Class Expectations

Homework Policy:

Students are expected to turn in homework on time. Homework is usually assigned on a weekly basis, which means that homework is assigned on Monday and due on Friday of that week. Students should spend an average of twenty minutes to one half hour every night on Language Arts homework (this includes time for Independent Reading and Individual Writing). I try not to give homework on the weekends. Please see google classroom for more information.

Writing:

Students are expected construct cohesive written narrative, informational, compare and contrast, and argumentative writing through the course of the year.  Students will draft, revise, edit, and compose a final copy.

Independent Reading:

Students are presented with the challenge to outgrow themselves as readers. Students should strive to read as much as they can. They will be reading novels for class, but they should also be reading books they choose on their own. Students will complete reading reflections every week and share with the class what they have been reading. Students are expected to complete activities and projects based on the lessons given in class using the core literature as a model. In other words, students are expected to apply the knowledge and skills learned through the core novel read to them in class to the class novel that they read independently. Students are expected to read 20 minutes every night.  

Individual Writing Project for 7th Grade:

Over the course of the year, students are required to complete an independent writing project of their choosing. This project is meant to enhance students’ writing skills through their own interests. They are encouraged to write in any genre of their choosing and about any topic. The idea of this project is for students to enjoy writing and think of themselves as independent writers.

L.E.A.P.

L.E.A.P. stands for “Learning Encounters for Advancing Pupils.” The word “encounters” stands out as the key component of this program. In the L.E.A.P. Program, students will encounter learning by developing problems based on their interest areas and solve those problems by actively doing and thinking individually and in groups rather than have an outsider tell them what to do and think. My role as the teacher will be to help guide the students to develop solutions to the problems and provide resources for them to solve the problems.

Most of this program is student led, so there is no set curriculum. There is a structure to the program, however, that is based on the “The Enrichment Triad Model” developed by Joseph Renzulli. This model is based on three different types of enrichment activities that are interconnected. Type one is general enrichment activities, type two is group training activities, and type three is individual and small group investigations of real problems. The L.E.A.P. Program is focused mainly on type three enrichment activities, but we will also spend time on type one and type two in order to aid our investigations in type three.

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