School Year: 2016-2017
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! With a combination of motivation, enthusiasm, a quality work ethic and a good sense of humor our 10 month journey together will be a successful one. Have no fear your English teacher will be here to help you throughout the year!
Parents and students are encouraged to visit this website anytime. This is where lesson plans will be posted for those who miss class, and handouts, with directions and requirements, can be accessed. Although I will provide a printed copy of these handouts initially, the handout hoodlum tends to go into certain students' notebooks and steal their copies, so this is where another copy can be accessed should the hoodlum perform its criminal act.
If anyone needs to contact me, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 609-597-9486 x-2009. Leave a message and I will answer your call as soon as possible.
Objectives for attaining the goal of having a successful year:
1. Attendance. Absences result in lack of knowledge and the lack of knowledge results in low or failing grades. Lessons are 42 minutes, and therefore, valuable content is discussed in class that doesn't get repeated, so a student's presence is important. Besides academics, be mindful that attendance records are a reflection of a person's character for acceptance into clubs, sports, college and employment. If you want acceptance, you have to earn it!
2. Participation. Besides being a part of your marking period grade, participation by students relieves the boredom of listening to a teacher lecture for 42 minutes. A teacher is a facilitator who generates a class discussion, but then should be maintained by the students in a productive manner. This not only proves that the content is being understood, but also makes the discussion more interesting and helps to clarify the concepts being exposed in the literature.
3. Preparedness. In order to participate in class, students must be prepared to do so. This is accomplished by paying attention in class daily, making an effort to understand what is being read, attempting to interpret, using skills being requested, and completing class assignment and/or homework. Sitting in a class expecting to be hand-fed all the information is ineffective and students will not learn using this process. Be a supporter not a bystander...meaning, support the discussion rather than just listening and watching.
4. Discipline. Discipline comes in many forms and in this case it relates to all responsibilities; however, school is a priority for teens...it is your primary responsibility... your job! Without an education, life will be difficult, and therefore, students must discipline themselves to work hard yet have fun. This is accomplished by using quality time management skills. Manage time so the work gets done and the sport gets played. Using lunch/study hall period, or while riding on the bus to a game, to complete work is better than socializing and putting it off until late at night when an athlete is totally beat! Also, when things are truly overwhelming, be your own advocate by respectfully meeting with a teacher and asking for an extension on a project. Maybe there is a tournament all weekend and access to a computer is impossible...make arrangements ahead of time. However, if a paper and pen assignment is due, get it done to the best of your ability during the breaks. Not trying to complete assignment is a POOR option!
5. Responsibility. All students must take responsibility for behavior and attitude...words, actions and lack of. When having a bad day, deal with it respectfully to avoid bigger problems. It's okay to have a bad day...we all do, but avoid taking it out on other people, adults as well as peers. Words and actions cannot be retracted, so make smart choices. See an adult if emotions are spiraling out of control. Also, students are responsible for their grades... earning and keeping track of them. Ignoring status does not constitute a emergent need to try to bring it up the last week of a quarter. Know where you stand daily in each class.