WELCOME TO THE MIDDLESCHOOL MULTI-GRADE CLASSES 2019-2020


Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit the  class website for unique learners . I teach  multi-grade classes ( 6th, 7th and 8th) in Reading, English/Language Arts ( E/LA ), Study Skills, and Technology.
 I follow the same curriculum as the other teachers~the two main differences are in the area of delivery of instruction and the academic pacing. I provide  small group direct instruction with repetition. My teaching strategies involve breaking down a particular concept or skill into simpler, more achievable discrete steps. In other words, I teach a skill in "chunks" via direct instruction. After lots of  repetitionproceed to  build on that foundation. This is also known as "scaffolding". In my 30+ years of teaching grades K-12, I have found that a lot success can be attained by "chunking" the concept or skill and building on it .
In the areas of experiential learning, I take nothing for granted. I do not assume student attainment of prior knowledge of any academic concept or skill. I believe that there are things which can be acquired independently; I just don't skip a step in a lesson because I assume everyone already knows it.  I also do not assume that every  child has already acquired the skills to accomplish independent study.
However, it IS taught and practiced. The gradual transference of responsibility from teacher to student often takes a long time. And often it might not be the level of independent responsibility expected. But SOME aspects of independence are  attainable.

GRADING POLICY AND SCALE
Class assignments and participation, homework, quizzes and tests will cumulatively compose the grade. A classroom rubric is also used.

            A = 90-100                    
            B = 80-89
            C = 70-79
            D = 60-69
            F = 59 and below

CURRICULUM
  In addition to the curriculum being used by the other middleschool teachers for reading ( "Plugged Into Reading" by Dr. Janet Allen ) and writing ( "Mirrors And Windows: Connecting With Literature" by EMC Publishing ),  I also use the Rigby "FocusForward" curriculum, "Great Leaps( Kenneth Campbell),  "Achieve3000", an online differentiated intructional program and "JOURNEYS" ( Houghton MIfflin Harcourt ). Braille students utilize "Building On Patterns[BOP]; A Braille Literacy Program"
(by  Eleanor Pester, Betty Moderess).  I also use Cpalms( "Collaborate, Plan, Align, Motivate, and Share") an on-line resource provided by the Florida Department of Education (DOE). One of the resources utilized is for Study Skills.
An online standards based  program, the "Unique Learning System" or  " n2y ",  website provides access to Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards through access points and the Common Core Standards. The website presents instruction in the content area of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  It enables teachers to develop, deliver differentiated instruction, and manage  online learning. Progress can be monitored through monthly benchmarks. 
 There will be lots of  interaction as I assess and review, all essentially to determine where a new student is currently performing academically and socially.    

EXPANDED CORE CURRICULUM
There are nine  specific areas of skills which are taught to visually impaired students in order that they are able to successfully participate in school, work, and life. These areas are: recreation & leisure skills, orientation & mobility skills, self determination or self-advocacy skills, compensatory skills, sensory efficiency skills, social interaction skills, career education,  use of assistive technology(examples: laptops, VictorStream Readers, Tablets) and independent skills. You can find further information about these on CPALMS (www.cpalms.org) under "unique skills" .The CPALMS website displays the Florida Standards in grades pre-k to 12. 

CLASSES

1000010 M/J Intensive Reading
7810012 M/J Language Arts
783090   Study Skills: 6-8
7863080 Expanded Core Competencies (especially technology)



UPCOMING  NEWS

FSDB Registration And Open House Sunday, August 11.

The 2019-20 school year begins Monday, August 12. 

Monday, September 2  NO SCHOOL(Labor Day Holiday)

Monday, November 25-Friday, Nov. 29  THANKSGIVING BREAK

Monday, December 23-Friday, January 3  CHRISTMAS BREAK

Friday, May 29  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL


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