Presentation on theme: "Welcome to Social Studies"— Presentation transcript:
1 Welcome to Social Studies Class procedures and rationale
2 Fire Drill ProcedureWe are required to conduct one fire drill per monthExiting the buildingWe will exit the room one row at a time – this automatically forms a single-file line – you must stay togetherWe will exit by the restrooms and walk quickly and quietly to our designated assembly areaThere is absolutely no talking during a fire drillIt is not necessary to stay on the sidewalk – the goal is to reach the assembly area as quickly as possible without runningThe first person in line will hook the outer door so that it stays open for other classes and then catch up with the rest of usI will do a head count when we reach the assembly areaEntering the buildingWe will walk quickly and quietly back to the classroom and take our seats
3 My Contact InformationI can typically be contacted by phone or byPhone: (fastest, except during school)School: (can leave a message)I use the internet (a lot)(one-way – this is not to contact me, it is just for me to put information out there)Class blog: (the link to my site is on the right side of the homepage)
4 About Me Born and raised in Dallas Graduated from Richardson High SchoolServed in the U.S. Army for six yearsHanau am Main, GermanyFort Sill, OklahomaDallas, Texas (active Reserve)
5 About Me Colleges: 20 years in Clint ISD Dallas County Community Colleges (Richland Jr. College)West Texas State University (now part of Texas A&M system)University of Texas at El PasoUniversity of Phoenix (as both student and teacher)Major: History (focus on U.S. and Modern Europe)Minors: Political Science & EducationAdditional Focuses: Paralegal Studies and Information SystemsAdditional Studies: Philosophy, Economics20 years in Clint ISDClint Jr. High, East Montana Middle, Horizon High School, Horizon Middle School
6 Hobbies and Other Things I Like to Do Learn – history, philosophy, business and economics, science, linguistics … it’s all interesting, relevant and connectedRead – for information (learning) and for entertainment; both at once is greatVideo GamesElder Scrolls, Fallout, Assassin’s Creed, Civilization, Mass Effect, Bioshock … mostly games with a good storyTinkering – figuring out how something works or figuring out how to make it work better
7 Quotes There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance Socrates, as quoted by Diogenes LaertiusAll men, by nature, desire to know.Aristotle, MetaphysicsLeisure without study is death; it is a tomb for the living man.Seneca, Epistle 82
8 My Approach to Social Studies Social Studies is not names, dates and places; it is people and all of the things that they doEvery artifact tells you something about who made itEvery book or letter tells you something about the time in which it was written and the person writing itEvery picture or painting tells you something about the people and time in which it was madeThe keys:Seeing is different from lookingListening is different from hearingReading is different from looking at the words
9 Your ApproachBecause Social Studies is everything that people do, it includes a WIDE range of subjectsYou need to understand a lot of things for Social Studies to make sense as anything other than memorizing factsYou cannot be like the Las Vegas commercials:What happens in Math cannot stay in MathWhat happens in ELAR cannot stay in ELARWhat happens in Science cannot stay in ScienceAll of it must come to Social Studies with you
10 Sooo…. Here are the Rules Comply with all federal, state and district policiesDo not do anything that creates unsafe or unhealthy conditions in my classroomDo not do anything that interferes with your learningDo not do anything that interferes with anyone else’s learningDo not let anyone else interfere with your learning
11 Procedures Time is a limited resource Time is a nonrenewable resource There are only 24 hours in a day – no moreThere are only 60 minutes in an hour – no moreThere are only 49 minutes in a class period and there are only 180 class periods in a school year (less, actually)Time is a nonrenewable resourceOnce that minute is gone, it is not coming backBecause time is limited and nonrenewable, it must be used wiselyClassroom procedures are designed to efficiently use the time and other resources we have - if you think something can be done more efficiently, tell me
12 Daily Expectations Be in dress code before entering the classroom No gum or food (this is district policy – I will enforce it)Bring and use the proper materials at the proper timeDo not talk except when the activity requires it or when you have a question (raise your hand first).Stay in your seat unless you have permission to do otherwise.Do not do work from other classes unless you have permissionListen carefully to instructions, execute them to the best of your ability, and ask if you do not understand themParticipate in the lesson by doing the correct activity at the correct time: listen, ask questions, discuss, read, write, research.
13 TomorrowWe will look at the various fields or “strands” of Social StudiesBring back the signed part of my class informationThis is an easy 100 unless you don’t do itQuestions or concerns?