Mr. Tavias R BennettGrade:Seventh Grade
Course: Social Studies
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! I am pleased to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you and welcome your student to the seventh grade at Murphey Middle School. My name is Mr. Tavias Bennett and this is my sixth year teaching at Murphey Middle School. My previous five years included teaching sixth grade social studies for the most part. I am making the transition to seventh grade.
Seventh grade is the second year of a two-year World Area Studies course. Seventh grade students study Africa and Asia. The goal of this two-year course is to acquaint middle school students with the world in which they live. The geography domain includes both physical and human geography. The intent of the geography domain is for students to begin to grasp the importance geography plays in their everyday lives. The government/civics domain focuses on selected types of government found in the various areas in order to help students begin to understand the variety of governments in the world. The economics domain builds on the K-5 economics; however, the focus shifts from the United States to how other countries answer the basic questions of economics. The history domain focuses primarily on significant events in each region from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
We have many expectations for our seventh-grade students at MMS and I do as well as their teacher. One of the biggest is being responsible for assignments and actions. It is essential that you follow up at home with assignments, projects, homework, correspondences, and reinforcing positive behavior. At this stage in your child’s education he/she is beginning to become more independent and may not share most of the information with you. Independence is great and a goal I definitely encourage in my classroom, but your child’s educational success still demands your support. I write you this letter hoping to establish a partnership between you and I during this school year; which will result in a positive and successful school year for your student.
I am excited and look forward to teaching and exploring our area of studies with your student this school year!