Letter, Expectations, Goals, and Objectives

Dear English IV, Honors English IV, and AP Literature and Composition Students and Parents: 

I am happy to welcome you to E102 and to your twelfth-grade English course or courses for this school year.  The focus for each course is developing skills in reading, language usage, writing, and research, but there is a strong connection with British literature in each course too. 
 
English IV, Honors English IV, and AP Literature and Composition are demanding courses, with regular in-class and homework reading assignments, essay tests and literature-based essays, and research projects, in addition to regular language usage and vocabulary exercises.  

Spring Creek has many school rules, and my policy is to follow the school rules in all cases (please refer to Spring Creek High School’s Grades 9-12 Student Handbook).  I do not have separate rules for the class because the Student Handbook covers virtually all situations that the students and I might face concerning classroom procedures and behavior.  I do, however, endorse the Partnership for 21st Century Skills’ Milestones for Improving Learning and Education (MILE) Guide for 21st Century Skills that teachers at Spring Creek will use this year as we seek to challenge our students to meet high expectations in developing life skills, thinking and learning skills, and 21st century skills (please note the pages following this letter). 

My expectations are high, but I know that Spring Creek students can and will meet them.  I trust that this will be a good school year for us all, and I look forward to getting to know you better as the year progresses.  I hope that you will contact me with any questions or concerns; my school e-mail is christyshivar@wcps.org or you can leave a phone message for me at (919) 751-7160. 

Sincerely, 
 
 
 

Christy Shivar, Teacher  

 

 

 Life Skills and Class Expectations 

Accountability

    • Student will set and meet high standards and goals for self and others in the class

Adaptability

    • Student will adapt to varied roles and responsibilities in the class
    • Student will tolerate ambiguity and changing priorities in the class

Ethics

    • Student will demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior in personal, classroom, school, and community contexts

Leadership

    • Student will use interpersonal and problem-solving skills to influence more than one classmate toward a goal
    • Student will have the ability to leverage strengths of others to accomplish a common class goal

People Skills

    • Student will work appropriately and productively with others in the class

Personal Productivity

    • Student will utilize class time efficiently and manage class workload
    • Student will be punctual and reliable in regards to class assignments

Personal Responsibility

    • Student will exercise personal responsibility and flexibility in personal, classroom, school, and community contexts

Self-direction

    • Student will monitor own understanding and learning needs in the class
    • Student will demonstrate initiative to advance professional skills levels in the class
    • Student will have the ability to define, prioritize, and complete tasks without direct oversight in the class
    • Student will demonstrate commitment to learning as a lifelong process

Social Responsibility

    • Student will act responsibly with the interests of the class, school, and larger community in mind

 

from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Milestones for Improving Learning and Education (MILE) Guide for 21st Century Skills

 
Thinking and Learning Skills  

Collaboration Skills

    • Student will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse teams
    • Student will be willing to be helpful and make necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal

Communication

    • Student will articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively

Contextual Learning Skills

    • Student will have the ability to take advantage of education in a variety of contexts both inside and outside the classroom, understanding that knowledge is acquired within a context

Creativity and Innovation Systems

    • Student will demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work
    • Student will develop, implement, and communicate new ideas to others
    • Student will be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills

    • Student will exercise sound reasoning in understanding
    • Student will make complex choices
    • Student will understand the interconnections among systems
    • Student will frame, analyze, and solve problems

Information and Media Literacy

    • Student will understand, manage, and create effective oral, written, and multimedia communication in a variety of forms and contexts
    • Student will analyze, access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information in a variety of forms

ICT Literacy

    • Student will use technology in the course of attaining an utilizing 21st century skills

 

from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Milestones for Improving Learning and Education (MILE) Guide for 21st Century Skills

 
Guide for 21st Century Skills  

Global Awareness

    • Student will use 21st century skills to understand and address global issues
    • Student will learn from and work collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions, and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, classroom, school, and community contexts
    • Student will have the ability to use non-English languages as a tool for understanding other nations and cultures

Financial, Economic, Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy

    • Student will know how to make appropriate personal economic choices
    • Student will understand the role of the economy and the role of business in the economy
    • Student will use entrepreneurial skills to enhance school and workplace productivity and career options

Civic Literacy

    • Student will be an informed citizen to participate effectively in government
    • Student will exercise the rights and obligations of citizenship at classroom, school, local, state, national, and global levels
    • Student will understand the classroom, school, local, and global implications of civic decisions

Health Literacy

    • Student will have the ability to access health information and service, navigate health institutions, and act as an effective advocate to improve health for self, family, classroom, school, and community
    • Student will understand preventive physical and mental health measures, including proper diet, nutrition, exercise, risk avoidance, and stress reduction
    • Student will demonstrate understanding of national and international health

 
from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Milestones for Improving Learning and Education (MILE) Guide for 21st Century Skills

 

 


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