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Back to School Night 2017

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Meg Broz

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Transcript of Back to School Night 2017

NNM Junior High:
A Partnership
"Near North Montessori educates the human potential through a partnership between home and school that fosters intellectual growth, independence, responsibility, and a sense of self-worth."
Back to School Night
Meg Broz & Gregg Sparks

Your child's "homeroom" teachers
Year 9 as a teacher at NNM
Also attended NNM as a student
Degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz
AMI/NAMTA Certification in Adolescent Montessori Education
My daughter, Olive, is in Vinkle & Jennifer's toddler class this year
Diversity and Inclusion of Our Students
We have a different types of students in our class, with different backgrounds, and different learning styles.
Because of this, we do our best to "mix it up" with our content, to keep students interested and engaged.
We provide "mirrors" for all students to see a part of themselves and their personal histories in what we learn about.
We provide "windows" into the lives, histories, and cultures of other people with experiences different from the students' own.
We accommodate for different learning styles.
Junior High Students: What We Can Expect From Them
(or welcome back)
Junior High!

What this means
in 12-14
Partnership between
Requiring understanding, patience,
Meg Broz, Head Teacher
Gregg Sparks,
Associate Teacher
11th year teaching at NNM
Has worked with most age levels; 6 years in 12-14
Degree in Political Science from University of Wisconsin
We want you to be in the know about things happening in the classroom, and we are available to answer your questions.
Email is always the best way to get a hold of us.
We'll do our best to reply to your emails by the next school day.
Meg: mbroz@nnms.org
Gregg: gsparks@nnms.org
Chris: cambroso@nnms.org
Class blog: mbroz.nnms.org
Classroom updates, photos, interesting articles and resources, thoughts on education and adolescents.
Information on assignments can be found in your child's Google Classroom account.
Our "Home classroom"
majority of parent & school communication goes to and comes from here
Students meet at beginning & end of the day
Place for free work periods

Home Classroom Subjects

language arts
social studies
cultural literacy
all other subjects are taught by a variety of teachers in different classrooms
What You Can Expect From Us
Years of experience in adolescent education
Clear messages given to the students about what it means to be a part of our classroom community
Striving to create interesting, multi-faceted lessons & projects
Freedom & Responsibility... More than ever before!
Work changes in 12-14
increased workload
consistent schedule
letter grades
firm deadlines
Increased responsibility on the shoulders of the student
using a planner & calendar
breaking projects up into "bite-sized pieces"
checking work with teachers, parents, peers, tutors
Advocating for oneself is the student's responsibility.
Asking for extra time on an assignment, discussing issues with classmates, clarifying work guidelines...
Students can communicate with us in person, or over email if they're feeling shy!
Our students use technology as a tool for learning
"Paperless Classroom"
Aligns with NNM's mission of sustainability
Students do the majority of their work on Google Drive & Google Classroom
Digital Natives
The Role of the Parent
Communication about things that are going on at home/out of school that may affect your child at school
Support of your child's work, projects, & ideas
Help them "do it alone"
Support & understanding of the Junior High's curriculum & program
Questions about why and how we do what we do? Just ask!
Trust that we have your child's best interests in mind
Letter grades are given for most 12-14 work, but they are not the only way we evaluate and provide feedback to the students
The "Portrait of a Graduate" portion of the report card is equally, if not more, important
I'll be giving a presentation to the students about assessment after the Canoe Trip, and they will be asked to give the same presentation to you!
For most of the incoming 7th graders, this is their first time getting grades.
We won't know what kind of a student they are until a few weeks into the school year
The first trimester is a "trial run"
Opportunities to learn about themselves and improve!
Our Classroom Mission:
Balance and Perspective
School work, home life, activities & hobbies
Getting enough sleep
Health and hygiene
Time to unwind and socialize
Time away from screens
Communicating about their needs
Junior High is only 2 years of your life!
Friend groups will always change
Opportunities to "fail safely"
Some of the most important learned skills can't be "graded"
Different people in the world are having different experiences than we are
“In this fierce battle of civil life a man must have a strong character and quick wits as well as courage; he must be strengthened in his principles by moral training and he must also have practical ability in order to face the difficulties of life.”
Maria Montessori, "From Childhood to Adolescence"
City Trips
"Flex Fridays" have a flexible afternoon schedule
We often leave the building to go on City Trips
Outings where the "Journey is the Goal"
The students learn to become socially aware citizens of Chicago
Can use these skills throughout their life
Navigation, social interaction, etc.
"Help Me Do It Alone"
Communication, organization, time management...
We don't expect students to automatically do this on their own from day one.
We teach lessons on this, and help them work on planning, prioritizing, breaking down long projects, etc.
Preparation for Adult Life
Helping students with executive functioning and organization
Intentionally breaking down large assignments
Providing structure and clear guidelines
Consciously plan large assignments to avoid a big pile up of work due on the same day
Navigation of the city
Providing opportunities for leadership and taking responsibility
Support and encouragement regarding social development
More ways to get information!
Junior High 101
High school meetings (Chris will reach out)
Parent Journey
October and March conferences (7th), January conferences (8th)
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