Sean McCaffrey – Science Teacher

Guiding Principles for the Science Classroom

  1. Maintain or enhance self-esteem and self-confidence. Demonstrate respect towards others.
  2. Listen and respond with empathy. Seek to fully understand before evaluating or judging.
  3. Ask for help and encourage involvement. Learn by being and doing.
  4. Be prepared to learn. Be in the right place, at the right time with the right materials and a mind ready to explore and learn.
  5. Act in accordance with the rules of the school. School rules and policies must be followed in and outside of this class.
  6. Have fun learning! Learning is not a chore; it is a gift that can be fully enjoyed in a safe, orderly environment.

With a proper learning environment, each science course will focus on specific embedded content as well as the overlying Science Themes and Practices as follows:

Comprehending Scientific Presentations

Investigating Design (Experimental & Observational)

Reasoning from Data

Evaluating Conclusions with Evidence

Working with Findings

Expressing Scientific Information

Scientific Theories, and

Probability and Statistics.

A list of science courses with descriptions is available in the DCYF Alternative Education Program Course Catalog.