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In this class, We READ and LISTEN to GAIN WISDOM, COMPASSION and PERSPECTIVE

In this class, we WRITE and SPEAK to SHARE WISDOM, COMPASSION and PERSPECTIVE

About Me:

I am so excited to be teaching reading at Olson Middle School! This is my 14th year as a teacher and my 6th year teaching Middle School ELA. I love teaching middle school students! They are enthusiastic, passionate, incredibly bright and most of all, hilarious! I also love being and English Teacher, because it allows me to empower students to use their strengths as readers and listeners to change the world through their writing and speaking! In this global society, our young people need to know how their brilliance can make and incredible impact! These kids are our future, and the future looks bright!

I live in Richfield with my wife, Hannah. Our son, Matt and his daughter, Marilyn live with us, and our daughter, Katie lives with her wife, Bailey in St. Paul. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, going to church, and doing yoga! I am a certified yoga instructor! I am so fortunate to have a wonderfully rich life!

How We Learn:

I teach with a birds-eye view of the standards which 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are working towards. The standards in ELA can be thought of as a spiral staircase: We build on ideas, becoming increasingly more complex and challenging throughout the student's entire education.

Reading Proficiency

In our class, we look at Reading Lexiles

What Is a Lexile Level?

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A popular method used by schools to measure a student reader's ability is Lexile level or a Lexile Measure. A Lexile measure is a valuable tool for teachers, parents, and students. It serves two unique functions: it is the measure of how difficult a text is OR a student's reading ability level.

I choose to be open with students about how their Lexile aligns with grade Levels. I have found that this serves as a concrete way to illustrate the growth goals students need to set to reach grade level proficiency.

 

Education can be compared to anything we work to get better at. Think about a great musician or an amazing athlete, most of the work is done during practice, but we assess the expertise during the big show. Since we are working towards mastery, we need time to practice before we can assess. For that reason, "Practice" assighments are 15% of our grade and Final Assessments are worth 80%. The last 5% of the total grade is participation.