Mrs. Amy Burkitt

Mrs. Amy Burkitt


aburkitt@piketon.k12.oh.us 

7th grade Keyboarding & Computer Applications 
Introduction...

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...

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 policies/stuffJ...

 

Classroom Rule…

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). 

 

Grading Scale…

I utilize a weighted grading scale as follows:

·        Projects & Tests (quarterly bellwork reviews, larger-scale lab projects, etc.)          50%

·        Independent Work (bellwork quizzes, vocabulary, etc.)                                   25%

·        Group Work (in-class discussions, whole-class projects, partner work, etc.)           15%

·        Homework (weekly two-sided page)                                                                     10%

 

Positive Reinforcement…

I believe wholeheartedly in positive reinforcement and praise—we all like to hear when we’re doing well!

·        Our “Spec’tech’ular 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). 

·        Our “Brownie 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 ). 

·        Finally, our “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.

 

Supplies...

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. 

 

Textbooks...

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.

 

Bellwork...

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 week. 

 

Homework...

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. 

 

Curriculum...

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

 

 

CURRENTLY…



Students are working on mastering the keyboard with speed and accuracy.  We began with our home-row keys and are progressing from there.  Daily Bellwork, Weekly Homework, Weekly WPM Tracking, and Tech Team Challenges are all underway.

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