Welcome to the wikispace I set up for my world history classes. I added this page to provide some general information about myself, and how I teach my classes. For more specific information on units please click on the unit page to the left. If you have a question that is not addressed here please feel free to contact me directly.

About the Wiki
  1. How often do I need to look at the wiki? I'd suggest everyday! The calendars on the assignments page are updated daily to reflect what we did in class and if there are any upcoming due dates/deadlines. Also PowerPoints, websites, and other resources presented in class are posted on the wiki under the unit pages, so if you need any additional information or would like to review this is the place to find it.
  2. What can I find on the wiki? Assignments, what we did in class, most of the class materials, and other various resources.
  3. How come I can't post on the wiki? The pages are locked so only people who I give permission to may post on the wiki.
  4. Can I post on the wiki? Yes! Honors students will make wiki usernames and have an opportunity to post on the wiki. Go the the create a wiki account page to learn more.
  5. Are grades posted on the wiki? No, the wiki is not secure enough to post grades on. Please contact me if you would like to know your grade/more information about grades.

About GoogleDocs/Google Accounts
  1. What is GoogleDocs? GoogleDocs has similar programs to Microsoft office but they are available for free and are online. That means you can access your documents from any computer. Go to GoogleDocs and watch their introductory video to learn more about how it works.
  2. Why do I need a GoogleDocs account? I think everyone should have a GoogleDocs account. It allows you to access your files from any computer, easily share them with anyone else who has GoogleDocs and you don't have to worry about losing your usb key or forgetting to print something at home. For the purposes of this class I will often share documents with students through GoogleDocs and have students submit assignments to me on GoogleDocs.
  3. Do I need to create a Google (gmail) email address? I require students to create a GoogleDocs account, but you don't need a Google (gmail) address in order to do so. However, if students don't have an email address that they regularly check or an email address at all, I would highly suggest they create a Google email address. I do on occasion email students and I wouldn't want them to miss a communication.
  4. How do I submit assignments on GoogleDocs? In the top right corner of a GoogleDoc is a tiny "share" button. If you pull down the tab and select the first option "share" it will pop up a page where you can type in the email addresses of who you'd like to share with. Simply type in mine (lherzl@trsd.net) and hit done. When I open my GoogleDocs I will see your assignment in my list. Go to the How to Submit Assignments page to learn more.
  5. How will I know when you graded my assignment? I will change the name of the document and put graded in front of it. For example if your document was named French Revolution paper you would know I graded it when the title says GRADED - French Revolution.
  6. Can I sync the Google calendars on the wiki with my own Google calendar? Yes! This is an excellent thing to do because then you can set-up email or text alerts for when you has assignments coming up. In order to do this simply go to the calendar for your class period and hit the +Google calendar button at the bottom right corner of the calendar. You will then be taken through the steps of syncing calendars.

