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Welcome to the 2020- 2021 school year.
In our class, we will meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities we will find in virtual learning.
All of my course content for Earth and Space science and for Physics is accessed through the "LMS"- Learning Management System called BLEND. Please use the portal at https://portal.austinisd.org to log into mine and all of your teachers' courses using the BLEND tile. ( there is more information below if you need help)
When [science] gets complicated, that's usually because the world is complicated--or because we're complicated. When we shy away from it because it seems too difficult (or because we've been taught so poorly), we surrender the ability to take charge of our future. We are disenfranchised. Our self-confidence erodes.
But when we pass beyond the barrier, when the findings and methods of science get through to us, when we understand and put this knowledge to use, many feel deep satisfaction. This is true for everyone, but especially for children--born with a zest for knowledge, aware that they must live in a future molded by science, but so often convinced in their adolescence that science is not for them. I know personally, both from having science explained to me and from my attempts to explain it to others, how gratifying it is when we get it, when obscure terms suddenly take on meaning, when we grasp what all the fuss is about, when deep wonders are revealed.- Carl Sagan, The Demon Haunted World: Science As a Candle In the Dark.