Civics 8 Parent Night v07

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Civics 8 Parent Night v07

  1. 1. Brian Surkan<br />History and Civics<br />The Walker School<br />Welcome<br />
  2. 2. Ideas for Fall 2010<br />How to interpret grades<br />Blank means – collected (verify)<br />Zero means – not turned in<br />Lowest grade dropped<br />
  3. 3. Classroom Logistics<br />Mission<br />To help students realize their full potential, both within my discipline and in life.<br />Grading<br />50% HW & Pop Quizzes / 50% Tests & Projects<br />Lowest HW / Pop Quiz grade dropped each quarter<br />“Every unnecessary help is a hindrance”<br />Ask questions but let students do their own work<br />
  4. 4. Effort and Citizenship Trump Grades<br />Encourage maximum effort and citizenship<br />An effortless A is far worse than a hard-earned B<br />For a respectful student doing his work<br />Effort = Satisfactory<br />Citizenship = Satisfactory<br />Consistent hard work generally leads to higher grades<br />Focus on consistency / progress over time<br />An A represents mastery and is not easy to come by<br />
  5. 5. History (1914 – Present)<br />Government Boot Camp<br />World War I<br />Roaring ‘20s<br />The Great Depression<br />World War II<br />Post WWII America<br />Civil Rights<br />Foreign Policy 1945 – Present<br />Primary Source Analysis<br />Analytical Writing<br />Awareness of Fallacies<br />Applied Economics<br />Europe Map from Memory<br />Incentives: Cause & Effect<br />Power of Ideas/Philosophy<br />Classroom Simulations<br />Current Events<br />Government: Theory v. Practice<br />Role Playing<br />Curriculum: Civics 8<br />Skills / Approach<br />
  6. 6. Communications<br />Class blog: http://civics8.edublogs.org/<br />Class logistics & organization<br />Helpful guides<br />Teacher announcements<br />Student summaries of Class Events<br />E-mail<br />Always use FirstClass for student-teacher communications<br />Telephone<br />Check blog first<br />Ask a friend<br />Emergencies (<24 hours)<br />
  7. 7. Brian Surkan<br />History and Civics<br />The Walker School<br />Questions?<br />
  8. 8. “Every unnecessary help is a hindrance”<br />Parents are encouraged to:<br />Enquire and discuss class events and topics<br />Discuss current events / topics of essays (no spoons, please!)<br />Allow students to suffer natural consequences of mistakes<br />Encourage your child to ask the teacher if they have questions<br />Please refrain from:<br />Correcting or typing your child’s work<br />Contacting the teacher for clarification on your child’s behalf<br />Making excuses for student mistakes<br />Micromanaging your child’s Civics / History work<br />

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