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  • I went to ucberkeley where I got my bachelors degree in the Archeology of Sport and became the number 1 private tutor for the UC Berkeley Golden Bears football team. While I was at Berkeley I Taught several courses on pop-culture and the importance of Icons beginning with the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayerand eventually expanding to incorporate all pop culture as tools for learning.

8th grade English and History Ms Rocky's Class Day 1 8th grade English and History Ms Rocky's Class Day 1 Presentation Transcript

  • Ms. Rocky
    Parker School 2010
    English & History
    Middle School Teacher
  • UC Berkeley
  • My Life
    Married to Mr. Dave
    3 sons- Jake, Dallas & Jude
    Have 2 Cats- Farrah & Coda (Dexter & Xena)
    Play Guitar & Sing
    Theoretical Physics, Hard Sci-Fi Books,
    Movies, Music, Cartoon Network shows
  • My Life
    Hundreds of “adopted” kids & students
    NFL, MLB, Olympic Swim Team, WNBA, PGA
    924 Gilman, Fantasy Records, Tyrannosaurus Recs
    Many careers:
    - Theatre Tech - Radio Announcer
    - Archaeologist - Speech & Debate Coach
    - College Instructor - Sports Writer
  • How I Teach
    I believe...
  • I believe…
    …that teaching and learning are Give-&-Take relationships
    Oftentimes, I have just as much to learn from you as you do from me, and I want to learn!
  • I believe…
    …that everything is connected
    Start from a point that you are already interested in and you can translate that into all aspects of your learning and life.
  • I believe…
    …in using all forms of multimedia from books to movies to TV shows to music to video games
    The most important thing is to find a launching point for each person’s academic excellence and success in life.
  • I believe…
    …books are the foundation for
    understanding life.
    …movies can teach us important lessons.
    …music can focus our brains.
    …video games are not always mindless.
  • I believe…
    …football is life. I am a football freak.
    …Cal is the center of the Universe.
    …strawberry is better than chocolate.
    …that EVERYONE can dance.
    …Counting Crows is the best band ever.
    …in aliens.
    …in ghosts, vampires & zombies.
  • I believe…
    …knowing where we come from is as important as knowing where we want to go.
    …“none of us is anything until the least of us is something.” (Floyd Little, NFL Hall of Fame Induction Speech, 2010)
    ...in the exceptional, the amazing, and the unexpected.
    …that wisdom can come from anyone.
  • Things to know
    What I expect…
  • Things to know…
    …just because an adult said something doesn’t make it right or true. QUESTION ALWAYS.
    …if you disagree, that’s ok. DO SO WITH EVIDENCE, NOT OPINION.
    …without students, there is no need for a teacher. TAKE YOUR ROLE HERE SERIOUSLY.
    …if you cant find a way to have fun doing something, LOOK AT IT ANOTHER WAY.
  • What I expect…
    I EXPECT…
    …you as students to show respectfor:
    Teachers & Staff
    Your Peers
    Yourself
    by not compromising the class with disruptive behavior.
  • What I expect…
    …you to construct and maintain an open discussion and dialogue with me and with your fellow students.
    …that you will talk to me if you are having problems and let me work a solution out with you.
    I EXPECT…
  • What I expect…
    …that you will learn the rules of my classroom and respect them.
    …that you will VOICE YOUR OPINIONS, weather it agrees or disagrees with me or anyone else, while showing respect for others.
    I EXPECT…
  • Class rules
    What you can expect…
  • LITERATURE & WRITING SKILLS
    US & WORLD HISTORY
    THROUGH THEMES
    8th GRADE ENGLISH & HISTORY
  • CAMPOUT LETTER
    • SUPPLY LIST
    • SCHEDULE
    • FOOD DONATION REQUEST
    SIGN & RETURNTOMORROW
    Package Documents
  • Syllabus
    Academic Integrity & Honesty / Student Info
    SIGN & RETURN
    How to Avoid Plagiarism – KEEP FOR REFERENCE
    Study Skills Sheet – KEEP FOR REFERENCE
    Parker School Style Sheet – KEEP FOR REFERENCE
    Parker School Value Shield
    POST OVER YOUR DESK AT HOME
    Package Documents
  • Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking skills
    Theme each Trimester tying together with History
    Reinforcement the school wide expectations of Excellence, Integrity, and Compassion
    Use critical analysis skills to understand, interpret, and tackle
    Complex pieces of literature
    Concepts
    Ideas
    Thoughts
    Multimedia approach to connect with literature and link the readings with theme
    Movies
    Television
    Music
    Video Games
    Course Description: English
  • Course Description:History
    Critical Reading, Writing, Comprehension and Thinking skills
    Theme & Time-Frame each Trimester tying together with English
    Bringing History into focus using Inventions & Innovation as a lens
    Reinforcement the school wide expectations of Excellence, Integrity, and Compassion
    Use critical analysis skills to understand, interpret, and tackle
    Complex moments in History
    Historical moments in context
    Global relationships of ideas, people & places
    Political Concepts
    Innovative Ideas
    Multimedia approach to connect with history & link the readings & themes with time frames
    Movies
    Television
    Music
    Video Games
  • Keep notes on all readings and lectures
    Different forms and styles of note taking
    Various assignments will involve note taking
    Notes will be checked periodically
    Note taking is part of class participation
    Will contribute to the in-class portion of your grade
    Will contribute to the participation portion of your grade as well.
