Middle School Curriculum and Instruction

817 Bill Beck Blvd Kissimmee FL 34744

Phone: 407-870-1400 / Fax: 407-870-4994

Heather Miller

Science Resource Teacher

Science

The Osceola Middle School Science Team believes that an effective science program begins with a student-centered, hands-on/minds-on approach.

We believe that scientific learning should engage students physically and cognitively in rigorous, inquiry-based instruction. Teachers ensure the active cognitive and physical involvement of the learner through the teacher’s modeling of scientific strategies, students’ independent learning, and cooperative learning efforts with grade level peers. Students are engaged in learning through exploration, explanation, and elaboration of scientific concepts.

We believe that middle school science should be taught, learned, and assessed through hands-on, inquiry-based methods. The scientific processes of observation, classification, experimentation, analysis, and application are the basis for developing scientific concepts and higher-order thinking skills. Our curriculum provides students with opportunities to expand, change, enhance, and modify the ways in which they view the world. Our teachers facilitate an environment that promotes students' thinking, curiosity, and questioning. Students are empowered to express and share points of view, solve problems, and make decisions based on evidence. The primary goal of our program is to develop scientifically literate citizens.

Our teachers have designed our Curriculum Unit Plans to be developmentally and sequentially appropriate for students at their particular grade level. Our units are infused with opportunities for reading, writing, speaking, listening, and applied technology in science. All Unit Plans are reviewed and revised every year to ensure that they are up-to-date with the latest research-based methods of instruction and tight alignment to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in science.

More information on our science programs, including the MSP grant and our curriculum pacing guides, can be found on the left.


Heather Miller
Heather Miller
 Science Resource Teacher
Middle School Curriculum and Instruction

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