What do students do in the Learning Center? And how are they graded?

The Learning Center meets every other day, with most class meetings running 80 minutes. The Learning Center is a "for-credit" class, meaning that students earn academic credit toward graduation if they successfully complete the course. As with all other classes, credit must be earned. Students earn credit for and are assessed on their performance in completing the following tasks:

1.) Maintaining a Planner/Assignment Notebook.

All students are required to record their assignments for each academic class (Math, Science, English, Social Studies, World Languages, Visual Arts, etc) in a Planner. Assignments may be recorded in a day planner or notebook, or on an electronic device.  Notebooks are available free of charge in the Learning Center. The following information must be recorded:
  • Any assignment that must be completed by the student for a grade.  This could include homework, quizzes, tests, labs, papers, projects, etc.
  • The due date must be indicated.
Students earn 2 points for a neatly, accurately, and thoroughly filled in Planner. We strongly suggest that students take a few seconds (literally - that's all it takes) at the end of each class period during the day to fill in their Planners. This task accounts for 20% of a student's overall grade.

A Planner / Assignment Notebook is required because it is critical that students know what assignments they are responsible for at all times. One of the leading causes of poor achievement is missing assignments, which result in a grade of zero. Zeroes destroy course grade averages, and multiple zeroes nearly always lead to failed courses. We want all of our students to know what is due in the short and long term, so that we can work together to complete assignments on time.

2.) To enhance math and basic numeracy skills, students are to complete 10-15 minutes of work in Khan Academy each day.

Khan Academy offers a self paced on-line mathematics program, intended to supplement regular instruction in Math. Research shows that practice is essential to building fluency with math skills. Content is customized based on each student's regular Math class.

Students earn 2 points, or 20% of the daily grade, for completing 10-15 minutes of Khan Academy work. Progress is tracked by staff both during class and also on-line.

3.) The majority of class time is to be spent completing work assigned in other classes.

Students are responsible for bringing work to class. In small groups (4 - 6 students), a Learning Center staff member will work directly with students to help them complete homework, prepare for quizzes and tests, plan and organize time and materials, etc. Part of this time will be spent one-on-one looking over each student's current grades and assignments. Students are expected to leave the Learning Center each day with at least some progress made on assignments from other classes and knowing what they should be working on in the near and long term.

Students may earn up to 3 points. Points are awarded based on actual student production and progress; maximum output results in the maximum score, while minimum output results in the minimum score. This task accounts for 30% of a student's overall grade.

This time can also be used to see other teachers for help or to make up work, provided that the teacher is free and willing to receive the student. Students must take a Learning Center pass with them, have the teacher verify in writing that the student was present and productive, and then return the signed pass to the Learning Center.

4.) Students are expected to be productively engaged in academic work for the entire period.

If students complete all work for other classes before the end of the period, they are required to complete at least 15 minutes of silent reading. Silent reading is strongly encouraged, and all students are required to bring a free-read book of their choice with them to class. The book must contain more text than pictures. Newspapers and magazines are out of bounds. Books are available free of charge in the school library, and all GAHS students may also request a free Gardiner Public Library library card from the school librarians. Students may earn 3 points (30% of the daily grade) by using the entire period productively. If students require re-direction frequently, or choose not to use the time for academics, they will receive fewer points. Consistent low scores in this area will result in a phone call or e-mail to parents, detention time after school, and/or possible removal from the program. There is currently a waiting list of students who can benefit from a seat in the Learning Center. We will not "carry" students who are unwilling to invest their best efforts while denying access to those who are.
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