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Ms. Wainscott - 7th/8th Computer Applications

Hello! My name is Lisa Wainscott. I will be teaching 7th and 8th grade computer applications this year at Lone Star Middle School. I absolutely love teaching, and I am so excited to work with your student this coming semester. We will begin the semester with our Digital Citizenship Unit. We will also be learning how to use both Office 2016 and OneDrive versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students will be learning new skills, and will have opportunities to demonstrate their understanding through class discussions, class projects, and weekly assessments. We will also continue building on keyboarding skills using typing.com. Each Monday, students will be asked to create their own personal typing goal for the week which includes speed and accuracy. They will also create 3-5 academic and 3-5 personal goals to work towards each week. Creating goals is a great way for students to keep track of where they are, their learning process, and their growth. On Tuesdays we will explore the changing world of technology, and it's relationship with our everyday lives. Seventh grade will write a response to an article in their Tech Journal (TJ), and eighth grade will have whole/small group discussions followed by a writing prompt about a new technology for their Tech Tuesday folder. On Wednesdays, students will have an in-class assignment to complete based on the unit we are studying at the time. Thursdays, students will be assigned a class project. Some projects will be completed independently, and some will be designed for small groups. Students will take their typing tests on Fridays. These tests are 1 minute, 3 minute, and 5 minute typing tests on typing.com. Students will have the rest of class time to complete unfinished work, and/or work on typing.com. In the calendar, you can find updated information about our weekly agenda, and assignments.

This is my first year teaching at Lone Star Middle School! I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Literacy from Boise State University last December. When I’m not at school, I love hanging out with my family, and spending time outdoors. I am engaged to my best friend, and together we have nine kids and three grandkids! We like to camp, fish, take our boat out so the kids can ride on tubes and wake board, hike, snow ski, and ride dirt bikes.

My classroom expectations for everyone are based on the 4 R's - Readiness, Responsibility, Respect, and Relationships. My philosophy of education believes all students should feel safe, and respected within their learning community. I believe the best way to achieve this is by building relationships. My approach to classroom management cultivates these relationships, builds an effective learning environment, and provides students with the tools they need to solve their own problems and take ownership of their own behavior. If you have any questions, concerns, or just wanting to chat, please do not hesitate to contact me.