Brian Surkan History and Civics The Walker School Welcome
Ideas for Fall 2010 How to interpret grades Blank means – collected (verify) Zero means – not turned in Lowest grade dropped
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
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
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
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)
Brian Surkan History and Civics The Walker School Questions?
“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