Miss Richie’s Social Studies Classroom Procedures
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! I am looking forward to a great year and have many projects planned to help make the learning process fun and enjoyable. With parents’ help and support, this will be an interesting and productive year. If there are any questions throughout the year, please do not hesitate to call or email. My office hours will be every Monday from 3:30-4:00. VMS: 948-3336 or [email protected]
What will your son/daughter learn this year?
7th Grade: We will be studying the Eastern Hemisphere with an emphasis in ancient cultures. Students will learn about ancient societies and the impact they have had on World History.
6th Grade: We will be studying the Western Hemisphere in this year. Students will learn about ancient societies and the impact they have had on World History.
Students will be investigating history from an analytical and critical perspective. Students will be able to connect events from our history to events occurring today.
Daily Classroom Materials and Procedures
Students must bring the following items to class each day: paper, pen or pencil, color pencils, and a 3 ring binder dedicated to Social Studies. Student textbooks will not be given out, we will have a classroom set for reference and students will be able to check a textbook out if needed. Students will be creating digital based projects and a thumb drive for saving work would be helpful to all students. This is an item that can be used in ALL classes.
Students are expected to come to class everyday prepared to work. Students are expected to find their seats, get their materials out, and begin the bell work. Participation plays a LARGE role in the Social Studies classroom and students are expected to be in class each day and participate to their fullest capabilities. Lack of participation can result in the lowering of a student’s grade.
Students will be expected to follow the Classroom Constitution. Students will be given one warning upon misbehaving, two warnings will result in lunch detention, and three warnings will result in an office referral. Any misbehavior in class after an office referral will result in a parent/teacher conference. Please refer to the Parent/Student Handbook for further information on school guidelines and regulations.
5. NO FOOD OR DRINK IN THE CLASSROOM! ( I will allow water bottles--no color!)
Vineland Middle School’s website is located at http://vlm.district70.org. Each teacher at Vineland has a webpage linked to this site in which students and parents can stay updated on classroom activities. Students will be able to access homework via this website for days when they are absent or have missed class. Homework in my classroom is kept to a minimum. I expect students to complete work in class and give ample time to complete assignments.
It is a STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to gather missing/absent assignments. Students may come in before or after school or class, OR use the website to get missing assignments. Failure to make up work will result in a zero.
1. Make eye contact. When someone is speaking, keep your eyes on him or her at all times. If someone makes a comment, turn and face that person.
2. If someone in the class wins a game or does something well, we will congratulate that person. Claps should be at least three seconds in length with the full part of both hands meeting in a manner that will give the appropriate clap volume.
3. During discussion respect students' comments, opinions, and ideas. When possible make statements such as, "I agree because" or "I disagree because"
4. Do not smack your lips, tsk, roll your eyes or show disrespect with gestures. (These are all non-verbal putdowns.)
5. When we read together in class, you must follow along. If I call on you to read, you must know exactly where we are and begin reading immediately. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? You may be seeing new words and hearing their pronunciations which will add to your word recognition and vocabulary base. It will also help you to observe the appropriate rhythmic flow of the text. It is important to learn to focus as you read and comprehend as you go along.
6. You will make every effort to be as organized as possible.
7. While you are with a substitute teacher, you will obey the same rules that you follow when I am with you. (I know this is hard, but it is important.) You should have the mind-set that you are working for yourself and have pride in yourself and your work. Students and classes that cannot abide by this rule will face severe consequences. (This is Personal Best.)
8. You may bring a bottle of water (NO SODA) and leave it on your desk. Do not ask me if you can get a drink while I am teaching.
9. Listen to me when I'm talking and I'll listen to you when you are talking.
10. Stand up for what you believe in. You shouldn't take no for an answer if your heart and mind are leading you in a direction that you feel strongly about.
11. Be positive and enjoy life. Some things just aren't worth getting upset over. Keep everything in perspective and focus on the good in your life.
12. Accept that you are going to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on. (This is also Personal Best.)
13. Be the best person you can be.