Welcome 7th and 8th graders!
How's it going? My name is Mrs. McCabe and I'll be your language arts teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. Maybe you love to read, maybe you don't, maybe writing is your passion, or maybe you cannot stand to look at a pencil. No matter your level of love for language arts, I promise by the end of the school year you will find some aspect of the subject to be more enjoyable than you ever thought possible. Reading and writing are such powerful tools of expression and it's my goal to help you unlock that means through fun, engaging lessons. Reading is so much fun - I'd venture to say it's even better than video games! That's a truly bold statement coming from myself because I happen to love video games.
In our class, it is important to remember a few things:
1. We are a family
Remember the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch? "Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind." I take this phrase to heart in my classroom. We will see each other so much throughout the year, thus we should treat one another with care, respect and kindness.
School is difficult. Trust me, I know. We will work together as a team to make sure we all understand the concepts being presented. And, hey, I get it! Some days are better than others! If you don't understand something the first time around, I am ALWAYS happy to reteach or even work extra with you. We'll practice until we understand.
3. Be prepared
This always makes me think of Scar from The Lion King, but I'm not planning to take over the pride. I mean this in a, "please try to have what you need to succeed" kind of way. It's tricky to get started when you have to run back to another room because you forgot something. That being said...
4. No worries
I get it. We all have off days. Please don't ever feel as though you can't pull me aside and tell me if something is going on. If you don't say something, I won't know and will just assume everything is ok. Talk to me! I'm here to help!
Honestly, this speaks for itself. Have you ever heard the old saying, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink?" Education is the same way. I can put on a full Broadway show presenting the materials, but if you don't put forth the effort to work with me, I can't help much.
Not too difficult, right? I'm so thrilled to be your teacher this year, and I haven't even met you yet! Let's work together to make this a year worth remembering and to have an absolute blast while we work. I'll see you all at the Ice Cream Social or on the first day of school!
Your amazingly fantastic and hyperbolic teacher,
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