Welcome to my class website. Here you will find assignments and other helpful information to keep you up-to-date on everything you need to know for class. I am looking forward to having an awesome year with you!
This class is not about grades, but about learning. My expectation is that students come to class willing to explore any current notions they may have about the world around them as well as about themselves. The challenging nature of our texts is a stimulus for students to make their own decisions about published authors, about themselves as writers, about their classmates as writers, and about the ongoing questions that relate to what it means to be a responding, acting human being both individually and as a part of society. True learning is about discovery. As a teacher, my goal is to guide students in this incredible act of discovery, rather than fill them with facts and information. At the end of this class, I want my students to be more aware of who they are, how they can contribute to society, and how these revelations impact the way in which they see and interact with literature.
Stewarts Creek High School runs on a nine-week grading system. Grades will be calculated the same way each nine weeks. We will be using a STANDARDS-BASED grading system this year. My goal for each student is that they become competent communicators in the areas of reading, writing, and speaking, and using a standards-based grading system will help students identify the areas in which they excel and the areas in which they need the most work. Students will be graded on each standard multiple times throughout the 9 weeks period. The grading scale is as follows:
- 4.0=100 Exceeds standards. Students who show mastery have shown that they understand the standard in-depth, and are able to go beyond grade-level expectation and add more to the assignment than required.
- 3.0 = 90 Meets standards. Students has met grade-level standards and are able to do so independently with successful results.
- 2.0 = 70 Partially meets standards. Student has the information to meet the standard, but still needs assistance to master all parts of the standard expectations at grade-level.
- 1.0 = 60 Does not meet standards. Student does not know how to go about meeting the standard, although they have the materials to do so. Student work is below the grade-level standard.
- 0= LACK OF EVIDENCE (Students did not complete or turn in an assignment and will be placed on the ICU list.)
Students may also be scored “between” levels--i.e., a 2.5=80%-- depending on their mastery of the standards.
**Late work may be penalized up to 10% in the gradebook.**