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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:
    • Students in Soundings can participate in the following 8th grade activities/classes:
      • Electives
      • Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Distaffs, Chorus
      • Sandy Hill
      • Dorney Park
      • Fall, Winter and Spring Sports
8 th grade schedule 2010 2011
8th Grade Schedule: 2010-2011
  • 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
  • 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
soundings specific 2
Soundings “Specific” #2:
  • Soundings is a democratic classroom based on curriculum integration.
    • Consensus
    • English, Social Studies, Science
democratic classroom
Democratic Classroom:
  • Achieved through…
    • Community Building
    • Shared Experiences
    • Challenge Activities
  • Consensus:
    • Decisions that are made when everyone reaches an agreement.
curriculum integration
Curriculum Integration:
  • Traditional core subjects are addressed through units of study:
    • English
    • Social Studies
    • Science
  • Units of study are…
    • Significant to students.
    • Significant to the world around us.
soundings specific 3
Soundings “Specific” #3:
  • Soundings students create their own units of study/curriculum.
  • Soundings students develop their own projects and presentations.
units of study
Units of Study:
  • Unit Building Step #1:
    • Students write down questions that interest them.
  • Unit Building Step #2:
    • Analyze questions and develop possible themes.
  • Unit Building Step #3:
    • Incorporate Radnor and Pennsylvania State Standards.
soundings units 2010 2011
Soundings Units 2010-2011
  • Unit 1: Culture
    • How and why have cultures changed over time?
    • Culture Project:
      • Italy Egypt
      • USA Japan
      • France Greece
      • Ireland Kenya
soundings units 2010 20111
Soundings Units 2010-2011
  • Unit 2: Human Body/Brain
    • What is the relationship between the brain, body and the environment?
      • Memory
      • Evolution/Development
      • Stimuli/Responses
      • Emotions
      • Diseases/Disorders
      • Genetics
      • Technology
      • Perception
soundings specific 4
Soundings “Specific” #4:
  • Soundings students do not receive grades.
    • Soundings students are assessed.
soundings assessments
Soundings Assessments:
  • All work is assessed through rubrics
    • Log Books
    • Reading Journals
    • Current Events
    • Lab Reports
    • Focus Papers
    • Projects/Presentations
    • Self Assessments
  • Feedback is detailed and personal.
    • More than just a letter grade or percent.
soundings myth 2
Soundings Myth #2:
  • Since Soundings kids do not have 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
soundings work1
Soundings Work:
  • Individual Research Projects
  • Focus Papers
  • Word Study (a.k.a. – Spelling)
  • Coffeehouses
  • Student-Led Conferences
  • Unit Study Research, Presentations and Projects
soundings myth 3
Soundings Myth #3:
  • Soundings students have no “structure” and the kids can do “whatever they want”.
soundings structure
Soundings Structure:
  • Daily Log Questions
  • Daily Class Discussions
  • Weekly Quotes
  • Bi-weekly Current Events
  • Bi-weekly Self Assessments
  • Bi-weekly Word Study units
  • Log Book and Reading Journal checks
  • Individual Research Project checks
soundings myth 4
Soundings Myth #4:
  • If you are in Soundings, you will not be prepared for high school.
soundings at rhs
Soundings at RHS:
  • G.P.A. of 2010-2011 Ninth Graders:
    • Soundings Students vs.

The rest of 9th Grade

      • First Semester GPA of former Soundings students: 3.56
      • First Semester GPA of the rest of the 9th grade: 3.26
soundings is
Soundings is…
  • A classroom where…
    • Students make their own decisions.
    • Students develop self-discipline and independence.
    • Students improve time management and organization.
    • Students focus on quality of their work.
    • Students connect their learning to the world around them.
soundings is1
Soundings is…
  • A classroom where…
    • Students challenge themselves to step out of their “comfort zone” and try something new.
    • We learn how to learn!
    • We all become a “family”.
    • We have FUN! 