Welcome to Mr. Glasser’s 2017-2018 Classes!

April 30, 2009

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Please always feel free to contact me with comments or questions at peterglasser@yahoo.com.  I recommend avoiding my San Jose Unified School District e-mail account as many messages from parents and students get filtered.  You may also wish to visit my link on the Pioneer High School website at http://pioneerhigh.org//staff-directory/glasser-peter/peter-glasser/24274.

Please note that there are different tabs across the top of this page; please be sure you are accessing the information relevant to your particular class.  Each class page contains my best advice for success in class: staying organized; taking notes; doing well on homework; and maximizing scores on our tests, projects and essays.  The “Grade Viewer All Classes” tab answers commonly asked questions regarding my on-line grade book, including when the grades were last updated.  The information contained in this tab is relevant to all classes that I teach.

Virtually all of my course materials are available in my Dropbox, including those listed below, which I consider to be the most useful for students and parents.  After you read the information relevant to your class on this website, I invite you to peruse these files by clicking the “Dropbox” tab at the top of this page.  Copies of all of the files described below can be found in the folder, “Most Useful Files.”

Please use this link to access all weekly syllabi (instructions for all homework assignments for the week that are given to students each Monday in class).  By clicking this link, students and parents can access instructions for every homework assignment for the entire school year:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zrnklngcbe5elim/AADxg4kAAeA4fm55CM3yyC05a?dl=0

Please be aware that I occasionally make changes to homework assignments that will not be reflected on these syllabi.  Students are notified of all changes during class and are responsible for making these changes on their copies of their syllabus.

 

 

The following is a summary of materials available in my Dropbox in the folder “Most Useful Files”:

 

Students new to any of my classes (having transferred after the beginning of the semester) should download “All Classes Welcome To Class New Students,” a guide for getting acclimated to class as quickly as possible.

 

For 11th Grade US History, please see “Green Sheet 11th Grade US History,” our class policies and my best advice for success.  “11th Grade US History Year Plan” is our course outline for the school year, giving an overview of each thematic unit, while “11th Grade US History Year Plan Exam Questions” details the one, over-arching learning objective for each thematic unit—which, not coincidentally, is the essay exam question for each unit.  Essay exam questions should never be a surprise!  I want you to know the test questions for the whole year right now.  Together, they constitute the major questions students must answer to know their places in the American past and present, for this year and the rest of their lives.

The files in the folder “11th Grade US History Unit Outlines” are our Unit Outlines that we use daily.  They are the students’ best friends for staying organized, preparing for exams, and succeeding in class overall.  They also contain a complete list of our daily learning objectives and content lists, facts for which to listen during note-taking sessions during class and to prioritize during homework.  Please refer to the advice on the “11th Grade US History” tab for how to most effectively use these Unit Outlines.  These Unit Outlines are also available in editable Word format: to save paper and further success in class, students may use them to take notes on laptops, iPads, or other technology if they wish.  I highly encourage this strategy!  I estimate that about 80-90% of students’ notes for the entire year can be successfully taken right on the Unit Outlines.

Additionally, the complete structure of our US History curriculum at Pioneer is available in my Dropbox.  These files enable the reader to see how, whether a particular teacher uses a chronological or thematic course structure, every teacher at Pioneer uses the same learning objectives and teaches the same content.  Every teacher is also fully aligned to the Common Core Standards and incorporates the state and SJUSD goals and objectives that support Common Core.  For this information, please refer to the “Research and Philosophies” link in my Dropbox, and then to the folder “11th Grade History Learning Objectives” and the file “11th Grade History Common Core Standards and Prioritized Skills.”  Additionally, the files in “11th Grade History Content and Skills Standards” folder detail the three sets of California and SJUSD standards that form the basis for all of our history courses at Pioneer.

If you are interested in my teaching philosophies, and in particular why I choose to teach a thematic course structure and why I use extensive documents as opposed to a textbook, please see “Course Philosophies 11th Grade US History” in the “Research and Philosophies” folder.  This folder also contains a sampling of the academic research and data on which I base my teaching pedagogy and class structure.

 

For AP US History, please see “Green Sheet AP US History,” our class policies and my best advice for success.  “AP US History Year Plan” is our course outline for the school year, giving an overview of each thematic unit.  “AP US History Year Plan Exam Questions” details the one, over-arching learning objective for each thematic unit.  Together, they constitute the major questions students must answer to know their places in the American past and present, for this year and the rest of their lives.  Thus, they will help students immeasurably to collect and organize evidence for all of our essay exams this year.

The files in the folder “AP US History Board Notes” are our Board Notes for each unit.  I call them “Board Notes” because they contain all of the notes I would ordinarily write on the board during class.  In other words, all students are provided a copy of my class notes for the entire year.  Rather than focusing on trying to copy information off of the board, students can instead spend their time analyzing this information and taking their notes on top of my notes.  These Board Notes are the students’ best friends for staying organized, preparing for exams and essays, and succeeding in class overall.  They contain a complete list of our daily learning objectives and content lists, facts for which to listen during note-taking sessions during class and to prioritize in homework.  Please refer to the advice on the “11th Grade AP US History” tab for how to maximize use of these Board Notes.  These documents are also available in editable Word format: to save paper and further success in class, students may take notes on laptops, iPads, or other technology if they wish.   I highly encourage this strategy!

The files in the folder “AP US History Guide Questions” are our Guide Questions for textbook readings for each unit.  The purpose of these questions is to guide students through their textbook reading and aid in comprehension and note-taking.  Please see the “11th Grade AP US History” tab for advice about how to use the Guide Questions most effectively.

Additionally, the complete structure of our thematic AP US History curriculum at Pioneer is available in the folder “US History Learning Objectives and Sources.”  These files enable the reader to see how, whether a particular teacher uses a chronological or thematic course structure, every teacher at Pioneer uses the same learning objectives and teaches the same content.  In addition to being guided by the College Board AP curriculum, every teacher is also fully aligned to the Common Core Standards and incorporates the state and SJUSD goals and objectives that support Common Core.  For this information, please refer to the “Research and Philosophies” link in my Dropbox, and then to the folder “11th Grade History Learning Objectives” and the file “11th Grade History Common Core Standards and Prioritized Skills.”  Additionally, the files in “11th Grade History Content and Skills Standards” folder detail the three sets of California and SJUSD standards that form the basis for all of our history courses at Pioneer.

If you are interested in my teaching philosophies, and in particular why I choose to teach a thematic course structure and why I use extensive documents in addition to a textbook, please see “Course Philosophies 11th Grade AP US History” in the “Research and Philosophies” folder.  If you are interested further, this folder also contains a sampling of the academic research and data on which I base my teaching pedagogy and class structure.