Mrs. SittingBull

Professional Biography

  • Charlie SittingBull is a 7th and 8th grade science teacher in North Thurston Public Schools. Charlie graduated from the University of Washington with a Master's in Science Education, and certificates in Restoration Ecology; and Education, Environment, and Community. She earned her Washington State teaching certificate from Saint Martin's University in Secondary Science and Secondary Humanities. Charlie completed over five years of training in Traditional Plants and Foods, is on the NTPS implementation committee for the Since Time Immemorial curriculum, and is a Tend, Gather, and Grow team member; one of GRuB's newest programs. Tend is dedicated to educating youth about wild edible and medicinal plants and the rich cultural traditions that surround them. Through the development of a teaching toolkit on Northwest plants and providing teacher trainings, the program aims to build food security, promote health, and facilitate connections with the land. Charlie continues to work within her district, collaborating with local tribal members to integrate Indigenous Knowledge Systems within North Thurston Public Schools. Charlie is passionate about engaging students in science through placed-based field experiences, believing that a strong sense of place will help our next generation develop creative solutions to sustain our changing community.

Course Syllabus

  • science syllabus

     

    Course Description

    This year we will emphasize building relationships throughout the year! Despite being virtual, I will strive to keep class interactive and get you up and moving as much as possible!

     

    Your participation and cooperation are vital to making this class a positive experience for everyone. If you come to class excited and ready to learn each day, I promise that you will have a good time and succeed! 

     

    Flipped Class Design - During Digital Learning 2.0, science class will use a “flipped design” format. This means that you will read or watch a video BEFORE coming to Day 1 of science each week. In class we will review and apply what you learned in your homework. The homework will open in Canvas on Thursday afternoon and you have two attempts.

     

    Canvas

    All classwork and video links are posted in weekly Canvas modules. Our Canvas homepage has a menu of options to help you find information. If you ever miss a class, check the weekly schedule posted in each module. This lists assignments and due dates.We may use other external resources throughout the year to make class more interactive and interesting. These sites will all be linked in Canvas.

     

    Parents - Would you like to observe your student in Canvas? This allows you to follow what we are doing in class but not participate. HERE are directions for becoming an observer.

     

    General Weekly Schedule (Sept-Nov)

    • Day 1 (either M or T) 
      • We apply the skills and topics from last week’s homework. 
      • Includes on and off-computer activities
    • Day 2 (either W or Th)
      • Includes independent sit spot activity or other off-computer activity
    • Homework
      • Assigned Thursday on Canvas
      • Reading or video with 2-4 questions that prepares students for Day 1 next week
      • Due Day 1 following week
    • Friday
      • Group meetings, study hall, clubs, etc.

     

    Necessary Materials

    • Chromebook & charger (charging your chromebook overnight helps prepare for daily classes!)
    • Pen or pencil
    • Paper or notebook

     

    Classroom Expectations

    • Be patient with yourself & others
    • Seek help early & often
    • Growth Mindset
    • Do your best (looks different for everyone)
    • Create a comfortable “learning spot” if possible

    Grading

    Grades are updated each Friday. Please check SKYWARD for overall course grades. All late assignments must be submitted at least two weeks before the end of the quarter for credit.

    • Assessments - 30%
      • Includes short multiple choice/matching quizzes each week
      • There will not be any large end-of-unit tests this year
      • Submitted through Canvas
      • Two attempts
    • Assignments - 30%
      • Includes all projects (Sit spots, discussions, homework, drawings/diagrams, etc.)
      • Homework has two attempts - due before Day 1 of class each week
      • Submitted through Canvas
      • Editing and re-writes available
    • Writing - 30%
      • Includes all written assignments (hypotheses, CERS, experiment conclusions, etc.)
      • Submitted through Canvas
      • Editing and re-writes available
    • Professionalism - 10%
      • Are you prepared for class? Do you ask questions? Do you communicate respectfully? This could include a respectful email letting me know you cannot make a virtual class.

    Accommodations: Students will receive the appropriate accommodations during virtual class. Accommodations must be specified in IEP/504. This is not a complete list, as accommodations are adapted to individual needs. 

    • Individual or small group instruction
      • On Fridays, I will hold small group work sessions. These will change throughout the year. Office hours is another good time to get one-to-one instruction
    • Modify, model, repeat, rephrase directions / multimodal presentations of information 
      • Directions will include written words, images, modeling of directions, rephrasing, check for understanding, and repeat, rephrase when necessary
    • Provide copies of teacher notes 
      • Notes will be posted in Canvas at the beginning of the week.
    • Use multiple strategies for redirection  
      • Redirection includes but not limited to: pause and wait, timer for tasks, proximity, individual reminders, assigned task, review of CHAMP behavior expectations, change of seat, call home
    • Additional time for assignments
      • Additional time suggestions are no more than 1-2 days, assignments will be accepted up until 2 weeks before end of quarter
    • Modified/shortened assignments, limiting number of concepts learned
      • Modification evidenced in grading; rubric assignments receive an increase of 1 level, points-based receive fudge point of 1/4 total assignment. Shortened writing assignments accepted.   
    • Use of Chromebook for writing assignments
      •  All assignments due in Canvas using Chromebooks.
    • Text to speech or digitized text 
      • Use either THIS or THIS resource on assignments.
    • Use of visual organizers/ organization support 
      • Use Canvas "To Do", "Grades", "Calendar", and "Announcements" to track assignments; use personal device or Chrome book to take pictures of Week at a Glance/in-class materials, foldables in lab notebook used as study tool manipulatives
    • Peer support 
      • At teacher discretion student may be paired up for peer-to-peer tutoring
    • Open notes for quizzes/tests
      • lab notebook only
    • Testing: Individual or small group environment/change location within room or school 
      • upon request when we return to in-person classes
    • Testing: Extended time for assessments
      • When needed
    • Testing: opportunity to test/quiz orally
      • In a one-on-one setting, student will discuss exam questions with teacher or paraeducator and explain student thinking/reasoning