•  Spring!
    Mr. Milton 
    Room:     A202
    Subject:   8th Grade English
    Welcome Back
    Time for the 2022-23 School Year
    We are going to organize our class a little differently--maybe a bit unusually--this year.


    Mr. Milton’s English–Expectations and Procedures 


    Each student will serve on one of several committees that will help govern our class community.  Committee assignments will last 6-8 weeks, at which time we will rotate assignments.  Committees will meet regularly and will coordinate their work with Mr. Milton, as well as other committees. Committees are explained more fully below.

    All Committees work in coordination and collaboration with Mr. Milton.  Committees will meet briefly on Mondays to review the prior week, and get materials and set proposed Agenda (for meeting) on Wednesday.  Meet first thing Wednesday, in class, to prepare the following week.  Submit plans and other material to Mr. Milton by Thursday.  “Publish” plans for the next week to class on Friday.  (Everyone will be on a committee.  Committee assignments will shift each 6-8 weeks.)

    Rules Committee (3-4 members)–Helps establish and monitor classroom rules and expectations.  Collaborates with the Discipline Committee, as necessary, to assure effective implementation of all class rules and expectations.  Collaborates with the Work Committee, as necessary, to assure that class rules support student work and learning.

    Discipline Committee (3-4 members)–Establish and maintain procedures that promote self-discipline in work completion and social interaction.  Collaborate with any committees affected by the requirements of effective classroom discipline processes.

    Curriculum Committee (3-4 members)–Order and arrange work, with a weekly schedule.  Collaborate with committees whose work connects to and supports the weekly work process.

    Work Sub-Committee…??  (2-3 members)--If deemed necessary, the Curriculum Committee may create a Work Sub-Committee to create and oversee the weekly work schedule.

    Data Committee (3-4 members)–Collect and review aggregate (not individual) results of weekly and monthly work.  This includes regular skills practice work, i-Ready results, etc.

    Social Committee (3-4 members)–Review aggregate (not individual) data (including information collected by the school and by the Committee) on social patterns and needs in our class community.   Also, plan and implement programs and activities to cultivate social engagement.

    Social Media Sub-Committee (3-4 members)  Support the Social Committee by discussing and addressing social media activity.  Create learning opportunities about issues related to social media, particularly misuse.

    Liaison to Administration (1-2 members)–Meet with Administrator(s) to let them know of our class progress; get feedback and support from Administration, and all other communication as relevant.

    Class schedule
    1st, 3rd-6th periods--ELA

    2nd period--Planning


    My name is Andrew Milton and I teach 8th grade English at Pioneer.  I have been teaching 8th grade since 2006, all at Pioneer Middle School.   Prior to that, I taught political science at the University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington, Tacoma.  From 2003-2013, I taught international relations as a part-time adjunct professor at Troy University (on Joint Base Lewis-McChord).  I have Bachelors degrees in political science and economics from the University of California, Davis. I also have advanced degrees in international affairs--from CSU, Sacramento, and political science--from the University of Oregon.
    I believe that a well-rounded education enables students to achieve two things: a solid foundation of knowledge in the subject areas of study, and the sharpening of the skills to flexibly and adaptively employ that knowledge.  I take it as my responsibility to prepare each one of my students for success in both these areas, so that they may achieve even greater success beyond my classroom.
    At the same time, Wendell Berry reminds us,
    “The complexity of our present trouble suggests as never before that we need to change our present concept of education. Education is not properly an industry, and its proper use is not to serve industries, either by job-training or by industry-subsidized research. It's proper use is to enable citizens to live lives that are economically, politically, socially, and culturally responsible. This cannot be done by gathering or "accessing" what we now call "information" - which is to say facts without context and therefore without priority. A proper education enables young people to put their lives in order, which means knowing what things are more important than other things; it means putting first things first.”