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Comprehensive 6th Grade Science Quarter 1 - Teacher of The Year Instructor (Sections can be taken in any order)

Science is so much fun. This 8 week course covers the first 4 of 16 units comprising sixth grade science (Biotic / Abiotic, Water Purification, Water Cycle, Soil Erosion).
Hiram Bertoch
13 total reviews for this teacher
New class
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a β€œMulti-Day” course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue Sep 6

Sep 6 - Oct 25 (8 weeks)
2pm - 2:45pm
5 learners enrolled
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Class Experience

I can write a paragraph summarizing how biotic and abiotic factors combine to affect the environment, including predators and prey.

I can design and build and then improve my own water filter that cleans water.

I can develop a model showing how nutrients are recycled through the environment.  My model must include carbon, nitrogen, and water. 

I can design and build a solution to help prevent soil erosion. 
I have a bachelors degree in earth science (geology, oceanography, astronomy).
I have a masters degree in biology.
I have a another masters degree in instructional design (building high quality courses)
I was teacher of the year in my school district.
I helped write the national science standards that are now adopted and used around the United States.  As well as contributed to the standards in several foreign nations.  
I used to own the largest online science for kids company in the world, which I sold back in 2013.  We had the highest trafficked websites for astronomy, biology, geology, geography, dinosaurs, and chemistry up until the time this company was folded into another and re-branded.  
I am well known in education and science circles, and a leader who has trained thousands of science teachers to be more engaging and fun.  
Each mastery badge includes two weeks of material that will take your student approximately 30 minutes a day (five days a week) to complete.  When we meet in person, I will go over instructions, and be available to discuss the various assignments as well as to walk students through how to complete the hands on labs.  

Lectures are provided via video, in order to allow your student to pause, rewind, and rewatch at their own pace.   
Some supplies will be necessary to complete the hands on labs. However to make it easy, these supplies are almost always already in your home. Those that are not are readily available at any local department store.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Let's be honest here.  Grades are stupid and meaningless.  They tell us almost nothing.  Too often, they are just a measurement of busy work, rather than a measurement of actual learning.  What is an A in one teacher's class may be a C in another.  
Given their arbitrary nature, I do not believe in letter grades.

In my classes, we will be focusing instead on mastery.  What we care about is strictly whether or not you master the content.  The way you master the content is be earning a Mastery Badge.  To earn each mastery badge, you must get a 3 or a 4 on the Mastery Badge Quiz.  A 3 means that you mastered the content, while a 4 means that you exceeded expectations.

If you get a 1 or a 2, it is no big deal.  It doesn't mean that you failed, it just means that you need more time to prepare.  A 1 means that you are just beginning your journey while a 2 means that you are almost there.  This is how learning works.  You don't fail learning unless you give up!  You will have as many tries as you want to pass each mastery badge quiz.  
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
We will be using a number of outside website as we research these topics together.  These include Newsela, Nearpod, Kahoot, and many others.


Hiram Bertoch
Lives in the United States
Former Teacher of The Year (Offering Hands On Science Classes)
13 total reviews
14 completed classes

About Me

Hi guys, my name is Hiram Bertoch.  I am a science teacher from Utah, who currently lives in West Virginia.  I love teaching science because science is so much fun!  During my career, I have worked on the national and international level, playing...Β 
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