EXECUTIVE STRATEGIES: 

Gainesville Middle SchoolINTERDISCIPLINARY LANGUAGE ARTS

Ms. Dawn Rutland  Room:Hawk Haven #3 school email: rutlandn@pwcs.edu

 

The goal of this course is to assist students in preparation for high school and beyond, by planning to achieve continued academic success as students depart the wonderful middle school years. The core components of this class include, but are not limited to:  Personal Organizational Skills/Strategic Planning and Test-taking Protocol, Notetaking and Introduction to Pre-Virtual High School, Vocabulary Acquisition and Pre-SAT Preparation, Individualized Student- Centered Career Research, Leadership Development through Teaming Dynamics, Public Speaking and Communication Networking.Classroom assessments will include both traditional and non-traditional learning activities, assignments, projects, quizzes, and some fun.  NINETY- FIVE %  OF OUR WORK IS DONE IN CLASS.

 

 

SUPPLIES

Students are required to have the necessary supplies. After the first week of class, students who are unprepared with work, materials or supplies MAY receive a “U” in “Work Habits” for the Interim or report period.

-You may share this class with a binder from another class.  This should help your child to arrive to class on time.

 -ONE of the following: colored pencils, or a set of markers, or a box of crayons

-At least 1 black Sharpie marker

 

GRADEBOOK:

To ensure that students have the opportunity to reflect on HOW they learn best:

-Some assignments entered into the gradebook on a delayed time frame,to allow for initial student mastery rather than multiple retakes, and to promote a student understanding of the personal time management necessary to complete quality work during each step of an assignment or project.

 

GRADING--  95% of weekly grades are weighted at the 10 %  and 5% grades are weighted at 90%

- MORE THAN AMPLE TIME IS GIVEN FOR ALL WORK TO BE COMPLETED IN CLASS

-Assignment requirements are thoroughly explained and broken down by task,

so that students understand what is expected, and a grading scale (rubric) is provided for each assignment.

-Many of the assignments have audio accompaniment to assure that each student has the opportunity to ingest material more than once if needed or absent

-Classwork is worth 1 grade per day of work or per task--Tests are worth 2 grades

RETAKE POLICY for Executive Strategies

ABSENCE FOR SHORT TERM ILLNESS/SCHOOL FUNCTION

-Students who are absent should approach me to indicate that they have returned and proactively inquire regarding what was missed.

A mutually agreeable timeline will be established for the submission of the missed work

 

ABSENCE FOR TRAVEL/LONG TERM ILLNESS

-My assignments can usually be emailed to both parent and student.     

                                                              

ABSENCE FOR BEING PRESENT PHYSICALLY, BUT NOT WORKING

-Students who prefer not to work during the time that the assignment is taught to the class, may retake the concept behind the assignment, however, they may not complete the exact same assignment.  It is unfair to their peers.  I usually have prepared 3 assignments which address each topic.  In addition, I may ask the student to design a lesson with my approval and parent signature, which will address the same content deliberately avoided.  I feel that this method is fair to all involved.

 

CLASSROOM/WORKPLACE EXPECTATIONS

  1. Students will enter room (on time), and report to their work stations to prepare themselves to begin the Lesson of the Day without being prompted, ie:(student at desk, seated in an upright position, writing utensil ready, binder present, prior work needed to complete current assignment, new paper out, and properly headed)
  2. Students will not speak while any adult or facilitator is speaking.
  3. Students will curtail (limit)communication to members within their work groups.
  4. Students will maintain vocal levels which do not exceed whispering while working, if talking is necessary.

     

  5. Students will comply to a reasonable request within 10 seconds without verbal dispute.
  6. -Preparation:

 

“LIFEWORK” formerly known as homework:

Homework has been renamed due to our extremely rigorous lifestyles.

Lifework is not given, however, work which requires additional personal time may require further attention away from the classroom

 

 

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ATTITUDE

A good attitude is extremely important.  Because my students are 8th graders, they have learned many ways of doing their academic work.  I may allow them to use prior methods of learning, and or may add to what they already know.  Attitudewill be important in the application of everything that is learned.

 

DISCIPLINE

The following forms of discipline will be used in the classroom to maximize optimum learning and minimize disruption.  Parents will usually be contacted in one of the following ways: phone or email

I also acknowledge and reward positive classroom behaviors, and provide opportunities to develop leadership.

 

Strategy 1:

Students will learn strategies for organizing materials, and develop personalized systems of organization

-Comply with proper use of the agenda

-Develop systems for organizing papers, remembering books, and maintaining supplies

-Organize desk, locker, backpack, notebooks, etc.

-Design own “study space”

 

Strategy 2:

Students will practice various forms of notetaking, and identify those forms that are most effective for various learning styles and coursework.

-Generate various forms of note taking:

Strategy 3:

Students will be encouraged to read for enjoyment by reading 10 minutes each day as an in-class warm-up

-To acquire additional personal vocabulary, leading better comprehension and word usage

-To develop a habit of reading, which is a necessary tool in every profession in society

-Increase and enhance reading stamina which will assist in test comprehension-and performance s

 

Strategy 4:

Students will explore their social and academic roles within the classroom, and describe how to participate effectively in the classroom setting, and how these strategies transfer into success in high school, college and the workforce

-Differentiate between hearing and listening

-Identify advantages of good listening

-Practice attentive listening strategies

-Practice academic networking, teamwork and conflict resolution

 

Strategy 5:

Students will identify resources to assist them with their studies and techniques to improve their memories

-Identify and use reading aids in written form (glossary, index, captions, etc.)

-Practice strategies for reading

-Use chunking and rehearsal strategies for remembering information

-Properly use reference materials and tools for studying (thesaurus, Internet, encyclopedias, etc.)

 

RESEARCH SKILLS:

-Students will conduct 95% of their research in class.

-An Imaginary Professional Resume’ will be created by each student

-Pre-Professional, Career, and Business protocol will be covered and interwoven through learning targets

 

Virginia Standards Of Learning for this course include, but are not limited to:

-Clarify Information Needed (SOL 8.5A)       -Indentify and Properly Use Parts of Speech (SOL 8.8)

-Access and Retrieve Resources (SOL 8.7)

-Evaluate Available Resources (SOL 8.6)

-Analyze and Synthesize Information (SOL 8.6)

 

PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS REGARDING YOUR CHILD.  I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR ONGOING COMMUNICATION!!!!