Class Overview

                                                                                       Welcome to…

          Mrs. Domanski’s ELA Class!

My name is Mrs. Domanski (formerly Ms. Tonini), and this is my 7th year teaching at Bedminster School! I am so excited to start off the school year and to get to know all of you! The following overview will provide you with information about what to expect in ELA class, overall responsibilities, and how you can meet success in this class this school year.

Required Materials

  • Pencils/Colored Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Headphones/Earbuds

**When we return to in-person instruction, it is very important that students have the above materials with them consistently; student materials cannot be shared with other students.**

 

ELA Overview

 

This school year, the middle school ELA team will continue using a balanced literacy approach. Through a gradual release model, students are versed in New Jersey Student Learning Standards for a middle school ELA student. 

 

Typical ELA Class:

First 10-15 Minutes

Students will have time for logging onto computers/Google Meet and for independent reading.

  • On Wednesdays, the first part of our Google Meet meeting will also include time for “Wednesday’s Weekly Pick”: a designated time teachers and students can share the beginning pages of a recommended book.

10-15 Minutes

Teacher-Directed Mini-Lesson with Read-Aloud books, Guided Practice, and/or Partner Practice

15 Minutes

Independent Practice: During this time, students will be applying a skill they learned during the mini-lesson to their own independent reading books or independent writing assignments. Teacher(s) will be available for small group reinforcement and individual conferencing.

Last 5 Minutes

Wrap-up with review of concepts learned and review of outstanding assignments/homework

 

Students are expected to read 20+ minutes at home in addition to any reading done in class.

 

It is expected that all students have an independent reading book (I.R.B.) with them at all times. Books are available from my classroom library in addition to the school library. All books that are in my classroom library can be viewed online by using Booksource Classroom LINK. This is also how students can check-out/check-in books. 

THERE ARE OVER 1,000 BOOKS IN ROOM 307!

 

Google Classroom

            Google Classroom will be used on a daily basis in ELA class. All assignments and related materials/links will be posted, reviewed, and graded within this platform. If you would like to see your child’s work, simply ask him/her to login to his/her Google Classroom for ELA. The most recent assignments will always appear at the top of the “stream” of the Google Classroom page.        

Grading System:

*Reading & Writing Workshop: 30%

*Tests: 30%

*Quizzes: 20%

*Classwork/Homework: 20%

 

*Formal assignments and projects will have a designated rubric. All formal assignments and projects will receive 10 points off each day they are late.

*Daily Assignments & Homework Grading:

√+ (100)-The assignment was completed with exceptional effort, is on time, and has minimal errors (if any).

(80)-The assignment is complete, on time, but it may have errors.

√- (60)-The assignment is late, incomplete, and/or may have many errors.

0-The assignment is over 2 days late and/or is mostly incomplete.

 

*It is important to regularly check your child’s grades in the online portal (Genesis). They will be updated regularly. In addition, all homework assignments are posted on my teacher page.*

 

How Can I Help My Child in School?

As the parent/guardian of a middle school student, I don’t need to tell you, your hands are full! These are a few quick ways you can help your child when it comes to school:

< > Ensure your child gets enough sleep each night (without their cell phone!) and eats breakfast every morning. On days your child is participating in online instruction, assist him/her with following his/her schedule.  Designate time for homework and reading (at least 20 minutes a night). This may be right after school, before dinner, or right after an after-school snack, but whatever your routine it-stick to it! Before long, you will find your child following these routines without the constant reminders. Talk to your child. A typical middle school response to, “What did you do today?” is “Nothing”. Believe me, they didn’t do “nothing”. You just have to push a little further and ask a few more questions.