Grade 7 & 8 Social Studies
Daily Warm-ups and Discussions-10%
Homework and In-class Assignments-30%
Any tests, quizzes, or projects will be announced with plenty of time before the due date; I will also post it on my blog every day (under each grade level page). Unless a plan has been made with me before the due date of an assignment, points will be deducted for late papers/projects.
I am one who believes in second chances; often, I will allow students to take their quiz/test home and correct their incorrect responses. Students can earn up to a 75% on test corrections. However, it is the responsibility of the student to make sure the corrections are completed and returned to me within a timely manner. If test corrections are not completed by the due date, I will assume that the student does not wish to fix incorrect responses for a grade adjustment. If the corrections made are still incomplete or incorrect, their grade will be adjusted accordingly.
Blended Report Cards
This year we will be implementing a blended report card. These report cards will have an overall numerical grade (just like in previous years), but will also include grade level standards for each content area. For each standard, students will receive a score ranging from 1 to 4 based upon how they are performing in that standard. Below is a summary for each score:
4 - Exceeds the Standard
Student's work exceeds the expected standard at the time of the report. Student demonstrates an in- depth understanding of skills and/or concepts and the ability to apply the learning to other areas.
3 - Meets the Standard
Student's work meets the standard at the time of this report. Student demonstrates an understanding of the skills and/or concepts. Performance is consistent and accurate with minimal teacher support.
2 - Partially Meets the Standard
Student's work approaches expected standard at the time of this report. Student demonstrates basic understanding of skills and/or concepts. Performance varies in consistency and accuracy. Student requires more teacher support.
1 - Needs More Time to Meet Standard
Student's work does not yet meet this expected standard at the time of this report student demonstrates minimal understanding of skills and/or concepts. Performance is inconsistent, needing frequent teacher support.
/ - This slash would determine that the specific skill/concept has not yet been assessed.
Standard descriptions cited from Center Drive School Report Card.
Habits of Mind
For each content area, students will receive a score for their "habits of mind". Below, you will find some additional information about what the habits of mind are and how students are assessed in those standards.
Completes Assignments; Meets deadlines
3 - Consistently shows strong work habits, marked by completed assignments and met deadlines. Minimal instances of incomplete work or a missed deadline, but not that impacts performance as a student.
2 - Usually shows strong work habits. Occasional instances of incomplete work or a missed deadline, but not that impacts performance.
1 - Inconsistent or irregular work habits. Has periodic or sporadic record of meeting deadlines and completing assignments. This has impact on ability to meet standards.
Prepared for class; Manages time well
3 - Consistently organized, prepared for class with materials at the beginning of the period without reminders. Minimal instances of not using time effectively, but not that impacts performance as a learner.
2 - Usually organized and prepared in regards to materials for class or tardiness. Usually uses class time effectively, but at times has impacted performance as a learner.
1 - Inconsistent with organization and preparation. Needs frequent redirects to use time effectively. Has impacted student as a learner.
Uses ability to work with others; Cooperative
3 - Consistently works well with others. Can work with most anyone without conflict. Is a team player and cooperative with both students and staff during class.
2 - Usually works well with others. Has problems working with others or cooperating with staff on occasion only. Can get back to work when redirected.
1 - Regularly or consistently unable to work with others. Refuses to work in groups on a regular basis. Regularly is uncooperative with peers and staff, disrupting learning for self and others.
Demonstrates Core Values
3 - Consistently models Center Drive’s Core Values towards peers, staff, school and materials.
2 - Usually models Center Drive’s Core Values towards peers, staff, school and materials.
1 - Inconsistent with modeling Center Drive’s Core Values towards peers, staff, school or materials.