21st Century Skills

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What Supplies are needed? 

    Supplies: Students need a binder for keeping all class handouts & a pair of headphones or earbuds. They will need a charged Chromebook for class every day. Nearly all of our work will be on Polaris.

  • What is the policy for Homework & late work?

    Assignments: I understand that students have active lives outside of class & freetime is precious. This is why I give class time for nearly every assignment and rarely assign homework. However, occasionally students might have to finish up an assignment in their own time. If students have a lot of homework for this class, this likely means that they are not budgeting their class time wisely & may have some habits that are getting in the way of their success. If a student is absent, they will have to make up class work in their own time.

      • Students who are missing 3 or more assignment may be issued a detention for mismanaging class time.  Students will then be given an opportunity to make up the missing assignments for full possible credit. This work will be graded after the detention is served.  
      • A student with a growth mindset will view this not a punishment, but an opportunity to develop their skills and talents through effort and persistence.

     

  • What are Citizenship Points?

    Citizenship Points: Students will earn 5 process points per day for following class rules, staying on task, being prepared for class, being respectful, and practicing a growth mindset. These points will be in the grade book at the end of every week. This is used as a tool for communicating students’ classroom habits with parents. If students are consistently missing these points, they are engaging in behavior that will likely get in the way of their success.

  • What is an SEEC?

    SEEC Responses: This is the formula for extended response answers. Students find these challenging at first because they are learning a new process that requires them to analyze sources, evaluate evidence, and place their answer in the proper format. Students progress over time with this format & usually do not score perfectly on the first or second attempt. As I grade these assignments I leave considerable feedback and ask students to consider my remarks as they go forward. After students complete 3-5 of these type of responses, they find them much easier. This format will set them up for answering extended response on standardized tests including the AIR, SAT, and AP exams. Students who practice the growth mindset take my feedback & improve their scores immediately.

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    What are the Lecture Videos?

    Lecture Quizzes:

    • This type of assignment is part of blended learning. Lecturing in this format allows me to ensure consistency of information across all classes. It helps students with varying abilities get the information at their own pace. Students may go back and listen to the video over & over until they understand the material & can correctly answer the question. Also, when students are absent, they will not miss vital information.

     

     

  • How do I know when something is due?

    The due dates are always posted in the classroom on the whiteboard.

    They can also be seen in Polaris on the calender on the right side of the screen. They are called "upcoming assignments".

    They can also be found on the "Daily Agenda" that is linked in this website & located in Polaris in the "Classroom information" folder.

    • Assignments are ALWAYS due @ the beginning of class unless otherwise posted
    • Lecture notes are usually due on Friday & they usually open on Sunday Morning

    Students who are missing 3 or more assignment may be issued a detention for mismanaging class time.  Students will then be given an opportunity to make up the missing assignments for full possible credit. This work will be graded after the detention is served.  A student with a growth mindset will view this not a punishment, but an opportunity to develop their skills and talents through effort and persistence.