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Classroom Rules and Policy Sheet 8th Grade Social Studies

August 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Mr. Safranski’s 8th Grade Social Studies Classroom Policies

Classroom Conduct:

All school policies in the student handbook apply. In addition, I have the following classroom rules:

  • No inappropriate language
  • Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself
  • Respect the personal space and property of others
  • Stay in your seats until asked to do otherwise
  • Raise your hand to speak – do not interrupt others
  • Follow directions the first time
  • No complaining about learning requirements and student responsibilities

Violations of rules could result in a warning, special assignment, detention, parental contact or referral to the office depending on severity and frequency.

Social Studies Notebook:

Every student is required to have and to bring a spiral notebook dedicated to Social Studies every day to class. The notebook forms a record of what is learned, heard, read and discussed in each Social Studies unit. It is normal for a student to need a second notebook before the end of the year because the first one will be full. All students are required to take notes during lecture. Lecture slides are re-posted on the classroom blog after the lecture is finished for all classes and again at the end of the unit prior to the test.

Student Preparation, Grading System, Unit Tests:

All students are expected to arrive on time to class with all their materials and homework completed, ready to learn. The standard LJHS grading system applies (ie – 100-90% = A, 89 -80% = B etc.). Tests are announced 5-7 days in advance and a study guide for students is always provided.

Restroom Use/Hall Pass/IMC Pass:

Is a privilege allowed for reasonable use at reasonable times, not a “right”. The students who abuse it, will lose it.

Plagiarism:

Is academic misconduct and will result in a “0 %” F grade.

Smart Phones/Mobile Devices

Are not allowed to be used in class without permission including texting, recording video or audio, playing games, taking pictures, surfing the net or receiving calls and must be off or on silent.  Students will be given permission to use their smart phones for educational purposes at specific times.

Classroom Blog:

The LJHS Social Studies Blog can be found at the following URL : https://ljhs.wordpress.com/  or reached from the LJHS webpage.  The blog will have information on student project requirements, study guides, lecture slides, unit vocabulary and tests

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Student Signature_______________________________________________________________ (    / 13)

Parental signature_____________________________________________

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Classroom Policies Sheet

August 27, 2012 Leave a comment

This document will be sent home with the students for a parental signature.

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Mr. Safranski’s 8th Grade Social Studies Classroom Policies

Classroom Conduct:

All school policies in the student handbook apply. In addition, I have the following classroom rules:

  • No inappropriate language
  • Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself
  • Respect the personal space and property of others
  • Stay in your seats until asked to do otherwise
  • Raise your hand to speak – do not interrupt others
  • Follow directions the first time
  • No complaining about learning requirements and student responsibilities

Violations of rules could result in a warning, special assignment, detention, parental contact or referral to the office depending on severity and frequency.

Social Studies Notebook:

Every student is required to have and to bring a spiral notebook dedicated to Social Studies every day to class. The notebook forms a record of what is learned, heard, read and discussed in each Social Studies unit. It is normal for a student to need a second notebook before the end of the year because the first one will be full.

All students are required to take notes during lecture. Lecture slides are re-posted on the classroom blog after the lecture is finished for all classes and again at the end of the unit prior to the test.

Student Preparation, Grading System, Unit Tests:

All students are expected to arrive on time to class with all their materials and homework completed, ready to learn. The standard LJHS grading system applies (ie – 100-90% = A, 89 -80% = B etc.). Tests are announced 5-7 days in advance and a study guide for students is always provided.

Restroom Use/Hall Pass/IMC Pass:

Is a privilege allowed for reasonable use at reasonable times, not a “right”. The students who abuse it, will lose it.

Plagiarism:

Is academic misconduct and will result in a “0 %” F grade.

 

Classroom Blog:

The LJHS Social Studies Blog can be found at the following URL : https://ljhs.wordpress.com/  or reached from the LJHS webpage.  The blog will have information on student project requirements, study guides, lecture slides, unit vocabulary as well as general information or articles related to learning, education, history or the CCSD # 66 community.

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Student Signature_______________________________________________________________ (    / 12)

Parental signature______________________________________________________________________

Classroom Policy Sheet

August 26, 2011 Leave a comment

This was sent home today with the students.

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Mr. Safranski’s 8th Grade Social Studies Classroom Policies

Classroom Conduct:

All school policies in the student handbook apply. In addition, I have the following classroom rules:

  • No inappropriate language
  • Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself
  • Respect the personal space and property of others
  • Stay in your seats until asked to do otherwise
  • Raise your hand to speak – do not interrupt others
  • Follow directions the first time
  • No complaining about learning requirements and student responsibilities

Violations of rules could result in a warning, special assignment, detention, parental contact or referral to the office depending on severity and frequency.

Social Studies Notebook:

Every student is required to have and to bring a spiral notebook dedicated to Social Studies every day to class. The notebook forms a record of what is learned, heard, read and discussed in each Social Studies unit. It is normal for a student to need a second notebook before the end of the year because the first one will be full.

All students are required to take notes during lecture. Lecture slides are re-posted on the classroom blog after the lecture is finished for all classes and again at the end of the unit prior to the test.

