My name is Ms. Lindsey your English teacher this school year. I am looking forward to an exciting year. It is my goal to provide all students with an educationally challenging, yet fun, experience in my classroom.
English is a very demanding course. Throughout the year we will cover poetry, short stories, dramatic plays from Shakespeare, prose, grammar and vocabulary. There will be homework assignments almost daily.
To be prepared each student will need to bring a single subject notebook, a pocket folder, blue, black and red pens and pencils. These materials should be brought to class every day. We will cover a lot of material in one class period so locker passes will not issued.
I have extremely high expectations for each of my students, and for that I will not apologize. Part of my expectations is to produce an independent learning environment. You will be provided with a course syllabus, outlining all information pertaining to the rules and everyday order of the class. In addition to the attached syllabus you will also be provided a class schedule. The class schedule will detail weekly materials as well as list due dates for upcoming assignments.
In my closing is a copy of one of my favorite poems: Our Deepest Fear. I hope it will inspire each of you to dispel any fears you may have about the coming year, and embrace the notion that anything you set your mind to you can achieve because: you are powerful beyond measure.
Our Deepest Fear
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually who are we not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson