8 Blue English Language Arts
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Welcome to 8 Blue English Language Arts! I am looking forward to having a great year with you!
Classroom Environment: In this classroom, we are all important members of the classroom community. In order for important learning to happen, it is crucial that we all follow the guidelines created as a class, and all work to maintain a respectful, safe, and productive classroom environment.
Standards: You will be assessed using the following standards:
Cooperative Learning: This year, you will develop strong cooperative learning skills. You will be participating many cooperative learning activities throughout the year. It is important for everyone in the classroom community to follow the classroom guidelines in order for cooperative learning groups to function effectively.
Home-Learning Assignments: Expect to have some homework in Language Arts every night. You will have reading and annotating, writing, long-term assignments, and other work to do at home. The purpose of home-learning is to develop the skills we are working on in class. If a home-learning assignment is given to you, it is meaningful; I will never give you something to do at home that does not have a purpose. If you don’t do the work, not only will your learning suffer, but also you will not be able to be a part of the classroom activities and you will be letting down your cooperative learning group.
Extra Help: I am available for help Monday afternoons from 2:30-3:15. Please let me know that you will be coming by Monday morning so that I am expecting you. If that time doesn’t work, please talk to me and we will make other arrangements. From time to time, if I sense that you need extra help, I may take you aside and suggest a time for us to work together. I want everyone to have a successful year in Language Arts!
Absence: If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to make up the work you missed. If you are absent, follow this procedure:
1. Ask a friend what you missed
2. Get any handouts from Google Drive or from the “Extras” folder on the bulletin board
3. Check in with me to
*Show me work that needs to be checked off
*Schedule a time to take a missed assessment
*Determine a due date for the work you missed
Retake Policy: You can improve your scores on any summative assessments or major writing pieces. To improve scores, you need to meet with me during one of the provided meeting times to go over what you need to work on. Revisions and improved work must be done by the set revision due date, typically within one week.
Overall, I expect that we will follow these procedures as well as the classroom guidelines. I am looking forward to having a great year, and I hope you are too!