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[LastPost: 08-07-2008 2:07 PM]
I am a school psychologist and I run a CDS for grades 9-12 with two teachers and two classrooms. An ongoing issue here has been collaboration/team teaching to reduce the number of teacher preps, provide a conference period, and give teachers an opportunity to either teach to their area of interest/expertise.
I would like to know how other high school Community Day Schools schedule their teachers and their daily programs. I'd appreciate any ideas anyone out there has.
Teach with movies
Ihave used the following site for many years. This site has hundreds of movies we can use in the classroom. The website also supplies discussion questions, lesson plans and activities for students. This site also has partnered with Character Counts! and allows users to search for movies under the six pillars. There is a minimal cost for the year of $11.00
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Standards Based Instruction
Is anyone using (and happy with) instructional materials for 6-8th grade students that have helped raise student test scores? Ideally, I'd like programs for math and language arts that will allow for whole class instruction coupled with independent or small group remediation. Access to computers isn't a problem. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Project Based Units
High School Curriculum
We have a Community Day 9-12 program in Watsonville, Pajaro Distrcit. We have 60 students. We attempt to solve the diverse curriculum needs with the PASS program. If you have Migrant students, this program is totally free. Migrant provides free workbooks, and students take tests on line.
We are trying to promote consistency with our instructors toward the issuance of credits. What does one credit look like? As a general rule how much time, chapters, and effort is used to gain one credit. Subject differences and student talents aside is their a general practice being used by most?
I'm interested in how folks deal with expelled H.S. students who are on a college prep track and have parents advocating for grade level appropriate course work in all subject areas. We are a 9-12 school with 14 students and one teacher. Any suggestions?
I teach Grades 7-12 in a Community Day School located in the Sacramento area. I really need some ideas on how to structure a Math Program with a minimum of four grade levels in each class. I have students working in Middle School Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Intervention Math/Algebra, and occasionally Geometry.
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"Literature on Film" Class
I teach 9th- and 10th-grade at-risk students at Lighthouse Community Day School in Fort Bragg (north coast above S.F.) As many of you have probably experienced, many of my students are reluctant readers. Last year a colleague and I created a "Literature on Film" class to help remedy this. The list of movies based on books is really quite extensive - and many of the books are on the California Dept. of Education list of recommended reading.
We have created questionnaires for each film - usually between 35 and 50 questions. Sometimes students view the entire movie and answer the questions at the end; sometimes I stop the film every 15 -20 minutes and have students answer the questions. We've also included 2 - 3 personal opinion questions at the end of the questionnaires that require higher-level thinking skills. Not only do the movies stimulate interesting class discussions, but some of my students then read the book! Check with your local video store to see if they'll loan you the movies for use in your classroom. If not, perhaps they'll at least give you a discount.
A few of the film titles are Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Catch Me If You Can, The Color Purple, Cool Hand Luke, Field of Dreams, Forrest Gump, Fried Green Tomatoes, Gorillas in the Mist, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Escape, In the Heat of the Night, Little Big Man, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, The Mighty, My Dog Skip, My Uncle Silas, October Sky, Of Mice and Men, Pay It Forward, The Piano Lesson, Places in the Heart, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Rain Man, The Right Stuff, A River Runs Through It, The Sandlot, Simon Birch, Snow Falling on Cedars, To Kill a Mockingbird, Where the Heart Is, Where the Red Fern Grows, White Oleander, and The Wizard of Oz. If you're interested in any of our curriculum guides, e-mail me and I'll send you a list of available titles.
P.S. After creating this course, I was online searching for lists of books on film and discovered that another alternative education teacher, Michael Vetrie, had already created a similar course. You can read about Michael and his "Teacher of the Year" award by going to http://www.cceanet.org/teacher/00teacher.htm.
Creating Your Own Website
I recently developed a lesson plan entitled "Creating Your Own Website" for my students who enjoy computers and are not threatened by them. The kids absolutely love it. And once the more capable students have succeeded at this task, they're more than willing to help others do the same. I've even had a few reluctant students work through their fears about computers once they see how "cool" it is to have their own website.
The free Geocities.com PageBuilder program allows students (and adults as well) to create a very professional-looking website. I created a website for my school using the program, and you can see what's possible by going to www.geocities.com/lighthousecds.
If you're interested in this assignment, just e-mail me and I'll be happy to send you a copy.
Ideas for Instruction?
Please post any ideas you have for instruction that have worked particularly well with CDS population. Any helpful resource links, suplementary materials, ect.