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)
Mr. Safranski’s 8th Grade Social Studies Classroom Policies
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.
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.
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
Student Signature_______________________________________________________________ ( / 13)
Here are two of the assignments covering major concepts in our first unit that were collected recently:
“Revolutions in Worldviews”
Assignment – “Meme, Paradigm or Worldview?”
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
Prehistoric Ancient Medieval Renaissance Reformation Enlightenment
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 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
- Concept Maps
- Brainstorming sessions
- Geographic Maps
And much more!