R. Jason Pinkerton
8th Grade Language Arts
Benold Middle School
Phone: 943-5090 x.6939
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org***Parents and Students! Please sign up for Remind by clicking on the instructions on the left side of the page!!!***This class will use Google Classroom extensively. To access Google Classroom, please go to http://classroom.google.com.Howdy! Welcome to Language Arts. I am looking forward to a wonderful and productive 2019-20 school year at Benold Middle School, and I am honored to have the chance to teach your child! This will be my seventh year here at Benold and my ninth year teaching, and I'm looking forward to an exciting time!
I'm a Texas native, born and raised in the Houston area. I attended high school at William P. Clements High School in Sugar Land, TX before heading to Texas State University (formerly known as Southwest Texas) and graduating in 2003. In addition to spending some time in the tech world at Apple Computer and Blizzard Entertainment, I have taught 9th and 10th grade English at Sherman High School in Sherman, TX.In my spare time, I enjoy reading, walking my miniature Schnauzer Pepper, exploring new places and restaurants around the Austin metroplex, geocaching in parks and urban areas, and traveling with my wife and our four kids. The Houston Texans are my favorite sports team, so don't be surprised if you see a few posters and coffee mugs showing my Texan pride around the classroom!
My ClassThis year, we will be working hard to advance students' reading and writing skills. Students can plan on reading something almost every single day. They will be writing almost as much as they are reading! Even so, we will find time for fun and socialization, and, frequently, the chance to improve our application of technology and digital citizenship. My hope is that my students will feel challenged in language arts while they discover their own voices and express themselves freely. At the same time, they should also learn the power of words, whether spoken or written, and begin to shoulder the responsibility of their communications.I expect every student to have a book that they are currently reading every day they come to class. Students may select their own reading (both fiction and nonfiction); however, the work that they read should be both challenging and interesting to them. This doesn't mean that students should have to look up every single word that they read; however, they should come across new words every 2-3 pages or so. We'll be using their reading to help build up their vocabularies over the course of the year.
1st Period - 8:40-9:28 - Language Arts - Level/Inclusion2nd Period - 9:31-10:29 - Language Arts - Level/Inclusion3rd Period - 10:32-11:12 - AdvisoryLunch - 11:15-11:454th Period - 11:48-12:36 - Language Arts - Pre-AP5th Period - 12:39-1:27 - Conference/PLC6th Period - 1:30-2:18 - Language Arts - Pre-AP7th Period - 2:21-3:09 - Language Arts - Pre-AP8th Period - 3:12-4:00 - Conference/PLC