    Note Taking
  • 1st Term : Shakespeare & Independence (Excellence)
    Readings
    The Canterbury Tales
    The Shakespeare Stealer
    Romeo and Juliet
    The Taming of the Shrew
    Media
    The Knights Tale
    Shakespeare in Love
    Romeo + Juliet
    10 Things I Hate About You
    Themes, Readings & Media
  • 2nd Term: War & Community (Compassion)
    Readings
    The Diary of Anne Frank
    Twenty and Ten
    Maus: My Father Bleeds History (Graphic Novel)
    Maus: And Here My Troubles Began(Graphic Novel)
    Resistance: Book 1
    Number The Stars
    The Things They Carried
    Media
    Anne Frank
    Hogan’s Heros
    The Great Escape
    Hollywood and the Holocaust
    Themes, Readings & Media
  • 3rd Term: Personal Rights & Responsibility (Integrity)
    Readings
    The Bicentennial Man / I, Robot
    The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
    Harrison Bergeron
    The Lottery
    The Time Machine
    Media
    The Bicentennial Man
    The Lottery
    The Time Machine
    Themes, Readings & Media
  • Daily class questions
    Daily in-class writing assignments
    WILL NOTleave the classroom
    IS confidential
    Read another student’s notebook and there WILL be serious ramifications including but not limited to detention, suspension & expulsion
    In Class Notebooks
  • Homework is given for the week on the first day the class meets
    The majority of homework will be submitted online
    Any homework which is due in class will be noted
    Work Due In-class will be due when stated
    Online discussion groups are part of homework for this course
    Assignments more then 24 hours late will not be accepted online and arrangements must be made with the teacher for any exception
    Major assignments/projects may span several weeks.
    Daily homework assignments are posted to the website on Mondays
    Homework Assignments
  • Throughout the course of the year extra credit opportunities will be presented and you will be able to take advantage of this provided you have a passing grade already.
    Extra Credit
  • Grading will be based on 5 categories as follows :
    Homework
    Tests & Quizzes
    In-Class Writing & Participation
    Projects
    Online Discussion Participation
    GradingPolicies
  • Read & Review with your parents
    Sign & return
    Fill out the Info Sheet on the back
    Sign & return
    Academic Integrity & Honesty
  • Daily Points are rewards you get for various activities in class.
    Daily Points are not given for turning in assignments or completing projects
    Daily Points do not contribute to your grade – they are in addition to assignment grade points
    1 Daily Point is rewarded for each daily question
    Those who go above and beyond the assignment parameter may receive additional points
    In-class writing assignments are not optional and will have an impact on your grade
    Daily Points…
  • Once every week you will be able to redeem your Daily Points for various rewards, including:
    Food items
    Candy
    Class coupons
    “Get Out of One Homework Assignment”
    “Change Seats to Sit Closer to a Friend”
    “Choose a Lunchtime Movie”
    Store redeemable certificates
    Xbox live or PlayStation network cards
    Other rewards to be determined
    Rewards…
  • Once a month you will have the opportunity to play
    “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”
    in order to earn extra DP
    You must buy in with 10 DP in order to participate
    Questions will be a review of the previous weeks lessons along with general knowledge questions
    Millionaire…
  • Come to my room any time
    Lunchtime movies on Tuesday & Thursday
    Via my email rsperling@parkerschool.net
    Immediate attention after 4pm
    Use my Twitter @RockyAtParker
    Any questions posted on Twitter will be answered by 9 pm that day
    Check the twitter page for Assignment Updates, Changes, or Announcements about the class.
    Email: rsperling@parkerschool.net
    Twitter:@RockyAtParker
    Phone: 808-885-7933 ext 127
    Communication