unfiled - September 4, 2012 8:43am
Visiting and joining the Small Gardens Blog is greatly encouraged. It will keep you currently up to date on ES topics in the news and at school. It will also be an alternative way to contact me.
You can also email me at:
My class number is 512-841-6739
5. When are my conference periods?
Unfiled - September 4, 2012 8:57am
I will be teaching 7 classes out of 8 periods in the day. My off period is on B day during 4th period. I will be maintaining gardens all year. The best way to contact me is through email. If there is an immediate need that requires my attention, and an email has not been responded to within in a 24 hour period, please have a message sent to my class through the main office or leave message on the classroom phone.