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Hello. Feel free to look through your agenda (the grayish colored binder) and all the fun stuff on your desk. We will go over all that stuff today and tomorrow. Funfunfun! - Mr. Taff. Welcome to 8 th Grade Social Studies!. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


An American Education

Welcome to 8th Grade Social Studies!Hello. Feel free to look through your agenda (the grayish colored binder) and all the fun stuff on your desk. We will go over all that stuff today and tomorrow. Funfunfun!- Mr. Taff

Student Information Card[On the back, write one interesting fact about yourself]XStudent Name: ________________ Date of Birth: _________________Parent/Guardian: ___________________________________________Parent/Guardian: ___________________________________________Students Home Address: ____________________________________Home phone: ______________ Cell: ____________ Work: __________Other numbers parents can be reached at: ______________________E-mail address: _____________________________________________2nd e-mail address: __________________________________________Do you have daily access to the internet after school hours? YES NOEmergency contact personAnd number to be reached at: _________________________________Transportation: car walk/bike bus#________ other ________Are there any allergies or medical conditions you have? ____________Are you interested in volunteering here? _________________________DO NOW ACTIVITY 5 min.Select an index card and marker from the basket on the table in the front of the room.ATTN: There might not be enough markers for everyone so please share!Fold the card in half lengthwise (like a hotdog bun).Print your name in the center of each side of the card.Place the card in front of you (Share the markers with other classmates when finished).

Paperwork on Your Desk


I dont have a handoutthings in here are simple!Permission to Leave the roomTo leave the room, ASK for permission.If you have permission, come and grab a pass from me and then sign out on the sign out form by the door.Please come back!!!Pretty simplepretty easy, right?

Grading ScaleBased on a 7.0 scaleTests/Quizzes = 30%Homework = 30%Projects will count as homeworkClass work = 30%Group work in class is considered class workClass Participation/Materials = 10%

QUESTIONNAIREWho is your BEST teacher ever & why?Who is your WORST teacher ever & why?

My Teaching Style

Core 2 start

I am convinced that schools attempt to cover far too much material and that superficial understandings (or non-understandings) are the inevitable result. It makes far more sense to spend a significant amount of time on key concepts, general ideas, and essential questions and to allow students to become thoroughly familiar with these notions and their implications. Howard Gardner

To be Critical ThinkersWhat?

Heres my point

Jeopardy referenceregurgitation examplethink for yourselves!!!13I want you to be able to make decisions in your lifeand make the RIGHT ones!If I can make you think for yourselves, then Ive accomplished my goal here.End of core 1, 3 & 4

What are you hoping to take away from this class?DAY #2Guess the students itemPlease place 1 item of yours at the front of the room while I am in the closet.When everyone has placed an item up here, I will come out and try to guess who belongs to the item.If I guess correctly, that student then has to take over and continue the process until completed.Lets have some fun!!!

Your Learning Style

Multiple Learning StylesStudents have different learning styles.Each of us is stronger in some types of intelligence than in others.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You might be word smart, or have verbal-linguistic intelligence. You might be music smart, or have musical-rhythmic intelligence. You might be number smart, or have logical-mathematical intelligence. You might be picture smart, or have visual-spatial intelligence. You might be body smart, or have body-kinesthetic intelligence. You might be people smart, or have interpersonal intelligence. You might be self-smart, or have intrapersonal intelligence.What is An American Education ???The Goals of Public Schooling

What do you learn in school?

Quality or Quantity?Is cramming as much info as I can down your throat beneficial to you? NO!!!FACT = We are becoming more schooled, yet less educated overall.

JCMS Policy book

Please take em out!You can all expect a fun and enjoyable year with me. I aint your typical history teacherso be warned! You might actually enjoy history.Day #3Do Now - (Friday, Aug. 27th)This question was taken from a survey of random employers throughout the US:Other than being able to do the job, what do you think most employers look for in an employee?Please take these 5 minutes to write down what you think are the top 5 qualities or skills.

Top Rated Characteristics

-------------- A Little Tip---------------Creating a Cooperative, Tolerant Classroom-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------What should I expect in this class?-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Desk OlympicsYou will be working in several types of small groups throughout the year and must know how to move into each type of group quickly and efficiently.Before you move into groups, I will tell you the materials you will need to take with you, (2) with whom you will be working with and, (3) where you will be working.I will consider groups to be prepared only when all are seated quietly and properly with materials out and ready.Your desk arrangement is important to group success.

Cooperative Skills1. Break tension and be friendly.2. Learn and use names.3. Arrange desks properly.4. Use positive body language.5. Be aware of eye contact.6. Listen to others and take turns giving ideas.7. Use positive comments, encourage, and express appreciation.8. Be helpful and assist each other.9. Disagree in an agreeable way.10. Stay on task.Team Building ActivityHuman Statues - Each group will be assigned something different that they must work together to mimic with their bodies, ex:some kind of object or person/animal.I will award ring pops to group members who can physically represent their object or animal the best! If the class can immediately identify it, that group will receive 2 bonus points for the day.

Key Ideas Behind My Style/Approach1. Students have different learning styles.2. Cooperative interaction increases learning.3. All students can learn.4. Students learn best when they have a clear goal.5. Both reading and non-reading activities improve learning.Onslow County Policy book

Please take em out!Assessment Test Monday