Summer 2013 IB Assignments
Congratulations Meredith McPhail !!
Alabama Science Scholar Search
Gorgas Scholarship Competition
Congratulations! Meredith McPhail has been named a Finalist in the Alabama Science Scholar Search and Gorgas Scholarship Competition for 2012. This is a significant achievement based on excellence in academics and completion of an individual work of scientific research and scholarship. All participating students are to be commended for their entries.
The final judging will be carried out during the annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science at Tuskegee University, in Tuskegee, Alabama, February 23-24, 2012. The Competition begins with the Joint Banquet on Thursday Evening, February 23rd with public display of Gorgas posters and the recognition of finalists. The final judging and announcement of winners will be on Friday, February 24th, 2012.
Based on the preliminary scores and final judging, awards will be made with the top award of $4000.00 that may be applied to college study at any accredited college or university. Additional scholarships are also offered to winners and/or finalists by baccalaureate (4-year) institutions in Alabama. A list of awards and additional scholarships is on the Gorgas website www.GorgasScholar.org.
Posted Sept 2011
ExploreLearning Recognizes MHS IB Teacher
Rebecca Mullins -Mobile Educator Spotlight
Mrs. Rebecca Mullins is in her twelfth year of teaching, and her sixth in the International Baccalaureate program. She holds a Masters Degree in Secondary Science Education and is the chair of her Science Department at Murphy High School. She teaches Chemistry to 10th-12th graders, and a dual enrollment Anatomy class in conjunction with Bishop State Community College.
Mrs. Mullins has incorporated Gizmos into a variety of modules. Depending on the lesson, she may use a Gizmo as an introduction to a concept or as a follow-up to reinforce a concept. As an introduction, she uses Gizmos in a sort of reverse classroom format (sometimes referred to as "flip teaching"), where students explore a lesson at home before the teacher lectures on it. The inquiry model of Gizmos allows students to acquire a grounding in the basic ideas. This then lets her start her lesson at a higher level and frees up more class time to work through problems together.
For other lessons such as electron configuration, Mrs. Mullins starts with a lecture and problems. She then discusses ions and isotopes with the class, and then turns to the Element Builder Gizmo.
"…the kids could see how the electrons and neutrons could be manipulated to create different variations. Then they were able see how the valence electrons were represented with Lewis structures and electron configurations. It really helped the students pull everything together."
Mrs. Mullins just started using Gizmos this school year when Mobile got district-wide access, and already she is finding diverse applications for them. She is looking forward to working with her department to integrate Gizmos into lessons and make her school's science teaching even better. For more information on ExploreLearning and Gizmos, please visit www.explorelearning.com.
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