Study Skills/Social Skills Mrs. Amy Lafferty, M.Ed. Council Rock High School North (215) 944-1358 62 Swamp Road Alafferty@crsd.org Newtown, PA 18940 Syllabus revised 8/2010 Course Description: This course is offered as an alternate day course. It is designed to give students individual attention in order to meet the goals of the IEP in the content areas as well as promote the acquisition of skills in such areas as test-taking, report writing, reading strategies, time management, use of resources, and self-advocacy. Collaboration The success of this course is based on the communication and collaboration among the students, the teachers, and the parents. Teachers are asked to communicate with the study skills teachers when assignments are missing or incomplete. Any incomplete tests or quizzes may also be sent to study skills. While teachers are encouraged to send assignments, it is optional to do so. Some teachers prefer to meet with the student personally. When assignments are not being completed or the student is unproductive during class, the study skills teacher will contact the parents. Grading Each day the students are graded on a five-point scale: (1) Point for being present and arriving to class on time. (2) Points for having an assignment book with assignments written down. (2) Points for productivity and cooperation throughout the class. Additional assignments will be given periodically to address test-taking strategies, time-management skills, organization, communication skills, and social skills. Final exam is worth 25% of the fourth marking period grade. Daily Routines Each day the students are expected to come into class and sit at their desks. Student folders are on the desks when the students enter the class. There will be a Problem of the Day posted daily. Problems of the Day are quick brainstorm activities for the students to come in and work on. These problems are generally brainteasers, mathematics, and grammar activities. The teacher will conference with students one-on-one; the student reviews what is being done in each class (i.e. homework assignments, class assignments, projects, upcoming tests or quizzes.) Pre-teaching and Re-teaching concepts learned in core classes. Self-Management We will work on Units to develop: *Self-Awareness *Evaluating behaviors and consequences *Setting goals *Communication *Organization utilizing work stations *Developing Plans/Making decisions *Self-reinforcement Social Skills *Direct Instruction on specific skills *Role Playing *Modeling *Psycho-educational counseling sessions. *Growth and Human Development/Sexuality Educator Clinic I am available Tuesdays and Thursdays for Clinic. Please do not hesitate to ask for extra help if you have major concerns about or are struggling with any concepts or assignments in this course. Classroom Expectations See Classroom Code of Conduct All of the school rules in your student handbook apply in the classroom. Students are expected to anticipate any printing problems before the due date If any words or ideas other than your own are used in your work, they must be documented. Otherwise, your work will be given a failing grade, and administrative action will be taken. Please see your student handbook for Council Rock’s Academic Integrity policy. School Website All information, assignments, upcoming projects, tests dates, etc. are posted daily on my website. To access my teacher website, find the north homepage and click on faculty. The faculty names are alphabetized. Lafferty, Amy. On the left hand side of my page is Study Skills/Social Skills. Social Skills/Study Skills “I understand the above syllabus requirements, expectations, and grading procedures.” Student Name (please print) ____________________________ Student Signature ____________________________ Date ____________________________ Parent Name (please print) ____________________________ Parent Signature ____________________________ Date ____________________________ This is your first assignment. Please have this signed and returned to school.
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