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Welcome to. SOUNDINGS. What is Soundings?. SOUNDINGS. Definition #1 To explore or measure the depth/height Definition #2 To make an intentional noise, so as to be heard . Soundings Specifics & Myths. Soundings Specific #1.

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Welcome to

SOUNDINGS

soundings
SOUNDINGS

Definition #1

To explore or measure the depth/height

Definition #2

To make an intentional noise, so as to be heard

soundings specific 1
Soundings Specific #1
  • Students must elect to participate in the Soundings program with parent/guardian permission.
    • Lottery System
soundings myth 1
Soundings Myth #1
  • Soundings kids NEVER see their friends.
      • Math
      • Electives
      • Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Distaffs, Chorus, Musical
      • Sandy Hill
      • Dorney Park
      • Fall, Winter and Spring Sports and/or Clubs
8 th grade schedule 2011 2012
8th Grade Schedule: 2011-2012
  • Soundings
    • Advisory
    • Pd 1: Math
    • Pd 2: Elective
    • Pd 3: Elective
    • Pd 4: Soundings
    • Pd 5: Soundings
    • LUNCH
    • Pd 7: Soundings
    • Pd 8: Math/Soundings
  • Traditional Team
    • Advisory
    • Pd 1: Core Class
    • Pd 2: Elective
    • Pd 3: Elective
    • Pd 4: Core Class
    • Pd 5: Core Class
    • LUNCH
    • Pd 7: Core Class
    • Pd 8: I/E
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Soundings Specific #2
  • Soundings is a democratic classroom based on curriculum integration.
democratic classroom
Democratic Classroom
  • Consensus
    • Decisions that are made when everyone reaches an agreement.
          • Community Building
              • Challenge Activities
curriculum integration
Curriculum Integration
  • Units of study are…
    • significant to students
    • integrate traditional core subjects
            • English
            • Social Studies
            • Science
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Soundings Specific #3

Soundings students…

  • create their own units of study/curriculum.
  • develop their own projects and presentations.
units of study
Units of Study

In building a unit of study, students…

  • write questions about topics that interest them individually
  • analyze questions and develop possible themes as a group
  • incorporate Radnor and Pennsylvania State Standards
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Soundings Units 2011-2012
  • Unit 1: Exploration

Three main topics of study:

    • Earth
    • Space
    • Water

Four Sub-topics:

    • Environment
    • Technology
    • Philosophy
    • Explorers
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Soundings Units 2011-2012
  • Unit 2: Culture
    • How/why are there different cultures?
    • How does the structure of a culture affect the people’s lives that are in it?
    • How/why have cultures changed/transformed over time?

Cultures studied:

Australia Jamaica

USA/Hawaii Scotland

Ireland Russia

Morocco Israel

Ancient Greece Finland

Ancient Egypt South Africa

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Soundings Units 2011-2012

Unit 3: The Brain

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Soundings Specific #4

Soundings students are assessed via rubric

  • Rubric
    • Narratives that have specific criteria
    • Feedback is detailed and personal
    • http://www.rtsd.org/Page/3724
soundings assessments
Soundings Assessments
  • Examples of student work assessed via rubric
    • Log Books
    • Reading Journals
    • Current Events
    • Lab Reports
    • Focus Papers
    • Projects/Presentations
    • Self Assessments
soundings myth 2
Soundings Myth #2

Since Soundings kids do not earn grades, they do no work.

soundings work
Soundings Work
  • Log Book
    • Daily Log Questions
    • Quote Responses
  • Reading Journal
    • 25 Book Goal/Validations
  • Literature Circles and Class Novels
  • Current Events
  • Lab Reports
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Coffeehouses

Focus Papers

Individual Research Projects

Word Study (Spelling/Vocabulary)

Student-Led Conferences

Unit Study Research, Presentations and Projects

Soundings Work
soundings myth 3
Soundings Myth #3

Soundings students have “no structure” and they can do “whatever they want”.

soundings structure
Soundings Structure
  • Daily Schedule
      • Log Question Discussions
      • Class Log
      • Independent and/or Group Work Time
  • Weekly Quote Responses/Discussions
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Soundings Structure

Bi-weekly Current Events, Self Assessments, Word Study units

Monthly Log Book and Reading Journal checks

Individual Research Project checks

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Soundings Myth #4

If you are in Soundings, you will not be prepared for high school.

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Soundings at RHS

First Semester GPA of the rest of the 9th grade:

3.26

First Semester GPA of former Soundings students:

3.56

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Soundings is…

A classroom where students…

  • make their own decisions.
  • develop self-discipline and independence.
  • improve time management and organization.
  • focus on quality of their work.
  • connect their learning to the world around them.
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A classroom where students…

challenge themselves to step out of their “comfort zone” and try something new.

learn how to learn!

become a “family”.

have FUN!

Soundings is…