Hello, and thank you for visiting my page!
I am a career educator with an MS in education with an emphasis in leadership. I’m a creative person who has a passion for photography; a love for acoustic; and thinks up my favorite lessons while out “on a run”. I do not watch tv because there is so much life to live and I love living it!
At Ecker Hill, I am a 6th grade writing teacher. And, I LOVE playing with words!
My goals for you, as a student in my class, are to fall in love with writing, to KNOW, DO, and UNDERSTAND what “good writers do”, applying these techniques in a myriad of writings. You will write EVERYDAY;) You will think, and learn to support what you say.
I am looking forward to an amazing, learning filled, fabulous year!
Disclosure letters have gone home, along with supply lists. Students are very aware of the expectations that I hold for them, and know that I am here to assist them in being successful. However, one can not work up to his/her potential if he/she is not prepared for class physically and mentally. Please assist your child by making sure they are prepared for school each morning by reviewing the night before. Begin by spending a few minutes reveiwing the online calendars for assignments. I strongly encourage you to view the calendar nightly, until such a time that your child demonstrates that he/she is successful in his/her own right in accomplishing this task. I do write parents notes both on Powergrade and in emails. Please do check powergrade on a weekly basis as well to check your child’s progress. It is a powerful tool! Grade print outs are due 2x per month – on or about the 1st and on the 15th. Your child will know what I am expecting and why.
Oh, and, most importantly, TALK TO YOUR CHILD! I cannot tell you how many parents don’t do this! Do not accept “I don’t know” or “nothing” as excuses. Have your child ask me questions, or explain to you why he or she got a certain grade. Do not continue to “rescue” your child from making these very important steps towards growing up.
ON GOING: Spelling
20 spelling/vocabulary words are given in a pretest format. Students check the words in class, w/teacher pointing out the “tricky parts”. (See lists posted on line) Students are to write their misspelled words 5x each prior to the testing date. THIS EARNS THEM 5 bonus points. This is checked the day of the test. Regarding the test, student tests are graded the same day,same class period. Homework: misspelled 10x missed word. Rotating Pattern: Day 1: pretest and discussion of words Day 2:no spelling or vocab Day 3: Test
ON GOING: Vocabulary
Vocabulary is currently based upon spelling words. Latin/Greek roots, prefixes, suffixes are studied and applied.
ON GOING: Grammar
Students are learning the traditional and structural definitions of nouns, verbs, and adjectives, etc. Color pencils are used to identify these in written work.
ON GOING: Journal
IB MYP standards are brought into the classroom via journals. Students are asked to address a prompt and answer a thought provoking question. Answer must be a MINIMUM of 1/2 page/5 sentences. Journals may also be in the form of RAFTS in order to better understand voice.
ON GOING: Penmanship – ongoing
Students will learn how to critique and improve their penmanship. Slant, letter size, formation, etc., will be examined. After basic letter lessons, students will critique their own work. Later, students will learn how to use a calligraphy pen and produce artful penmanship.
Literary Devices – on going
Students will identify similes, metaphors, alliteration, personification, 3’s, in novels, advertising, etc. Examples will be shared.
This is a generic form letter from Scholastic:
Online Ordering Information
Web address: scholastic.com/bookclubs
Class Activation Code: H32HK
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Of course, you can still order using the form from the printed flyer. But why not see for yourself how convenient it is to order online?