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#ROMUNinROME Italy-Bound Steve Chisnell, ROMUN Advisor 24 June 2016 When Royal Oak’s Model UN travels, it does it with a political purpose in mind. That’s why our trip to Italy over the next two weeks will include discussions with UN High Commission on...read more
I attended the Royal Oak drama club’s performance of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. I thought the performance in general was pretty good. There were a few things about the play that I didn’t like, but mostly the performance and what the director did...read more
Royal Oak Drama Club had an interesting take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Personally, I’m not a big fan of plays or old literature. My interests are in more modern/recent books and movies. We read the play together in class, and for someone like me...read more
ResourcesIt doesn’t matter what class you’re in: understanding basic technology use, learning some writing tips, or refining your presentation skills–here are some ideas for everyone.
While my main goal with students is to improve their literacy, what that means becomes a bit complicated. Literacy means thinking critically–both deeply and broadly–about the culture in which we live and learn. Literacy means composition in traditional written forms but also oral performance, close reading skill, and digital composition. Developing literacy is a process rather than an end (I am still learning!), so experimentation, risk-taking, and failure are common: but growth as a writer composing within a dynamic world is not optional. This means authentic assessment projects, cross-disciplinary challenges, democratic participation and service, collaborative teamwork, professional discourse, and an inherent desire to learn are expected behaviors of the literate student.
This is a fancy phrase which simply means that students are rewarded primarily for achieving success in several key areas of the curriculum (standards) and not by the number of points they earn from doing extra “work” or the amount of time it takes to learn that success.
Therefore, a student who earns an “A” on the seventh effort of an essay earns the same amount of credit as the student who earned it on the second try. It’s the success that matters. Equally, doing 100% of the assignments at 60% skill level does not demonstrate successful learning, and doing “extra credit” at the same level of performance may have once earned “points,” but points are not entirely relevant to grades. See the individual class pages to see how this is handled in each class and on MiStar.
My expectation is that all students succeed, but I recognize that not all students succeed in any skill on the same timetable. Therefore, any scores that fall below the “successful” standard (a “B,” a 3 of 4 pts, or a 6 on the AP 9-pt scale, etc.) may be revised until success is achieved. The conditions for revision vary for each assignment.
Learning By Controversy and Inquiry
MYP and College Board
Technology Access Expectation
Education is Freedom.
- Paulo Freire
What will destroy us:
When dialogue ends, everything ends.
- Mikhail Bakhtin