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Week of 9/3

September 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Monday – No School

Tuesday – Introduction to Unit I. Perception, Cognition and Worldviews. Perception vs. Reality Questions assigned (Due Wednesday)

Wednesday – Review and collect homework. Unit Vocabulary.  Perception activity & Daily Board Question. Begin Lecture I.

Thursday – MAP standardized testing in IMC  (no SS class)

Friday-  MAP standardized testing in IMC  (no SS class)

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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Unit Concept Review Assignments

October 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Here are two of the assignments covering major concepts in our first unit that were collected recently:

Lecture and Assignment

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment

“Revolutions in Worldviews”

 

 

Assignment – “Meme, Paradigm or Worldview?”

 

Lecture Notes: Perception, Cognition & Worldviews

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Unit Vocabulary: Perception, Cognition and Worldviews

August 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Concepts/Terms:

Perception   Perspective   Position   Cognition   Metacognition   Bias

Orientation   Objective   Subjective   Philosophy  Meme  Values   Worldview

Paradigm  Paradigm-shift   Schema   Culture   Society   Cultural Evolution

Empiricism   Scientific Method    Natural Law   Revolution   Humanism

Social Contract  Framing    Feedback     O.O.D.A Loop

Worldviews:

Prehistoric   Ancient    Medieval   Renaissance   Reformation   Enlightenment

Scientific Revolution

Thinkers:

Socrates   Plato   Aristotle    Cicero   Francis Bacon   Rene Descartes

Isaac Newton   Thomas Hobbes    John Locke

Charles Darwin   Thomas Kuhn   Richard Dawkins    George Lakoff    John Boyd

Welcome Back Class of 2012-2013!

August 27, 2012 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
  • Ideas
  • Diagrams
  • Quotations
  • Vocabulary
  • Concept Maps
  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Geographic Maps
  • Instructions

And much more!