12th year teacher
English Language Arts
Master's Degree in Education
Secondary Education Certification
College Board Trained in AP Language and AP Literature
Wayne State University
Aristotle once said, “Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”
When a student completes her schooling and moves into adult life, she will be judged not by her ability to perform on tests of basic skills, but by the quality of her character and the quality of her work. When do we expect young people to develop the passion and skills to do work of quality if we do not support this sharply and deeply in school?
For students and teachers, excellence is built through an ongoing process of examining models of strong student work, and examining their own work, to create a shared vision of what we are aiming for: what constitutes quality. For teachers, this process informs instruction and planning; for students, it promotes critical thinking, creativity and craftsmanship.
“Models of Excellence.” Why Student Work Matters. EL Education. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.
Here are some articles on the topic:
DUE: Start of Class, Friday, September 30th
President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
In my experience, students struggle with finding value and/or relevance in the work they are asked to complete while in the classroom.
In my opinion, it is the job of an effective teacher to be able to help students see the value and/or relevance in what we are doing in class. At the same time, an effective student needs to open their minds to welcome those opportunities.
An effective student TRUSTS that the teacher knows the whys (PURPOSE) and the whats (CONTENT), and an effective teacher is able to guide students through the hows (ANALYSIS/PROCESS).
Students, please trust your teachers – and have an open mind.
It will be worth it in the end!
Per your request, here is the protocol for the literary terms project for A Separate Peace.
DUE: next Friday, September 30th
Don’t forget! You can always access this blog for information OR email Ms. Sabbagh directly at SabbagS@dearbornschools.org.
Have a system in place – don’t let absences bring you down!
Be accountable – every day of your education counts towards your present and future success!
In a section clearly delineated for reading, follow this protocol for EACH chapter.
Reading Rx: I recommend reading at least twenty minutes every night. Sustained silent reading will take place each week (probably on Fridays), followed by reflective journaling. A project for this book will be handed out towards the middle of October.
For extra credit, email me a picture of you doing this with your book.