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What are we working on?

During the month of February, 2018, we will be finishing our novel study of The Giver, by Lois Lowry.  Additionally, students will be further increasing their writing skills with instruction of types of sentences, clauses, and proper usage of parts of speech and elimination of convention errors.  We are conducting practice GA Milestones testing, and the results are being carefully analyzed to obtain information on students' strengths and weaknesses to drive instructional needs over the coming weeks.

Weekly, students are continuing study of Latin root words and building their vocabulary through their knowledge of prefixes, roots, and suffixes.  Daily, we practice editing and revising with our warm-up/activator activities.

Students are encouraged to use Cornell Notes and flashcards for independent study of new concepts so that they may apply their new knowledge in their everyday writing and speaking.  Students should also practice organizational skills by keeping their language arts binder organized with five tabs: grammar, vocabulary, notes/handouts, writing, and reading.  An organized binder creates a space for all of the daily activities and prevents loss of important information needed for instruction and assessments.  

Students will also be creating constructed and extended writing responses often, and we are currently practicing in the area of expository/informational writing.  

 

WHAT I TEACH AND HOW TO CONTACT ME:

Seventh Grade Language Arts Teacher - Room 518

laura.burgess@polk.k12.ga.us

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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I believe as teachers, we hold the keys to unlocking all of the potential that our students possess. Showing students the importance of setting goals at young age will help them continue to exceed their goals as they grow older.  I understand the importance of creating an exciting and engaging learning environment when teaching.  Teachers have the unique opportunity to have a positive impact on a student’s life and the future in society.  By creating a classroom that is both informative and interactive, we can give students the tools they need to be successful in their everyday lives.  Ultimately, my goal is to not only educate students with a curriculum, but to provide them with the knowledge and principles necessary to become better people in today’s society.

 

 

 

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