My vision for our year together, is that by June all students will have contributed toward creating a classroom where everyone is equally encouraged to learn and better prepared to become citizens in a democratic society. Our world is rapidly changing, and I want each student to be empowered to make changes in the world that make it better for everyone. For that vision to be realized, we will elevate the reading, writing and discussion skills through critical analyzing literature and non-fiction.Want to know more? For more information about how we will accomplish this together, please read the Welcome Back Letter and check out our first unit on our class page, What We’re Up To.
Building an Engaging Classroom
In class, one of the principles that informs our learning is, “If we’re not having fun, then we’re not doing it right” (as told to me by Dr. Art Pearl). I believe learning should be filled with the “thrill of discovery” and curiosity about the world (though, on the other hand, not all fun is educational). In order to create an engaging classroom, we will have in guest speakers, view photo-prompts and videos that connect to our reading, and work hard to complete creative projects that appeal to different learning styles.Want to know more? Check out our first unit on our class page, What We’re Up To.
Your Support is Essential
I am excited to get to know each of my students, to help them grow as an individual learner, and to build a community that we can all feel proud of. Thank you, parents and guardians, for all the hard work you do to support our students and our community at Shasta. Every day, I know you have a tremendous influence in helping our students and contribute toward the excitement and enthusiasm each of them brings to our classroom. Together, I know we can make this school year one filled with accomplishments and marked by extraordinary growth.
All teachers at Shasta have incorporate “proficiency-based grading.” In a nut-shell, this means that students grades will be tied to “proofs” (assessments, projects, quizzes, speeches, etc…) that are tied to specific learning targets. To prepare for each proof, students will complete “prep” work in class, which means they’ll have guided individual and small group work to work towards our learning targets.
If you would like more information about our move toward proficiency-based grading, or if you would like to see a sample of what our rubrics will look like, then please read the Proficiency-Based Grading Letter.