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  • "I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.“--Lily Tomlin
  • Titusville High School
    Small NW Pennsylvania town
    Student population=
    Free/reduced lunches=
    Titusville High School
    302 E. Walnut Street
    Titusville, PA 16354
    814-827-2715
    www.gorockets.org
  • Ninth Grade Academy
    “Freshman eXpress” (FX)
    Core teachers share common students
    Physically located with all core classes in same area
  • Schedulingmaximum collaboration between curriculum areas
    Common Plan for Ninth grade teachers/ Ninth Grade SAP
    Ninth Grade Block
    Ninth Grade Lunch
    Ninth Grade teachers have a Ninth Grade homeroom
  • Ninth Grade SAP
    Grade specific student assistance team
    Comprised of Ninth Grade teachers and the Ninth Grade counselor
    SAP team knows the students being discussed
    Interact with target students on a daily basis
    Immediate classroom intervention much easier
  • Ignite
    High School = HIGH STRESS
    Who are my teachers?
    Where do I go?
    What’s lunch like?
    What’s expected of me?
    How will the upper classmen treat me?
    IGNITE Program helps transition Ninth Graders into High School atmosphere.
  • Ignite
    REDUCE ANXIETY
  • Suspended Curriculumweek 1
    IGNITE!
    Other Topics Covered:
    Grade Book/PowerSchool & I contracts
    Why Conflict Occurs
    Drugs/alcohol SAP
    Internet Safety
    Assertiveness
    PE Readiness
    Agenda Use/Organization
  • Directed LearningThis is not your grampa’s “study hall.”
    “Nine tenths of education is encouragement.”
    -Anatole France
  • Reward Good Behaviordon’t just punish the bad
  • THE LIST
    Students all have clean slate at beginning
    Expectations are clearly defined at onset
    Students make “The List” for not meeting expectations
    “The List” is determined by Ninth Grade Teachers
    Discussed at weekly group planning.
    Students on List cannot participate in class reward days.
  • Raising the Bar
    “I” equals “insufficient”
  • I Contract
    Grades under 70% given an I for “insufficient.”
    Work returned to student to complete at a level that shows proficiency.
    Students meet with DL teachers once a week to set goals to eliminate I’s
    Students with I’s cannot participate in the class reward days or other school functions until grades are raised.
  • Technology Integration
    Eight Ninth Grade Teachers participated in CFF (Classrooms For the Future)
    CFF Coach (Technology Integrator)
    Full access to online Blackboard suite of software
    Mobile laptop labs
    Promethean Boards
  • Technology Integration
    Hand in hand with teacher training on higher level lesson plans
    Classroom focus is student centered rather than teacher centered.
    Project oriented
    “Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”--Arthur Koestler
  • A Path To Lifelong Learning
    “In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
    --Eric Hoffer