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Civics 8 Parent Night v07

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