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Welcome to 8B English Mrs. Heldt. Back to School Night 2012. Welcome! Teaching Philosophy Goals for the Classroom So Far This Year… Theme / Curriculum Classroom Policies Parent Communication. Teaching Philosophy. Teach ‘how to think’, not ‘what to think’

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Back to School Night 2012

  • Welcome!
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Goals for the Classroom
  • So Far This Year…
  • Theme / Curriculum
  • Classroom Policies
  • Parent Communication
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Teaching Philosophy

  • Teach ‘how to think’, not ‘what to think’
  • Provide an in-depth, challenging, curriculum: differentiation for all abilities within the 8th grade curriculum
  • Set high expectations for quality of work
  • Provide opportunities to work in group settings
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Philosophy (cont.)

  • Integration allows for making connections between subjects = ‘Big Picture’
  • Engage in open-ended tasks which promote new ideas and open-ended thinking
  • Consistently analyze, synthesize, elaborate, create, and think critically (aloud and on paper!)
  • Prepare for the rigorous 9th grade curriculum
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Goals for the English Classroom…

Student work will reflect:

  • Original insights and interpretations
  • Development (using concrete details, text references, illustrations, support)
  • Sensitivity and precision of thought
  • Thorough preparation, revision and editing
  • Creative word usage, ideas, and imagination
  • Clear understanding of the purpose and limits of a given assignment
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So Far this Year…

8th grade students get to know themselves and each other through:

  • Writing
    • Letter to Me
    • Journal responses to “the Three Questions” and “The Bear That Wasn’t”
  • Discussing theme and characterization in Schooled
  • Creating identity charts
    • “The Bear That Wasn’t” by Frank Tashlin
  • Addressing the concept of identity & social justice in readings / Socratic discussion
    • “The Three Questions” (Tolstoy as interpreted by Jon J. Muth)
    • “The Bear That Wasn’t” (Frank Tashlin)
    • “Little Boxes” (Anthony Wright)
    • “The Cutting of My Long Hair” (Zitkala-Ša),
    • “Cheyanne Again” (Eve Bunting)
    • Enduring Wisdom (Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve)
  • Developing working definitions of the terms define, stereotype, ethnic group,prejudice, and discrimination
  • Introduction to Daily Grammar Practice (DGP)
  • Team building activities
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8th Grade Theme / Curriculum

Themes: “Identity” & “Social Justice”

(Cross-curricular content connected to History)

Novels

  • Gathering Blue
  • Call of the Wild
  • The Cay
  • The Diary of Anne Frank

Short Stories

  • Flowers for Algernon
  • Various selections from Prentice Hall Literature Series

Non-fiction Articles / Essays

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Curriculum Activities

  • Discuss reading strategies
  • Participate in Socratic discussions
  • Evaluate literature through writing/discussion
  • Develop high-level questions
  • Respond to fiction and non-fiction reading prompts
  • Write for a variety of purposes (academic and creative essays)
  • Debate
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Gradual Release of Responsibility Model

Student’s Learning Responsibility

Modeled

Shared

Guided

Independent

Response

Immersion

Demonstration

Response

Use

Expectations

I do,

you watch.

I do,

you help.

You do,

I help.

You do,

I watch!

Teacher’s Teaching Responsibility

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Communication

  • Online Grading enables you to monitor their weekly classroom progress
  • Web Page
  • E-Mail
  • Voice Mail Message
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How To Help Your ChildSTUDY HABITS / ORGANIZATION

  • If needed, check backpack after school and in the AM – “See it to believe it”
  • Encourage use of planner, binder, folder
  • Develop homework routine
  • Stress value of homework
  • Encourage problem solving
    • “I have too many activities.”
    • “I’ll see if I can get it done.”
  • Long term assignment planning
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ADVISORY PERIOD

  • A TIME…
  • To study
  • To communicate
  • To develop friendships
  • To develop social skills
  • To consider the future
  • A PLACE…
  • To receive help
  • To visit with friends
  • To work and play with others
  • To talk with an adult
  • To read for pleasure
  • PEOPLE
  • care about you
  • work as a team
  • help others
  • understand
  • and accept
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