Titusville Ninth Grade Academy PresentationPresentation Transcript
"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