Hello! I'm Mrs. Burkitt, and I teach 7th grade Keyboarding & Computer Applications here at Piketon Junior High School. This is my 17th year of teaching, having spent ten years in gifted education for the Ross-Pike E.S.D. before joining the Scioto Valley staff teaching 5th grade math for five years and now, for my 2nd year, instructing 7th grade Keyboarding & Computer Apps. I LOVE teaching and look forward to working with your child this year! I'm a proud product of the Scioto Valley Local School system; so I have been, am, and always will be proud to be a Redstreak!
Welcome to 7th
grade! I will be one of your child’s
teachers this year; I look forward to working with your child in developing his
or her keyboarding skills and progressing him or her through many computer
concepts! This marks my 17th
year of teaching, having taught gifted intervention (LEAD), 4th
grade self-contained, 5th grade math (yep, I already know about half
of you from having you two years agoJ), and now 7th
grade keyboarding and computer apps (for my 2nd year). I’m
a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education
with a mathematics concentration, a master’s degree in curriculum and
instruction with an emphasis in gifted education, and supervision
licensure. My husband, Todd, and I are
products of Scioto Valley Local Schools, and we’re happy to live and work in
Piketon. Please take a moment to
familiarize yourself with my classroom rules, grading scale, and other
Respect yourself (do your best; try
your hardest; be motivated), others (offer respect and compassion; avoid
fighting/arguing; be helpful), and all belongings (use computers properly;
treat supplies with care; be neat) at all times (24/7, 365¼...even though
that’s not all school time J).
I utilize a weighted grading scale
& Tests (quarterly
bellwork reviews, larger-scale lab projects, etc.) 50%
quizzes, vocabulary, etc.) 25%
Group Work (in-class
discussions, whole-class projects, partner work, etc.) 15%
two-sided page) 10%
I believe wholeheartedly in positive
reinforcement and praise—we all like to hear when we’re doing well!
Work” board is for recognizing student achievement; students collect stickers
for earning A’s, B’s, or C’s on quizzes, projects, or tests. When a row of stickers is filled, the student
gets to choose an item out of the “Prize Patrol” basket; when an entire sheet
is filled, the student receives a can of pop (which can absolutely not be
opened in the computer lab at allJ).
Points” boards are for recognizing positive student behaviors; when a dozen
positive behavior comments are accumulated, the class earns a pan of homemade
brownies (and no, we won’t eat those in the room eitherJ).
Our “Top Ten
Typists of the Week” area recognizes student keyboarding skills based on speed
and accuracy. Each listing earns a
student a “Tech Token,” which is entered into a quarterly drawing for a pizza lunch
party (ten winners drawn...and of course, pizza will be eaten outside of the classroom—definite
“no food in the lab” themeJ ).
“Homework Heroes” board will track homework completion by class; the winning
class (with the highest percentage of homework completed) each quarter earns a
“Free Friday” of no homework with the time usually spent on homework checking
and typing being used as internet (educational games onlyJ) time.
No special supplies are required of
students for this class; however, students are expected to always have a pencil
ready. I supply student folders because
I want each class to have a particular color, and I provide a small computer
supply basket at each station. Of
course, donating general classroom items (such as tissues, pencils, hand
sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, computer screen wipes, etc.) is always
appreciated and welcome.
Our textbook is by Glencoe and
titled, Keyboarding Connections: Projects and Applications. Textbooks will remain in the classroom on
stands by each computer. As with any
textbook, students are asked to treat them (and the plastic stands upon which
they are placed) with care.
Upon entering the classroom, your child
will have daily bellwork. Each day,
Monday through Thursday, a technology term will be spelled, defined, and used in
a sentence. A weekly thought/quotation
will also be shared and discussed. This
bellwork paper will be kept in your child’s folder here in the classroom until
Thursday, when it’s completed and may be brought home for review. Each Friday, we’ll take a quick “quiz” over
these four tech terms and the one thought/quote that we’ve discussed for the
To add a dimension of responsibility
to the classroom, your child has a single two-sided homework sheet dealing with
Word Ladders each week. This homework is
placed in a folder by the classroom door each Monday (or first day of the week
if we’re out for a holiday). It is due
by Friday. Your child may take it from
the folder whenever he or she would like.
We will check homework on Fridays, and then students will use the terms
from the homework sheet as a keyboarding assignment dealing with speed and
accuracy. A student’s homework grade is
based on completion of the homework on time, not correct answers or the
keyboarding portion of it.
We will be starting the year with a
focus on keyboarding. Specifically,
we’ll begin with the home-row keys and progress from there, emphasizing speed
and accuracy. Our first Daily Bellwork
and Weekly Homework will begin during our first full week of school; along with
establishing our Tech Teams for monthly technology-based, in-class group work
challenges. As the year progresses, your
child will complete projects using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. The topics or content of these projects will
link to standards your child is covering in Language Arts, Math, Science,
and/or Social Studies in hopes of providing further review.
Once again, let me say I am thrilled
to be teaching your child! If you ever
have any questions about your child’s work or progress, please don’t hesitate
to call...PHS (740)289-2254—my conference period is 7th period from
12:47 – 1:34 P.M. daily. I’m looking
forward to a fabulous 2012-2013 school year!
Hope you are, too! J