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MR. PURDY'S GRADE 7 & 8 CLASS
Hi, I'm Mr. Purdy and I will be teaching Grade 7 & 8 this year. This is my second year at William Whyte! I have been teaching in the Winnipeg School Division for seven years, and have experience teaching all four core subjects at this level. I am also currently completing a Masters Degree in Language & Literacy Education.
A on-going focus this year will be literacy. Students can expect a variety of exercises, workshops, and projects aimed at increasing the effectiveness of their written communication. A considerable amount of in-class time will be spent developing the six traits of good writing (Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions) in each student's work. Students will also be reading a lot this year. Students will undertake multiple in-depth novel studies, maintain an on-going reading log, and devote the equivalent of one day each week solely to reading and developing strategies to increase comprehension and understanding. Moreover, Indigenous perspectives, understandings, and approaches to literacy will be centred in our studies this year.
This year, in English Language Arts, students will explore the six modes of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing. In doing so, students will have the opportunity to engage a variety of texts and media (including novels, short stories, films, music videos, poetry, blogs, visual art, speeches, and essays). The ultimate hope is that, through this course, students will be better able to represent, interpret, and make meaning of their ideas and experiences, and, moreover, of those that inform the world around them. ELA will also recognize the evolving landscape of language in society. Wherever possible, this course will use relevant new media texts, such as on-line and pop culture material. Although most students already consume new media texts, many lack the necessary media literacy to do so critically. In this course, students will acquire the tools needed to navigate the media-saturated world we live in with responsibility and awareness.
In Math, we will facilitate the development of numerate individuals. By this, I mean learners able to confidently employ a number of strategies for problem solving, mental math and estimation, communication, reasoning, visualization and making connections. This will be accomplished through the exploration of the following four strands of study : I) Numbers (including fractions and decimals); II) Statistics and Probability; III) Shape and Space; IV) Patterns and Relations. Students can expect a variety of evaluation methods throughout the year including Unit tests, quizzes, summative projects, "Question of the Day" challenges, random homework checks, and exams. Students are also encouraged to come in for extra help and/or to complete assignments that were not completed in class before/after school or a lunch time.
In Social Studies, we will be drawing from both the Grade 7 and Grade 8 curricula.
In People and Places in the World, we will be examines the following clusters :
I) World Geography; II) Global Quality of Life; III) Ways of Life; IV) Human Impact. In World History: Societies of the Past, we will be using the six Benchmarks of Historical Thinking to help guide and foster our studies together. The benchmarks include: establishing historical significance, using primary sources of evidence, identifying continuity and change, analyzing cause and consequence, taking a historical perspective, and understanding the moral dimensions of history.
In Science, students will develop the overall skills and attitudes described in Cluster 0 of the Grade 7 & 8 Science Learning Outcomes. Specifically, this means employing the principals and processes of scientific inquiry; formulating testable questions and hypotheses, creating plans, and utilizing a variety of ICT resources to guide their investigations.
We will also be drawing content from the Grade 7 curriculum :
I) Interactions Within Ecosystems; II) Forces and Structures; III) Particle Theory of Matter; IV) The Earth’s Crust and the Grade 8 curriculum : I) Optics; II) Water Systems; III) Fluids; IV) Cells and Systems.
Finally, classroom behavioural expectations are anchored in respect and the school-wide K.I.N.D. Initiative (Keep my hands and feet to myself, I am a learner, Nurture myself, others and my environment, Do my best).
If you have any questions or concerns, I am available, digitally and emotionally, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm looking forward to a great year!