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Objective 2. Teaming in a Freshman Academy. Rigor-Relevance-Relationships. AHS Wildcat Express Team Design. RED TRAIN. GRAY TRAIN. English: Ms. Reynolds (T.L.) Math: Mr. Nagy Science: Ms. Stoute Social Studies: Mr. Gennaro. English: Ms. Fontenot Math: Ms. Sewell

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Objective 2

Teaming in a Freshman Academy

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AHS Wildcat Express Team Design

RED TRAIN

GRAY TRAIN

English: Ms. Reynolds (T.L.)

Math: Mr. Nagy

Science: Ms. Stoute

Social Studies: Mr. Gennaro

English: Ms. Fontenot

Math: Ms. Sewell

Science: Mr. Willis (T.L.)

Social Studies: Mr. Hamilton

75 students

75 students

3rd Hour Planning

5th Hour Planning

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9th/10th

Counselor

Other Staff Members

FRESHMAN

ELECTIVE TEACHERS

(common planning 2nd)

Principal

Assistant Principals

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Creating Freshman Academy Teams

  • One core subject teacher per team
  • Balance of experience, talent, and personalities
  • Common planning period
  • Scheduled “Train Meetings” every week
  • Teaching common set of students

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Responsibilities of Teachers on Teams

  • Distribute teacher workload among team
  • Collaborate on instruction and curriculum
  • Share interventions and student information
  • Divide train students to make initial phone contact with parents or guardians

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Responsibilities of Teachers on Teams

  • Write “I-Contracts” for Credit Recovery
  • Examine report cards, progress reports, and data from administration for each train student
  • Assign students to “Back on Track” mentoring program based on student data
  • Choose Freshman of the Month

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Connecting the Students and Parents

  • Have the same four core area teachers
  • Take separate electives
  • Common routines and procedures on train
  • Balanced ability levels across both trains
  • Students monitored by Train Teachers
  • Parent conference scheduling is simplified
  • Coursework integrated across train teachers
  • Students and parents identify with their train
  • Absent students need only talk to a train member for make up work
  • Freshman of the Month chosen by train
  • Friendly competition between train students

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Team Scheduling Challenges

  • Use of Jpams to group students heterogeneously based on past performance and electives selected
  • Balancing of “first time Freshman only” core classes
  • Offering enough electives during Train teachers’ planning periods
  • “Cross Train” students

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Other Team Challenges

  • Developing interventions and strategies to remove “excuses” for student failure
  • Teachers learning what it means to work as a team
  • Differences in teacher personality and motivation
  • Teacher agreement on common routines and procedures in the classroom
  • Increase in workload and time during planning period

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Freshman of the Month

5 Boys and 5 Girls nominated from each Train

One Boy and One Girl from each Train are selected from the nominees

AUGUST '06 FRESHMAN OF THE MONTH

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Nominees’ lockers are tagged and “goody bags” are given

Freshman of the Month receive Reward Passes, a T-shirt, PBS rewards, letter sent to parents

DECEMBER '06 FRESHMAN OF THE MONTH

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Common Routines and Procedures

ENGLISH

MATH

P.E.

SCIENCE

SOCIAL STUDIES

STUDY SKILLS

PLANNER USE

CHECK OUT POLICY

ABSENCE POLICY

TARDY POLICY

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ELECTIVE TEACHERS: HANDOUT PROCEDURES

TAUGHT THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL

REVIEWED DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR