Mr. Milton 
    Room:     A202
    Subject:   8th Grade English

    Instructional Tasks--This is our regular curriculum.  The posts start from the oldest (mid-March) and work done to early June.  We have completed the regular curricular work, as of June 3.

    Enrichment Learning Activities--These are bonus activities, many of which were related to the curricular material we were doing at that time.  I stopped posting these activities on April 24, because I wanted students to focus on the Instructional Tasks.

    Reading Skills (General) Practice--This is a set of reading exercises, for practice at any point.
    Some extra reading--At the end of the year, I usually do some reading and work to support Social Studies.  We didn't get there this year, so I'm posting that here. The readings are in the topics Westward Expansion and the Civil War.  This is reading only, no work.  It is good, though, to do some modest academic activity--even just a little reading and discussion--during the summer to help mitigate the "summer dropoff" in skills.

    Sample Schedule, for keeping to a daily routine

    Office Hours

    Class schedule
    Period 1, 3-6:  8th Grade English 
    Period 2:  Planning
    There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
    - Joseph Brodsky

    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.”