About the class
US History has its challenges with the memorization of the Constitution to the gore of the Civil War. However the struggle of these sections, I promise you it will be like no other history class you have ever had! We will make a life long learner out of the student and following the IB process, will often relate history to current topics - so beware that the student will get the parent involved and ask for their opinions on topics that together, we will venture into! The GATE will run with high expectations. Not only will the students learn the standards, themes and units covered in a regular 8th grade ED class, but they will be expected to become engaged with learning activities that require more depth and complexity. I don't believe in just straight lectures or constant videos. I teach with a variety of techniques including group work, textbooks, oral presentations, collages and laserdisc/ videos. Along with written tests there will be a variety of projects that will challenge your knowledge. Please expect writing from all classes - this is where common core will lead us. We are following the standardized base report card. Academic grades is based on the grading policy as listed in the class sylabus. Here is the concept as of right now: A child has either " Meet standards" which is 100% to 70%. The degree of meeting that standard is as follows.... "A" goes from 100 % to 90%, a "B" goes from 89% to 80% and a "C" goes from 79% to a 70 %. All met standards. It's the following you need to be concerned with. The next area, "Below standards" is more like the "D" range..... a "69% to a 60 %. And then there is the "Far below standard". Somewhere we all hope our child does not go. "59% to 0%. Basically a 'F".
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