Notes for all of Dr. Montgomery's Classes

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English language learners (ELLs) learn the language in a way parallel to how infants learn to speak. Listening is the first step--tied to thinking about what they hear. When they are ready, they begin to speak and to watch the way their words influence the people around them. Later they learn to read the words they have been speaking and, once they know what these words look like, they begin to write.

In classes we will be using all of these modes of communicating in English. With the help of computers and other technology, we will be recording our conversations to capture quality thinking before it can be turned into quality writing.

We have additional support in the form of multidisciplinary projects and computer programs which focus on developing skill as we work with the programs. While every effort is made to accomodate our diverse needs in class, computers can provide a great support for all levels of learners. Students are encouraged to make the most of the computer support available in school, after school, and at public libraries. Students with computers at home are encouraged to use those as well.

Most of the time assignments are made and time provided in class to complete them. Work outside of class will usually be to improve the quality of the work to the standards of the class. All work is expected to be completed at a 90% quality-level--with opportunity to revise and improve as we continue to learn.

STAR Categories:

COM=Commit to Learning; ATT=Positive Attitude; CON=Contribute to Class; HAB=Improve Learning Habits; CTM=Collaborative Teamwork; PRC=Put Learning into Practice (See the Star Model in the Classroom library or at this link for more details: .)

Format for Assignments:

Assignment #, Date, Category, Class, Value (Points Available) (Note: 0=Extra Credit; √=required assignment without specific point value), Title, Details (second line for more detail)
Beginning in Quarter 2, Tables are used to separate assignments for the three types of classes and the format above is embedded in the tables.


Students add positive points for assignments. Students earn points for assignments when they are completed and submitted for quality review. Quality expected is 90% or better for each assignment (see CBC below). √ assignments, when completed, add to students’ overall grade (tie-breakers). Points are changed to grades when Progress Reports and Report Cards are due. Points earned are divided into Possible Points and percentages convert to grades. Extra Credit points are not included in Possible Points and so add to students’ individual points earned. Some students may be excused from some assignments due to special circumstances. Therefore, at the end of the grading periods, individual students may have differing possible points against which their points earned are matched.

Competency Based Classroom (CBC) and Mastery Learning

Every effort is made to make sure that assignments represent meaningful work. 90% quality is required for all assignments and tests. Students earning less than 90% when work is submitted are expected to correct errors until they achieve 90% or higher. Whenever possible, additional support and time are extended to allow for students to complete quality schoolwork. Most of the time assignments can be completed during class time and improved outside of class. When outside-school-time is tracked, the numbers are added as extra credit.

For the most up-to-date listing of assignments, go to this website: