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  1. Back to School Night 2010-2011 Mr. Jerry C. Diaz SLMS Room 103, Mod 7

  2. Welcome to Back to School Night! • Mr. Jerry C. Diaz • 8th Grade Language Arts, Team 8-1 • Springton Lake Room 103, Mod 7 • (610) 627-6500 x.4387 • jdiaz@rtmsd.org

  3. Personal Background • Educational Background • B.A. English- Muhlenberg College, May 2001 • M.A.Ed.- Gratz College, August 2010 • Professional Background • 9th & 11th Grade English- Penncrest High School, August 2001- April 2002 • 8th Grade Language Arts- Springton Lake Middle School, April 2002- present

  4. Professional Responsibilities • Building Coordinator- Language Arts Department • 7th Grade Girls Basketball Coach • Converting SLMS to the Diaz family

  5. Classroom Rules (student-derived) • Respect for Each Other • Theft • Vandalism • Respect for Classroom • Condition of Books • Condition of Furniture • Condition of Supplies • Teacher/Teachers

  6. Homework Guidelines • Roughly 15 minutes/night per subject (when assigned) • Workbook exercises • Readings • Essays/compositions • Take-home quizzes • Long-term projects

  7. Homework, cont’d. • Long-term projects are chunked for all students • No surprise or “pop” quizzes- advance notice is always given • Homework board is used to help model planning for students • Extra copies of worksheets/rubrics are available on my website and HAC

  8. Grading Policy • Five categories • Homework x1 • Quizzes, Tests, Essays x2 • Long-term Projects x3 • All categories balanced in final average calculations • Homework assignments are graded as quickly as possible • HAC up-to-date within a week

  9. Assessment Theory • Differentiated Assessments • Essays • Traditional Tests • Performance Projects • Cooperative Projects • Learning Centers • Student Choice • Key is Demonstrated Understanding

  10. Educational Strategies • Differentiated Instruction- approach lessons in a variety of ways to ensure all students can learn • Cooperative Learning- students are grouped and work together to accomplish a common objective • Direct Instruction- lesson objectives are clearly labeled at the outset and are checked off as they are accomplished

  11. Grouping Theories • Peer Critiquing of Compositions • Literature Circles • Teams for Long-Term Projects • Peer Instruction • Jigsawing of a Reading • Home Groups (using overall grades/ability)

  12. Curriculum Highlights • Selected Readings: • October Sky • All Things Great and Small • Watership Down • Flowers for Algernon • King Lear • Henry V

  13. Curriculum Highlights • Grammar • Spelling Lists- focusing on common Greek and Latin roots • Reading Skills and Analysis • Formal and Informal Writing Assignments

  14. Contact Information • jdiaz@rtmsd.org • (610) 627-6500 x.4387 • Homework Hotline- x1603 • Website: www.rtmsd.org • Select Springton Lake Middle School • Select Teachers • Select Mr. Jerry Diaz

  15. Thanks, and keep in touch!