The Learning Collaborative -
English Course Description
In English, we...
Explore and develop literacy, i.e., the ability to read, write and speak and conduct research effectively
Project Based Learning
Students engage in a project/problem-based learning environment in this course. They build communication and literacy skills in authentic and relevant contexts, work both individually and collaboratively to develop understanding, publish their work for authentic audiences, and regularly reflect on their learning. Through this approach, students develop critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity skills. They also learn to take ownership of their learning and develop a growth mindset – referred to as "fundamentals" in the course.
"Just in Time" Instruction
Students access content and develop skills primarily through workshops. Workshops may include class discussions, small group activities, targeted skill instruction, reading, research, technology-based activities, instructional videos, lectures, and demonstrations.
Mastery of Learning
Students are assessed on their mastery of literacy skills: reading, writing and speaking. Each project targets specific skills in each main area, e.g., narrative writing, reading literature and collaborative discussion. Students are given scaffolded instruction and multiple opportunities to demonstrate their growth and level of proficiency. They work collaboratively with me and with their peers to develop polished communication skills.
For content scales associated with particular Humanities projects, please see Haiku.
Standards Based Grading
I use Standards Based Grading in this course. This means that
certified grades will reflect the level of proficiency consistently reached in each goal area. The grade book in Haiku is the best resource for following a student's progress toward goals.
Students are responsible for the information and assignments they miss during an absence. Students should review the agendas and activities on Haiku and work with their partners in class to help them with this task.
Late and Revised Work
Seeking feedback and revision is expected. All late and revised work is due at the end of each marking period, i.e., all R1 work is due no later than the last day of R1.