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2014- 2015 Overview

  1. WELCOME TO 2014- 2015 SCHOOL YEAR! Ms. Berry 204 English Language Arts
  2. New School Policies and Procedures
  3. Lockers ▪ Locker Times – You only have permission to go to your locker at 8:00 am and 2:50pm. The 8th grade team will not be giving passes during the day to your lockers. ▪ Materials – You don’t have a Math, English or Science textbook that you need to carry with you everyday. You are expected to carry a notebook, independent reading book and all utensils with you for the duration of the day. Locker times are dictated by the 8th Grade Team teachers to assist in easy transitions. A locker has been assigned to you, then that locker may only contain your personal belongings that you do not wish to carry with you to class. Sharing is not permitted. Note: No 8th grade classrooms allow backpacks of any kind once lockers have been assigned.
  4. Uniforms ▪ Uniforms – Jackets, Hoodies and Backpacks are not allowed. That’s the rule. I don’t care who has seen you with it on, I don’t care who allows you to wear them. It’s the rule. You know the rule, I know the rule, and I follow the rules. I am going to expect that you follow them also. Each 8th Grade classroom teacher will be adhering to the uniform policy as per the Springfield Public School District. Please be sure to review it in detail.
  5. Room 204
  6. Literacy Focus The state uses seven literacy requirements to define students who are college and career ready. The students in this class and I will be striving to meet these requirements! 1. Students can be independent in their learning 2. Students build strong understanding of English Language Arts 3. Students can adapt their communication to an audience, task or purpose. 4. Students can read and listen- and also ask questions 5. Students use evidence when sharing their options of an oral or written text 6. Student utilize technology and digital media to enhance their reading 7. Students come to understand other perspectives and cultures The Daily Four Every classroom, everyday ▪ Listening - Teachers read something to student ▪ Reading- Students read something on their own ▪ Speaking- Students discuss their thinking/learning/text ▪ Writing - Students will write something
  7. Rule #1 Treat others the way they need to be treated! Being respectful means: 1. Raising your hand 2. Not talking over others 3. Listening actively 4. No name calling 5. Being on time Everyone has the right to be respected. It is my job to make sure that this environment is mentally and physically safe for everyone!
  8. Rule #2 Take responsibility for your words, actions, belongings, and work. Words If your language is offensive or inappropriate, CHANGE IT! SAY SORRY! Actions If you drop something, pick it up. If you bump into someone, apologize. If you hurt someone intentionally, be prepared for the consequences.Belongings Your belongings belong to you. Take care of them, don’t break, rip or throw them! Take them with you! Work Students are to be on task AT ALL TIMES and work to the best of their ability. This means you are to be working on whatever assignment is given with all of your concentration.
  9. If you choose to Break a Rule… ▪ First Offense: Verbal Warning and 3 grade points deducted from daily participation grade. ▪ Second Offense: 15 minute removal from class to complete problem solving and mediation contract (to be signed by two teachers and parent) ▪ Third Offense: Breakfast, Lunch, and Afterschool Detention. Written referral to office. ▪ Severe Disruptions: These will result in automatic removal by an administrator, with a written referral. Classroom time is learning time. If I give you specific directions, they are for the benefit and safety of all students in the classroom. I do not argue or negotiate.
  10. Class Rotations ▪ The Activator Students must have a lesson-based task to do as soon as they enter the classroom. The activator is a question or task springing from the unit’s work, written in the agenda, intended to focus students on the unit of instruction. The purpose is to draw them in, get necessary class materials on their desks, and engage their minds in the day’s content. ▪ The Mini Lesson A mini lesson, which follows the activator, is direct teacher instruction in the objective of the day. The teacher will explain what she wants the students to know and be able to do at the end of class. I will define the key word, concept, skill, or strategy and show the class several examples, modeling the outcome I expect. ▪ The Learning Activity The learning activity must give the students the intellectual experience they need to accomplish the lesson objective. Cooperative work is often superior to working alone. ▪ The Wrap Up The wrap up requires all students to say or write their learning from this lesson, bringing them back to the beginning – your lesson objective, what you wanted them to know or be able to do.
  11. Work ELA Daily Assessments:  Activator  Notes (occasionally)  Learning Activity  Wrap Up  Homework These are FIVE (5) ways to earn a good grade in this class on a daily basis! Make sure you are here everyday! If you are absent, you have SEVEN days (from the day you return) to turn in your work! You MUST make arrangements for before school, lunch, or afterschool to get your missing work. I cannot reteach the 20 minute lesson you missed in the time before class, after class, or passing you in the hall
  12. Work READ 180/ System 44 ▪ We may have to start each class with rotations first. ▪ Independent reading- During independent reading time you should be focused on reading a book 100 points above or below your Lexile. You may not communicate with your classmates at this time. You have an independent reading log to complete or a reading counts quiz. ▪ Software Time- Software time is 15 mins a day. ▪ Small group- Summarize, React and Writes and drafting will be done in writers notebook.
  13. Upon Entering Class each day…
  14. 1. Open your Agenda and write down the homework from the homework board. If there is no homework, you may write “No Homework” in the space provided. You still need to have an organized notebook and folder for ALL classes, and your backpack ready with a minimum of 3 writing utensils and any other required materials for school.
  15. 2. Check the Agenda board. Grab materials needed to complete the activator, Writer’s Notebook or a single sheet of white lined paper.
  16. 3.Put your Name and today’s date, and Activator at the top of your paper. Respond to the prompt on the board, independently.