Welcome to Mr. Woolley's page!
- 8th Grade Pre-AP English classes will use the Springboard curriculum. They will have workbooks to use at school and home throughout the year.
Students will read "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and "Night" by Elie Wiesel. Students will need their own copy of these books.
- Creative Writing classes will use a district curriculum focusing on various forms of storytelling. There are no required books for this course.
- Media and Technology Literacy will use a district curriculum to navigate the nuances of appropriate technology use. There are no required books for this course.
Apart from the other forms of communication, I will use Twitter and Remind101 to communicate from time to time.
Our Class Twitter page is @aaronwoolleycms
For Remind101, you will text the activation code to 81010. Your student will find out their class-specific code during the 1st week of school.
Here's my daily class schedule:
1st - Pre-AP English
2nd - Pre-AP English
3rd - Creative Writing/Media & Tech. Literacy
4th - Conference Period
5th - Pre-AP English
6th - Creative Writing/Media & Tech. Literacy
7th - Pre-AP English
My conference period is 10:44-11:30 am
Tutorials are available any day after school by appt.
If I teach nothing else to your child this year then I want to instill the growth mindset in them.
- I want them to embrace the process of learning (mistakes and all) because they know that they can succeed regardless of how big/small their talent level is in that area.
- I want to remove the mindset that says "It's ok. I know I can't do it. I'm just not an English/Math/Science/History/Sports/Artistic/etc. person".
The full concept can be understood best in Carol Dweck's book, "Mindset", so I'll let her explain it:
"In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports."
"People with a fixed mindset believe that their traits are just givens. They have a certain amount of brains and talent and nothing can change that. If they have a lot, they're all set, but if they don't... So people in this mindset worry about their traits and how adequate they are. They have something to prove to themselves and others.
People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, see their qualities as things that can be developed through their dedication and effort. Sure they're happy if they're brainy or talented, but that's just the starting point. They understand that no one has ever accomplished great things - not Mozart, Darwin, or Michael Jordan - without years of passionate practice and learning."