Welcome to English 7 and English 8! My daily schedule is below. If you need to reach me, please call during my prep hour or study hall.
Middle School Schedule
Hour 1 8:05-8:47 English 8
Hour 2 Teacher Prep Period
Hour 3 9:37-10:19 English 7
Hour 4 10:23-11:05 English 8
Homeroom/Lunch 11:09-11:30; 11:34-11:54
Hour 5 11:57-12:39 Study Hall
Hour 6 12:43-1:25 Yearbook
Hour 7 1:29-2:11 English 8
Hour 8 2:15-2:57 English 7
Please note: I do NOT allow cell phones in my classroom. Confiscated phones will be held until 3:00. It will be the student’s responsibility to come in at 3:00 to retrieve their phone. All online activities and exercises are accessible via laptops.
Headphones and ear buds are also banned, with the exception of study hall use ONLY if ALL work is complete and student is passing ALL classes. Confiscated headphones and ear buds will be held in my room until parents come to retrieve them.
This year begins a heavy-duty emphasis on writing for both grades.
Students will keep a writing portfolio in class. This is used as a tool for improvement. Portfolios will be shared during conferences, but are not allowed to be taken home or out of the room. Parents may request copies at any time. From time to time, students are encouraged to ‘look back’ and compare before/after lesson writing examples. In this way, I hope they can see their own growth and be proud of their accomplishments.
I will also have students working in class and online with various grammar sites as they brush up on their writing. They can access these sites using their computers. We have an occasional “Chill and Quill” day, but otherwise all practice is to be completed in study hall or as homework.
Quill.org will be used weekly for assignments starting in September. Students will receive a new assignment on Monday; those assignments are due by Friday at 3:00. (Assignments will be due by 3:00 on Thursdays the 3rd, 5th, and 7th weeks of the quarter in order to determine eligibility in after-school activities/sports.)
My goal as a teacher is to encourage students to be creative, read, and think.
The following sites are utilized in my class, along with others we may discover along the way. Feel free to explore:
For Classroom Vocabulary:
https://www.sadlierconnect.com/@532261 (Go to Student and Family Resources, Vocabulary Workshop, then Level B or C for 8th graders once they complete B)
To build vocabulary: vocabulary.com
Feel free to contact me with questions/concerns/comments, either at my phone extension or via email.