Parent Welcome Letter

Hello students and parents,

 

Welcome to English 111 and 011 -- August 2020

 

Please do not be confused, while taught by a BCEC staff member, this is a college course with all the associated expectations. We will be following the college’s expectations closely. I have eight previous years of college teaching experience as well as a Masters Degree in English. I am fully aware of the rigor and level of achievement the students will need to acquire to gain course credit and will work diligently to help your child achieve that goal.

 

With that in mind, there are no “optional” assignments, extra credit, or “filler” work.  All assignments are designed to promote growth and competency in the students communication and writing skills to better prepare them for their future coursework both here and when they transfer.

 

Deadlines are firm. Only one 24-hour extension will be given to a paper (paper assignment 1 or Annotated Bib paper 2) provided the student notifies in writing to Dr. Lanahan and myself the reason behind the emergency extension (funeral, family catastrophe, hospitalization). The exception to this is with the final exam / research paper. As final grades must be completed in a very tight timeframe for the college, any extensions simply are not possible. (This is also the campus-wide policy.) However, obviously things arent as they usually would be COVID has impacted our families and community. Please contact me asap if there are accommodations that need to be considered.

 

With the exception of the two weeks of onboarding, assignments will have a week to complete. Major papers are worked on for several weeks with opportunities for drafts and revisions so there really is no reason for late papers. All deadlines will be posted far in advance.  

 

The assignments that make up the 40% Class Activities will not be accepted late for any reason as these are used in class when due. To not have one of those assignments completed on time is to not be prepared for class. These grades are a way for the students to accept responsibility, contribute to their learning, and an easy way to accumulate a good GPA. Dont forget there is time built into the schedule to facilitate the completion of these assignments. 

 

Attendance - students will be attending class Monday through Friday. While we realize that a traditional college class meets only three times a week, these extra days are to facilitate success in the course. To be counted present during the two-week onboarding, students need to complete their daily assignments by 2PM that day. During remote learning, students need to be on Zoom during their assigned class block with the camera on and ready to work. This is a BCS requirement.

  

Most college classes expect students to spend at least double the course credit hours in the completion of homework. So, therefore, the three credit English 111 would expect to have approximately six hours of homework per week. To help facilitate success, I will have office hours from 2-4 PM (m/T/W/F) where students are welcome to drop in as needed. Whether remote or in-person, the extended course time provides time for roughly half of the workload the student will anticipate for the course. Students can also schedule individual conference time from 8-9AM, M-F.

 

We will follow the BCEC calendar as well as the ABTech calendar. When BCEC is closed, class will not be in session. However, students can expect classwork to continue while school is not in session. There is always som

ething on Moodle that needs to be read, edited, revised, posted about, or written. I strongly encourage students to keep revisiting the Moodle to make sure their work is up to date. I will send a weekly announcement to clarify the focus of the coursework and to provide extra guidance. Parents if your child gives you their access code to Moodle, you would be able to view their assigned work, grades, and feedback as the course progresses. I cannot provide that access to you, but your child can.

 

Please note that the texts are college level reading and some pieces may be deemed controversial. (See full syllabus for further details). Texts are selected by the college for their literary merit and ability to encourage growth. Any pieces that I supplement will likewise be valuable. Students will learn to exhibit stamina in reading texts and appropriate note-taking skills.

 

Writing is a recursive process meaning that students will be forming drafts, editing, revising, as well as scheduling time with the writing lab and peer editing. Diligent effort will be expected.  Outcomes will be modeled and supports in place via Moodle links, assigned text, during synchronous classes, and supported during office hours as needed. 

 

English 011 has been assigned to some students that may need extra support. Those classes will meet with me on Thursday with the rest of the students attending Mrs. Meadows ACT prep class. However, all students will be provided supports as needed.

 

Recommended supplies: Index cards (3x5), paper, pens, binder or folder to organize work progress, and a small USB (2G is plenty) to back up files.

 

Parents and students, please complete the google form indicating that you have read this welcome letter.

 

https://forms.gle/fDdAa1LiPR8a1hvG6

 

If there are any other concerns please mention them in the space allotted or email me at: rebecca.hefner@bcsemail.org.

 

I look forward to helping my students grow in their ability to write college level papers