Mrs. Berbaum

 

Welcome to my website! Currently, CBF (and Mrs. Berbaum) are out of session for summer vacation.

This webpage provides some information about me and resources to inform you about what we are doing in class when school IS in session. School resumes for student orientation on Tuesday, September 5th, but feel free to browse my webpage in the meantime for information about my classes.

Use the subpages on the left to access detailed information and resources about a specific course.

Mrs. Berbaum

Berbaum

        About Me
    My name is Megan Berbaum, and I am one of Clara B. Ford Academy's science teachers! This year, I teach integrated science, including an integrated science class in our Rose Hall unit school. This is my fifth year of teaching and my fifth year at CBF. Born and raised in Michigan, I graduated from Pinckney Community High School in 2008. I went on to study secondary science and math education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (Go Blue!). I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 2012. I have been working at CBF ever since!

    In my personal life, I enjoy reading, baking, watching my favorite sports teams, and gardening. My husband and I have a lovable dog named Jake and a one-year-old daughter, Lily.

    My Classes -Overview
    Below you will find links to the syllabus for each of my classes. The syllabus includes behavior expectations, course learning goals, and information about grading and my prep times. Please visit the subpage for each course for more detailed information.

        Integrated Science Syllabus 2016-17

    In each of my classes, students are responsible for keeping track of their work using a manila folder provided for them. Students are expected to gather materials, including a pencil and their folder, at the beginning of class, and participate in daily activities, both for academic credit and for the health and happiness of the classroom environment.

    School wide Non-negotiables
    The following is a list of schoolwide policies that students are expected to adhere to on a daily basis:

Cell phones should be locked up.
Hallway passes needed during class periods.
Only approved food or drink consumed druing school hours.
Teacher's desk, chair, cell phone, laptop, and classroom phone are off limits to students.


Tutoring
Does your student need help? Here are some topics that you can tutor your student on to help them be more successful in class:

  • Using the metric system (which units measure mass, distance, and volume, converting between metric units, etc): In science, we collect a lot of data using the metric system. The more familiar students are with these units, the more confident they will be in their work. Click here for a sample of metric lesson resources.
  • Writing in complete sentences and giving deeper explanations when writing short answers: Students will be writing lab reports which requires thorough responses and explanations. Have students practice writing clear instructions and give them feedback to write better. Students should be comfortable reading their writing aloud and revising, as needed.
  • Creating clear and organized graphs: Science often uses graphs to represent data in a clear and concise way. Help student practice creating bar, line, and plot graphs with titles, labels, and scales that make sense for the data being displayed. Find graphing teaching resources here.


    Contact Me
    My coaching period is during lunch times (10:36am-12:13pm). I am also occasionally available before/after school if it is arranged ahead of time.

    If you wish to contact me, you may call the school, email me, or select "Contact Me" which is located on the left of your screen under my name. Please leave the following: your name, the class your student is in and the student's name, your email address, as well as your question/comment. If you do not have an email address, please leave your phone number in the question/comment section.

    Upcoming Events
    Stay tuned for more science events!

    See the school wide calendar for scheduled breaks and school wide activities.