Happy New Year (in August)

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Aug 31

The Official New Year (for Teachers and Students)

I realize that New Year's Eve is not for another 120 days, but the New Academic Year moved into full swing last week.

​The room is now decorated, formal introductions have been made with many parents, the syllabus has been published, and the first week of curriculum has been delivered. School has just begun and it is already moving at a rapid pace.

​As the year begins, I want the entire Berry Family - parents and children - to know that I take teaching extremely seriously. It is a true privilege. As I engage in this privilege, I hope that every parent would co-labor with me in the education of his or her child. I will be regularly updating this site, and my desire is that it would be a tool to empower you (parents and guardians) to participate in the academic development of your child.

​Week One in Review (Semester Class)

Speech and Debate is offered in both a one semester class and in an A-Day / B-Day schedule, which requires an entire year of instruction. If your child has Speech and Debate during first period, then his/her class will only require one semester to complete. All other classes (second and fourth periods) will continue throughout the entire school year.

The following is what Speech and Debate I, II, and III (Semester Class) completed this week:

  • students reviewed the class syllabus and procedures
  • students considered the content of Simon Sinek's Golden Circle and applied it to their lives
  • students gave a speech (1 - 2 minutes) introducing themselves to the class
  • students learned and participated in minor roles necessary for a productive speaking environment (time keeper and grammarian)
  • students began an analytical search into how people create meaning though words
  • students started using various literary devices to analyze the texts "Things," by Lisel Mueller, and "Words," by Dana Gioia

​Week One in Review (A-Day/B-Day Class)

The A-Day / B-Day classes have only met about half the time as that of the one semester class. They have consequently completed the following:

  • students reviewed the class syllabus and procedures
  • students considered the content of Simon Sinek's Golden Circle and applied it to their lives
  • students gave a speech (1 - 2 minutes) introducing themselves to the class
  • students learned and participated in minor roles necessary for a productive speaking environment (time keeper and grammarian)

Students in B-Day will be completing their speeches on Tuesday (Sept. 2nd).

More Forthcoming

Please continue to use this site as a resource. As the year progresses, there will be more forthcoming on this site. It is currently in its infancy, but you can anticipate more features and resources as I add newsletter subscriptions, social media, and links to material useful to both students and parents.

Please do not hesitate to e-mail me (patrick.ames@cms.k12.nc.us) with any questions concerning your child or the curriculum. After you have e-mailed me, I will be sure to give you my personal phone number so that I am more accessible to you. Thanks again for all your help and assistance in educating your child. I look forward to a great year together.​

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