CPS Teachers Make A Difference

Week Ending December 18, 2015

*January 4, 2016 school resumes
*January 10, 2016 - Artsedcamp 2016 from 9:00 - 2:00/2:30.
* January 15, 2016 - Faculty Meeting from 12:10 - 2:20 (students have early release)
*January 22, 2016 - Norma - We will be leaving at 5:45PM and return around 11:00PM. Please let me know if you would like to attend.

What to expect during prep and presentation weeks

The first week is when the students prepare. Please split up the material which had been covered over the first semester. This is not the time to introduce a new topic. Below are the directions, followed by an example. Please provide your students with a check list and when phases for each of the sections to complete are due.

The first stage of the end of term presentation is to review the material covered from the beginning of this semester. The teacher then divides up the material and assigns each student a section to reteach during presentation week.

During the actual presentation week, you will have an assigned day in which your students will present in your class. After your students are done presenting, they will still come to your class the remainder of the week, but will be able to work on presentations for other classes. Presentations on your scheduled day(s) will take place during your regular class time. Please note change in schedule due to conflicts.

Monday, January 11, 2016 - Social Studies

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - Science

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - English

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - Latin

Friday, January 15, 2016 - Math

Teachers will need to submit a numerical grade only to me and copies of the papers with student grades. Individual feedback should be given to students after the exam.

Presentations must include:

  1. A written paper of approx. 2 pages typed, double-spaced in 12 point font, handed to the teacher. This MUST be a hard copy. Teacher will determine criteria for paper.

  1. Presentation of approx. 8-10 minutes to reteach. Presentation must include a visual and a participatory activity.Make sure as the teacher to record each presentation and upload to youtube. You will first need a gmail account established before you can upload.

  1. Students will keep a journal prepared by the teacher for each class. After each presentation, the student will write down the main idea of the lesson taught. Criteria for questions to answer will be determined and provided by the teacher.

  1. If a student misses a presentation of another student, the student will research and write a one page overview for each presentation missed. This will be due by the next school day,following presentation week.

  1. If a student misses their own presentation, the student will film the presentation outside of school and give the presentation on a dvd or jump drive to the teacher by Friday January 15, 2016 at 2:30PM

Global Studies End of Term Presentation

This past semester we learned about the cultures of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia. We spoke a lot about Women's issues in these regions and how Hinduism and Islam played a role. We learned about the challenges, the beauty of the culture, the impact of geography, history and politics.

Your assignment is to write a short story (1,000 – 1,500 words) about a traditional teenager living in one of the country's we had learned about who wants to move to the United States to go to school. The setting is at the airport waiting for her flight to take off.

The story may be handwritten or typed with an illustrated cover. This will be due on Thursday.

Your presentation must in the form of a PowerPoint as we learned in class and consists of the information below. One slide for each.

In your story, you will include the following information:

____Your character should have a first and last name

____Describe her clothing and jewelry (if applicable) and what she looks like.

____City/Village and country where your character has been brought up.

____ Describe in detail the geography of her homeland (mountains, crops grown, weather, etc.)

____ What is the religion of your character?

____Describe two religious rituals



____Describe at least 2 traditions



____What will your character miss most about living in her Asian country?

____What challenges will she encounter in the United States?


Story: 30 points

Illustrated cover: 10 points

PowerPoint: 20 points

Presentation: 20 points

Journal (notes from other presentations): 20 points

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Attendance, participation and make-up assignments

Several of you have spoken with me privately regarding the issues of attendance, participation and make-up assignments. Your convictions for change have come from experience and insight. I appreciate your suggestions and realize that the definition of insanity - the notion of doing the same thing over and over again with the hope of a different outcome - applies to this policy and change is needed and overdue.

Based upon your collective responses, I propose the following to start for second term:
1. Teachers will need to continue to take attendance each class and notify the office if a student is not present. Students who are absent 10 days (which are unexcused) in a semester will not receive credit for the class. This follows Florida Law. Students who are late, but in attendance for at least half the class will receive 1/2 an absence.

2. The majority of the grade needs to be on the assessment and actual work produced. Students have come to realize that if they don't misbehave they will achieve their points. Students need to be graded on cumulative projects, based upon class lessons. Students need to have a minimum of one grade per week, per class. This way, if a student misses a class, he or she will need to catch up quickly in order to give the presentation, paper or project for the week. It is imperative that teachers create assessments which are very detailed with the expectations and adhered to on a weekly basis. A project may last for 2-3 weeks, but each week there should be part of the project due.

3. Participation can be part of the assessment for the cumulative project. For example, if you are having the students prepare for a debate, 10-20% can be for their participation in preparation.
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A new platform for grades and posting lessons

For the last 2 years plus, we have been the guinea pig for Thinkwave. While there are good qualities to the program, we are not finding it to be as user friendly and easy to use as expected. Starting next term we will be using https://conservatoryprep.moodlecloud.com
Your username is your first initial followed by your last name in lowercase (e.g. wweiner). The password is cps5850. You may change the password when you log in to the program. Your course is already posted and editing is easy. You all have access to the Service Learning Class, where I fill out the first lesson, to give you an idea.

Since most of our classes are unit to unit, please write an overview of each unit (this will be in place of writing the overview each month in the monthly portfolios) and add any films and readings you want the students to have completed with due dates. You will also be able to upload your class project assignments. Student will be able to send you their papers through icloud and you will be able to grade online. There is a grade book online for you to set up as well. We will be going over this program step-by-step at the meeting on January 15th and I will be happy to go over during our individualized meetings.