Student Preparation, Grading System, Unit Tests:

All students are expected to arrive on time to class with all their materials and homework completed, ready to learn. The standard LJHS grading system applies (ie – 100-90% = A, 89 -80% = B etc.). Tests are announced 5-7 days in advance and a study guide for students is always provided.

Restroom Use/Hall Pass/IMC Pass:

Is a privilege allowed for reasonable use at reasonable times, not a “right”. The students who abuse it, will lose it.

Plagiarism:

Is academic misconduct and will result in a “0 %” F grade.

 

Classroom Blog:

The LJHS Social Studies Blog can be found at the following URL : https://ljhs.wordpress.com/  or reached from the LJHS webpage.  The blog will have information on student project requirements, study guides, lecture slides, unit vocabulary as well as general information or articles related to learning, education, history or the CCSD # 66 community.

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Student Signature_______________________________________________________________ (    / 11)

Parental signature______________________________________________________________________

Reminder to Students

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment
    For Tuesday, your note cards, bibliography and research planning document are due.

    You will receive your options for planning a presentation and have time to work as a group but not on individual research.

Creativity, Critical Thinking and Social Studies Content

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

I divide each Social Studies unit into content and conceptual mastery, analysis and creative interpretation because public education, has three core objectives:

1. To impart a body of knowledge and academic skills deemed valuable by society.

2. To teach the students to think analytically, critically and independently.

3. To render the students capable of discovering original insights and pursuing the discovery of new knowledge or invention.

The first goal  has been delved into depth by educational researchers and gurus like E.D. Hirsh of “Cultural Literacy” fame, Chester Finn, William Bennett, Diane Ravitch and others.  Depth in terms of high qualitative standards is the goal.

NCLB, by contrast, has put tremendous pressure on school districts to focus on test scores in a few basic subjects( Reading and Math) and decreasing the net amount of content in the whole curriculum ( across all subjects) by increasing the time spent on rote memorization exercises and skill-based drills. For NCLB “accountability” for “proficiency” not ” high standards” is the emphasis.

In my view, while we all need to be accountable for learning, a rich curriculum has to be part of the process if we are to help students prepare for the 21st century. Basic skills are a starting point, not an educational destination.

The second goal is reflected in what used to be termed ” liberal education” or “Great Books” programs or the upper tiers of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Schools do this less effectively across the nation but there is still a fair emphasis on eliciting critical thinking in public education, most of all in Honors and AP classes, gifted and talented classes  and special programs like and Paideia and International Baccalaureate. Colleges and universities, of course, are also intended to focus on liberal education but the degree to which this is true in practice has declined since the 1960’s.

The final objective, made possible by the teaching of creative thinking and synthesis to students, public education does not do well at all at present, here or in any industrialized nation, where measurable declines in the creativity and problem-solving abilities of k-12 students appear across the board. Some people even consider creative thinking to be inimical to mastering content or logical analysis; this is untrue. One cannot think creatively or engage in analysis without content knowledge and content is itself meaningless unless the student can effectively put it to use in the real world.

Content knowledge, critical thinking and creativity are like the three legs of a stool – our students need them all.

Ken Robinson, noted educational expert, giving a lively talk on creativity and public education ( 20 minute video clip):

Back to School 2010-2011 !

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Welcome back 8th graders! Hope that you had a great summer!

On to official business……

It is required that you have a notebook dedicated to Social Studies:

You will be filling it with……

  • Lecture Notes
  • Sketches
  • Questions
  • Diagrams
  • Quotations
  • Concept Maps
  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Geographic Maps
  • Instructions

And much more!

Political Science Spectrum Project – The Requirements

November 16, 2009 6 comments

POLITICAL SPECTRUM RESEARCH PROJECT

OBJECTIVE I.  To research one point on the political spectrum.

OBJECTIVE II.  To improve and increase your research skills.

OBJECTIVE III.  To make a product or presentation that accurately and comprehensively explains your point on the political spectrum while meeting all the criteria for an excellent grade.

TOPICS:

Each group will research one point on the political spectrum, chosen by drawing

Each group member will choose 2-3 subtopics from a list to do their individual research

RESEARCH REQUIREMENTS:

Research and the creation of products or presentations are two separate phases of the project and are graded separately. The research grades are individual assignments.

Topics:  Each group member will research 2-3 Spectrum Point subtopics

Sources:  Eight (8) sources per group member, minimum. Four (4) must be non-reference sources

Bibliography:  Each group member must turn in a Bibliography of their sources ( use NoodleBib)

Source          Pages/URL       Copyright Date                        Heading for Card 

3 – 5 significant pieces of information in bullet point format, or

A single quoted paragraph

Note Cards: Each group member must complete forty (40) correctly completed note cards

                                                                                         

                                                                        Do not write on both sides of the card

                                                                        Note cards should be legible

                                                                        Note Cards need to follow the example  format

                                                                        Points are given only for 100 % completion

 

DUE DATES and POINT VALUES:

Subtopic choices   11/13         10 points

Note Cards             11/23         40 points

Bibliography           11/23         25 points

Product/Present.    TBA            25 points