Hello Panther! Welcome to your first year in high school!!
My name is Kelly Geer and I teach English. I want to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year at the Academy. I am so excited to be a part of the Bartlett family and I am looking forward to an awesome year. English I is an academic course that requires a passing grade to meet graduation requirements; it is a scholarly class that centers on empowered, student-centered learning. For these reasons, students are to maintain a scholarly and intellectual discourse when they are attending my class. This course is designed to be interactive, engaged, progressive, thoughtful, and a strong foundation to achieve optimal ACT/SAT preparation as well as ease for students transitioning into a rigorous high school environment.
My pedagogical approach is to create a space where scholars feel respected, valued, and seen in the context of their intellectual development. It is very important to me that my scholars are respectful, engaged, and prepared in their academic process. I encourage scholars to approach high school in a self-directed and thoughtful manner. Communication is paramount to the success of any healthy relationship and I encourage scholars to communicate with me all throughout the process to make sure they receive the support and encouragement they need to thrive.
I am a former professional ballerina and I have traveled extensively throughout the world. Ballet and travel are profound loves of mine and it has shaped me as an individual. The same level of commitment and integrity required to thrive as a ballerina is the same level of commitment and integrity I show to my scholars. I know together as a learning community we can accomplish our goals.
You will be issued your fabulous 1:1 device later in August. Once that has been issued you MUST bring it - charged - everyday. If you do not come into class prepared, you will swiftly fall behind.
Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns. We are a team and we are in this together! I'm excited for a fantastic school year.
Dear Students of English I,
Lesson: Formal assessment on The Greek Mythology Unit: The Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by William Carlos Williams as well as the painting of the same title by Pieter Brueghal and To A Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph by Anne Sexton. Scholars can use their notes from their what/why/how charts during the assessment.
Comprehension and synthesis of your analysis of Allusion(s), Character, and Poetic Devices used in the context of these works.
Tuesday through Thursday:
Lesson: Teacher-directed lesson and discussion of the three levels of questions a reader can ask of any piece of literature; scholars will practice the three levels of questions in the context of their reading of “The Chaser” by Jon Collier.
Strategies for engaging higher-order thinking (analysis, synthesis, and evaluation) skills to foster a more developed comprehension of great literary works.
Lesson: Formal assessment (quiz) on The Three Levels of Questions.
Independent practice to hone skills of drafting levels of questions, so scholars will know for themselves when they are engaging their higher-order thinking strategies.
Unit 1 vocabulary PowerPoint presentations due Monday, August 27th; quiz is scheduled for Friday, September 1st.
Remember: Be Respectful, Be Engaged, and Be Prepared!!!!!!!
All the course resources, due dates, and blog questions are posted to Edmodo and the BCS website.