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Transcript of Welcome Parents
Back to School Night 2016
World Geography Adv. 7th Grade
Mr. Larry Dowling
A Little About Me
I was raised in Melbourne
Graduated in 2010 from the University of Central Florida
Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education
Certified in Social Studies (6-12) and Elementary Education (K-6)
This is my sixth year teaching here at Holy Trinity and I love it!
Come in, unpack, and begin the bell work
Bell work usually consists of a question or two that is reviewing what we did the day before or introducing what we will be learning
If there was homework this is when I would be checking it.
After the bell work and homework have been gone over, we begin our new lesson.
This could include: taking notes, reading the textbook, working on projects, etc.
Some things we do out of the classroom:
Computer lab, library, and possibly go on walks by the lake to study geography out in the field.
Average Day in World Geography
About World Geography
World Geography is a seventh grade course that uses geographical skills and concepts to enable students acquire new knowledge, critical thinking skills, and cooperative learning skills. Students are also encouraged to appreciate the freedoms and opportunities afforded to citizens of our country, while gaining a knowledge and appreciation of the world at large, and the global community. Students will gain a global perspective by studying the world and its continents and countries using the five themes of geography. The five themes of geography are: absolute and relative location; human and physical characteristics of place; human and environment interactions – being good stewards of Earth’s resources; movement of people, goods, and ideas; and regions. Reading, writing, thinking, public speaking, problem solving, and working cooperatively are critical skills needed for success in World Geography.
About the Book
Discovering World Geography
ISBN # 978-0-07-893619-7
Reading Essentials and Note-Taking Guide
ISBN # 978-0-07-663608-2
How to Help Your Student
More About World Geography
August: The World (Earth; Water, Climate, Vegetation; Map skills; The World’s People)
September: The United States and Canada
January:North Africa and Southwest Asia/ Middle East
February:Africa South of the Sahara
April:East and Southeast Asia
May:Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica
Students will be graded based on their class participation, and conduct. Tests count for 30%, quizzes count for 25%, classwork counts for 25%, and homework counts for 20% for a total of 100%. Projects will count as tests. All grades are accessible on NetClassroom. If a student drops to a 76% Grade Point Average, an intervention meeting will be mandated. We will meet at lunch or after school. An individual mediation plan will be organized and parent involvement will be encouraged. A typical intervention plan may involve Reading Essential exercises and/or alternate assessments (graphic organizers, oral report, news coverage of current events, etc.) This will be organized in the spirit of Dr. Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory, along with other brain-based research. If any student needs help they can come during my office hours or we can make a time if that does not work. All students can and will learn the material!
The book we will be using is completely online. Some assignments will require students to sign in and complete them through the publisher’s website, https://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do . The students will be issued a login name and password in the beginning weeks of school. This website has great resources to help the students study and experience different aspects of geography. Please use this amazing tool to help complete work and study.
-Students will arrive on time. (5 tardies = referral to Director of Student Life)
-Students will be prepared for class when the bell rings.
-Students will be properly attired according to the uniform code as stated in the the family handbook.
-Academic integrity will be kept at all times~ honor the Honor Code!
-Cell phones must be turned off (not silenced) between the hours of 8:00 am – 2:50 pm. Active cell phones will be confiscated. Please see student handbook for details.
Please refer to the Junior High Discipline Policy and the Skills for Academic Success documents for procedures that we follow as a seventh grade team.
Scotch wall mounts
Salt dough maps
Skills for economic Success