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“ “Simply learning is not enough.” -unknown
and……. • create a collaborative, energy-charged environment in which risk-taking, failure, experimentation and inquiry all exist. • inspire creativity and innovation. • maintain high (outrageously)expectations. • model and support compassion.
“Employers are complaining that academic programs from schools to universities simply don’t teach what people need to know and be able to do. They want people who can think intuitively, who are imaginative and innovative, who can communicate well, work in teams and are flexible, adaptable and self confident.” - Sir Ken Robinson
An Effective Learning/Thinking Environment • Mutual respect • Clear, student-generated behavior expectations • Logical, consistent consequences • Noisy much of the time • Fun and Humor
Reading • Lots of it! • support areas of interest • Greater emphasis on non-fiction • Interaction with text • Not letting go of good literature • Depth and Complexity and Content Imperatives are emphasized • Reading Log
“For all our talk about the importance of higher-order thinking, we continue to overlook the fact that writing, linked to close reading, is the workshop of thought-with an almost miraculous effect on students’ critical thinking.”-Mike Schmoker
Writing • Across the curriculum • Goals • Clear, fluent communication • Writing what we really mean to say • Think Book • Process pieces • Emphasis on argument, informative/explanatory, narrative • Literature Circles • Writing practice • Response and creative writing • Rubric scored
Speaking • Happy it is back • Essential skill in the 21st century • Support at home • Eye contact, clear voice, complete sentences • Carries over into writing • In class • Frequent presentations • Formal and informal • One minute speeches
Mathematics • SpringBoard 7th Grade CCSS, UCI Math Project • Hands-on activities • Teaching for understanding • Looking for the Why • Communicating thinking
Standards for Mathematical Practice • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. • Reason abstractly and quantitatively. • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. • Model with mathematics. • Use appropriate tools strategically. • Attend to precision. • Look for and make use of structure. • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Possible Progression • 6th Grade • 7th Grade • 8th Grade • 9th Grade • 10th Grade • 11th Grade • 12th Grade • 7th Grade CCSS • 8th Grade CCSS • Algebra I • Honors Geometry • Honors Algebra II • Honors Pre-Calculus • AP Calculus (Ab or BC)
Acceleration in Middle School • Common Core Standards for Gr. 6-8 are comprehensive, rigorous, and non-redundant. Acceleration will require compaction and not the former strategy of deletion. • The previous models for acceleration will no longer be viable, so that critical concepts are not omitted and that the continuity of the mathematics learning progression is not disrupted.
Social Studies • Learning Teams – student driven learning • Long ago and far away…… • Chronological rather than isolated civilizations • Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, China, India, Greece, Rome • Connections, critical thinking • Text, other print resources, pictures, videos • Informational reading • Research • Connect to 2014-15 current events • Newspaper, CNN for Students
Science • Support of Mrs. Le Blanc’s instruction • Text, pictures, video • Informational reading • Note taking skills (preparing for middle school and beyond) • Science Fair or Rube Goldberg Project required • Online assessments with written component
P.E./Health • Integrated with 6th grade – social skills • Flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination • Exposure to sports • Proper attire • Sneakers • Light colored shirt • Girls- no skirts • Deodorant
Homework • Expect some struggle. It is what we want them to do. • Should not exceed 1 ½ hours a night including 30 minutes of reading • Meant to be a meaningful extension of the school day • Math is practice and thinking- quality over quantity • Students need a quiet place to study • Research tells us that students should change study environments when possible • What work is sent home?
Parents’ Roles • Value effort (Growth Mindset) • Model thinking • Proofread written work but please do not revise • Sign homework if student is struggling too much • Hugs and healthy treats • Monitor!
Late Assignments • Incomplete math homework • Homework Club during lunch • 5 late assignments in one subject, in one trimester, will mean a lower report card grade • A new trimester is a clean slate
APAAS Enrichment • Depth and complexity across the curriculum • Open ended questions (uncomfortable ambiguity) • Literature Circles/ Novel Studies • Research (…and lots of it!) • Math and Art • Service Learning- student driven • Addresses 21st century goals, authentic experience • The discussions we have every day all day
The Adolescent Child • Desires greater independence- Don’t take it personally. • The push/pull begins • Begin to seek own identity – goodbye baby self • Look to peers for approval • Stay positive or children can begin to seek negative attention • Recommended reading: Get Out of My Life! (But first can you take me and Cheryl to the mall?) by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D • Mindset byCarol Dweck • A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
Keys to Success • Participation – question, comment or answer • Willingness to make mistakes • Organization • Study skills – build self-discipline • Careful parent involvement
6th Grade is Special! • Leadership opportunities • Service Learning through Team Kids • Grecian Festival • CIMI- March • Fundraising • Payment schedule • Back Bay Bike Ride- May • Crystal Cove Beach Party
Class Website • Textbook access • General information • Special Events
Canvas • Student’s regular User and Password • Daily homework • Online assignments Calendar • Access documents • also Google Docs (Drive) • Links to educational sites • Homework Help (from peers and from Mrs.G)
BYODD (Bring Your Own Device Days) • Benefits • Access Edmodo in class which allows multimedia assignments and saves paper • Research • Responsibility • Security
School wide topics • PTA • Become a part of the Eastshore family • PTA is one of our greatest assets! • Volunteer Screening • Dress code