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Welcome to grade 7 math!

  1. 1. Welcome Parents!Back to School Night 2011<br />Mr. Johnston<br />Grade 7 Mathmatics<br />Saigon South International School<br />
  2. 2. Biography <br />6th year teacher at SSIS<br />10 years of teaching experience<br />Lanna International School Thailand (02-06)<br />Environmental Education Teacher: Catalina Island Environmental Leadership Program<br />Summer Camp Director-Catalina Island Camps (00-01) <br />
  3. 3. Presentation Overview<br />Communication<br />Moodle, Powerschool, Classroom Blogs, School Website: what’s the difference?<br />Course Information<br />Syllabus<br />Grading/Class Policies<br />Things to you can do to help your child with school at home<br />
  4. 4. Communication: What are all these things?<br />
  5. 5. Moodle<br />Shows information about assignments, due dates, resources.<br />Course outline, scope and sequence<br />For STUDENTS primarily <br />Moodle<br />
  6. 6. Powerschool<br />Information about student achievement, grades, missing assignments, due dates<br />For PARENTS and STUDENTS<br />Powerschool<br />
  7. 7. Classroom Blog<br />A news source for weekly happenings in the classroom<br />Examples of student work<br />A means to deprivatize what happens in the classroom.<br />Fosters discussion about school at home<br />A language translator is available<br />For PARENTS primarily<br />Classroom Blog<br />
  8. 8. SSIS School Website<br />SSIS Website<br /><ul><li>Information about events at the school
  9. 9. School-wide, not just grade 6, or 7.
  10. 10. For PARENTS. Students get important information on Moodle, from teachers. </li></li></ul><li>Pause for Reflection:Where would you go to find:<br />Information about what is specifically happening in Mr. J’s classroom?<br />Special events at the school?<br />Resources and assignment due dates?<br />Your child’s grades at any moment?<br />Classroom Blog<br />SSIS Website<br />Moodle<br />Powerschool<br />
  11. 11. Course Information<br />Syllabus<br />Study Guides/Netbook Initiatives<br />Grading/Class Policies<br />Things to you can do to help your child with school at home<br />
  12. 12. Course Scope and Sequence<br />See Below<br />
  13. 13. Study Guides/Netbook Initiatives<br />DeSigned To:<br />Help students/teacher focus on specific learning goals.<br />Make our school’s curriculum more “transparent”<br />Shows relevance with assignments<br />Help students, parents, teacher monitor progress. <br />See 2 examples below<br />
  14. 14. Grading/Class Policies<br />“Challenge by Choice” 3 Levels of Differentiated Instruction. <br />Students self assess. Answers on Moodle, in class. <br />Teacher has conference with students every week<br />All assessments go in gradebook. <br />Homework, Projects, Quizzes are practice for summative assessments-100% of grade<br />
  15. 15. How can I help my child at with their learning? <br />Homework<br />Grading Policy<br />Parent/Teacher Support Network<br />
  16. 16. Assignments /Homework<br />Provide a designated time and place<br />Minimize distractions by doing it at the dining room table verses near an open computer<br />Check in with them from time to time to ensure understanding<br />Break into increments<br />Teach them to work towards independence<br />“Homework Battles”<br />
  17. 17. Grading Policy<br />My philosophy: “Humans learn more from their mistakes than failures.”<br />Don’t ridicule, or penalize them for doing poorly in school<br />A “B” may have been a powerful learning experience<br />Recognize them for their successes. (Improvements, even if they’re small)<br />Extra Tutors: Do they help support what is being taught in school here at SSIS?<br />Does more work/tutoring in response to a low grade lead to acheivement or burnout?<br />Everyone learns differently!<br />
  18. 18. Parent/Teacher Support<br />Call or write anytime!<br />If you want to make an appointment, I will try my hardest to make myself available within a few days.<br />Translators available<br />We both have the same goals: Your child’s success in school. <br />
  19. 19. Questions?<br />Thanks for coming!<br />

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