General Class Info
Your grades are calculated from a variety of factors including your written work, presentations, lab work, and social functioning. Descriptions of each assessment can be found on the Unit Maps, and the Curriculum Map and Grading Rubric for everything you will be graded can be accessed by clicking the buttons above right.
What Should I be Doing in Class?
Our classes are broken up into smaller parts called, formats. In CTE class, the formats are generally the same as in your other classes, but they may feel a little different. A typical class period in CTE looks something like this:
- Mini-lesson (10 min): in the mini-lesson you will get a lot of the information you will need to know to succeed in class. Some of the topics that are explored in the mini-lesson include: safety procedures for new tools, demonstration of construction techniques, discussions about current news stories, explanation of new assignments, or grassroots lessons about learning obstacles.
- Unison Reading (25 min): on research days, we will have formal, timed Unison Reading sessions like in your other classes. Remember, you are free to choose any text that interests you as long as it is relevant to our Unit. That means you don't always have to grab the textbook first - there are many interesting books in our class library, as well as thousands of fun texts, videos, and graphics to be found online. On Lab days, Unison Reading will probably look less formal and more spontaneous. For example, if your group is working on wiring a light switch, you may need to stop to Unison Read the installation manual, and a "how-to" book or YouTube video. This is still Unison Reading, and you should utilize it whenever your group has a Breach.
- Work Time (about 25 min): this is your opportunity to complete your research and lab work. You are free to work individually (unless we're doing a team project), with your teammates, or with other group members I am always available as a guide, but you should first use class resources to solve your Breaches. Remember that you are responsible for both written research and lab work for every unit. During lab days, my suggestion is to rotate the members of your group each class so everyone has a chance to do both research and hands-on work, and so you are not scrambling at the end of the unit to finish researching.
- Conference (10 min): this is your chance to have a 1-on-1 with me, but you must bring something to the table -- have a breach you are having trouble with ready to talk about. We will discuss ways you can solve it.
- Team Brief (10 min): after researching your own topics, teams should get back together to discuss what you learned and make plans for the next class. You can also use this time to add your summaries into the Team's Brief document that will be presented at the end of the Unit.
The Research Cycle
Your research in this class should follow a structure that clearly progresses from asking questions to answering them to teaching others about your new knowledge. Please follow each step in order and file your work either in your Team Folder or a folder on Google Drive.
Step 1 - Study Guide Questions
Step 2 - Low-level Research
Step 3 - High-level Research