Dear Parents and Guardians ~ Welcome to Back to School Night! By now, you’ve probably been to a number of these events before, and you are expecting the same old routine. Let’s get to the heart of this all. Here’s what matters:
We live in an increasingly complicated world. As your child’s teachers, we will do our absolute best to prepare these students to be successful, caring citizens.
Whew! We have a difficult job ahead of us- preparing students for the 21st century. We are ready… and thrilled to take on this challenge with your children. You might be wondering about some of the other basics of this class. We can answer those questions too:
Who is my child’s teacher? My name is Sara Krakauer. This is my 10th year teaching at Innovation Academy. I co-teach HB Salk and HB Gandhi with John Bresnahan.
What is this class and what is it like? We teach Social Studies Project to a combined class of 5th and 6th graders. It’s a two hour class that meets every other quarter (alternating with Science). It focuses on American history (5th grade standards in Massachusetts) and world geography / culture (6th grade standards in Massachusetts).
What will students be learning this year? This year, we’ll be working on two units (you can download the overview and documents on our class website):
- Reaction, Revolution, Reform: U.S. Government, how it came to be, and the American Revolution
- The Global Action Project: World geography and culture, studied through a lens of international development in Africa and the Americas
How are students assessed? As noted in our grading policy, we mostly assess students through rubrics (big projects), but we do have some more traditional homework and tests.
How can I support my child at home? There are lots of ways to support your child with love and attention, but here are a few ways to use technological resources to support what’s happening at school:
- Check X2 regularly!
- Check your child’s planner and the Homework GoogleDoc as needed.
- Log onto Edmodo, our new online forum. Set up an account by using the parent code that your child gave you (or can access when they log in). Monitor participation.
Oh, and how was your summer in China? Wonderful! If you haven’t already checked it out, this site includes my blog so you can see lots of photos and videos about my experience. And here’s some highlights:
Have questions, comments, or ideas about 21st century education? Email me any time: firstname.lastname@example.org.