English Language Arts
Students and Caregivers, Welcome!
Here's what you need to know for the 2020-2021 school year...
What do you need to bring to be successful in this class?
In all the research that has been done on “visible learning’--how we know if students are really getting what we teach--scholars examined 256 influences that affect student achievement. By far, the number one influence is Collective Teacher Efficacy (not what age a kid started walking or talking, or if they passed their 3rd grade reading test, or live in wealth or poverty or in between).
Collective Teacher Efficacy: the collective belief of the staff of the school in their ability to positively affect students. CTE has been found to be strongly, positively correlated with student achievement. A school staff that believes it can collectively accomplish great things is vital for the health of a school, and if they believe they can make a positive difference then they very likely will. (Hattie, 2016)
Students and caregivers, I assure you of these three things
We are that staff.
This is that school.
And we believe we will accomplish great things.
I am Mrs. McMath. I have the honor of leading out in reading, writing, and all things literacy related for your seventh grade year. As the leader of this classroom, I will do my best to hold tightly to the following:
- Create safety: I will work preventatively and actively to make this classroom a safe place for every learner.
- Speak with grace: I will lead with language that assumes the best in every student and caregiver.
- Build trust: I will not take for granted the huge honor I have of caring for this child. I will not assume just by bearing the title Teacher that I will be respected. We will work together to accomplish mutual trust.
- Lead with equity: I will fight for every student to have a voice and be treated as the equal individual they are.
- Use humor: I will have fun and invite others to enjoy the learning experience.
- Model humility: As an imperfect human, I will apologize and do damage control when I mess up, when feelings are hurt, when miscommunication happens, when learning doesn’t happen because of something I do.
- Confront with care and concern: I will not look the other way when a word or action demands correction, but I will do so remembering that we all deserve second chances.
- Ask for help: I will ask you to be on my team and beg you to always remember that we're all in this boat together.
- Love without ceasing: I will have bad days, distracted days, tired days, and anxious days. But these are not your fault. Student, I will love you and there’s not a darn thing you can do about it.
You should know that I was not a real reader or writer in school. I simply played the game well enough to end up with a bunch of stuff around my neck at graduation. It took time, the right teacher, the right book, the right writing assignment, and the right mindset. I do solemnly swear that for you I will be that teacher, find that book, write beside you, and try to inspire that mindset.
See you soon!