About CP Classes - Please visit Course Expectations CP for more specific information.
  1. What is layered curriculum and/or choice activities? Layered curriculum is a way of teaching that allows students more choice in the way they learn. Layered curriculum is a much more student directed way of learning. At the beginning of the unit students will be presented with a unit outline that shows them the required assignments for the unit and the choice assignments for the unit. Students are assigned a specific amount of points they must complete by a specific date. If you'd like to see an example of the layered curriculum please see one of the unit pages and look at the CP unit outline, or feel free to contact me.
  2. How often do you check activities? I check activities on a daily basis. I try to reach every student everyday, but it's not always possible. If I am unable to check an activity during class time a student is welcome to come see me during one of our mutual free periods or before/after school.
  3. How much homework do you assign? There is rarely "assigned" homework. At the beginning of the unit the layered curriculum given to the students is all the work/assignments they will have to complete to receive credit for the unit. Students are provided class time to work on these assignments. Some students may be able to complete the layered curriculum within the class time provided, so they would not have any homework. Students who are unable to complete the layered curriculum unit within the class time provided will need to complete the remainder of their work outside of class.
  4. Will we still have tests and quizzes? Yes. I reserve the right to give un-announced quizzes, but tests will always be announced at least a week in advance. There may not be a test and/or quiz given for every unit.
  5. Are there notebook/binder checks? There are no formal notebook/binder checks. Organization is the student's responsibility. If a student is struggling with organization I am happy to help them outside of class time. Organization is essential to being successful in class, and receiving full points for the layered curriculum units requires students to be able to hold onto their materials. Please contact me or see me if you have any questions or would like to set-up a time for organization assistance.
  6. Do you accept late work? Any work turned in after the given due date will receive 10% of the point value off per class day it is late. After a certain point (usually one week after the given due date) students can only receive 50% of the value of the assignment if they turn in their work late.
  7. What is your make-up policy? Students who missed a class assignment such as a test or quiz due to an excused absence need to see me on the day they return to schedule a make-up appointment and receive any work they've missed. It is the student's responsibility to see me, I will not hunt them down. If a student does not see me to schedule a make-up or does not show up for a make-up appointment their grade for that assignment becomes a zero.
  8. Do you give extra credit? No, students are given an opportunity everyday in class to earn regular credit. If they do not take advantage of this opportunity I will not provide extra credit.
  9. What exactly is expected of students? Students are expected to come to class with all their materials, and be prepared to learn and participate. I put my best effort forth everyday and I expect that same of my students. I know not everyone loves history as much as I do, and if a student is struggling with the material I expect them to take the initiative to seek extra help and take responsibility for their learning and promoting a positive learning environment in the classroom.

About Honors Classes - Please visit Course Expectations Honors for more specific information.
  1. What is an honors class like? The honors class is a challenging, fast paced course. We have a lot of material to cover and unfortunately limited time to do it in. Honors students will do a lot of reading, writing, and projects, and be expected to be able to work independently and in group settings. Since we move through a lot of material quickly it is essential for any students who are struggling to make me aware as soon as possible so that I can provide assistance.
  2. How much homework will we have? Expect to have about half an hour of homework most nights. If you are assigned a project it will be up to you to decide how much you work on each night, I suggest you avoid procrastinating on large/ongoing assignments.
  3. How often do we have tests/quizzes/projects/writing assignments? You can expect to have at least one of the following each unit: tests and/or project. You will likely have multiple quizzes and even more writing and reading assignments of various sizes. I reserve the right to give un-announced quizzes, but all tests will be announced at least a week in advance.
  4. Are there notebook/binder checks? There are no formal notebook/binder checks. Students are expected to be responsible for their own organization. If a student would like assistance with organization I'd be happy to provide help outside of class.
  5. Do you accept late work? Any work turned in after the given due date will receive 10% of per class day it is late. I stop accepting late work one week after the unit test/conclusion of the unit. If the assignment is not turned in by this date or the student has not made a plan with me for turning in the assignment later their grade for the assignment will be a zero.
  6. What is your make-up policy? Students who missed a class assignment such as a test or quiz due to an excused absence need to see me on the day they return to schedule a make-up appointment and receive any work they've missed. It is the student's responsibility to see me, I will not hunt them down. If a student does not see me to schedule a make-up or does not show up for a make-up appointment their grade for that assignment becomes a zero.
  7. Do you give extra credit? No, students are given an opportunity everyday both in and out of class to earn regular credit. If a student does not take advantage of this opportunity I will not provide extra credit.
  8. What exactly is expected of students? Students are expected to come to class prepared - meaning they have all the materials they need and have completed whatever assignments are necessary to participate in class. Students are expected to put their best effort forward and take responsibility for their own learning and creating a positive learning environment.

About Me
  1. How long have you been teaching at Triton? This is my sixth year at Triton.
  2. Where did you go to school? I received my undergraduate degree in secondary education and history from the University of Vermont and a master's degree in special education from UMass Boston.
  3. What do you do outside of school? I like to read, knit, snowboard, snowshoe, bike, and spend time with my family, friends, and dog.