Rooms 122 and 164
department telephone extension x3620 (but please use email, not the phone)
Use the panels at the left of this webpage to navigate to the class sites for 11th Grade Academic American Literature (English (0134) or Topics in Philosophy & Writing (English 0163 - Spring '13). Click the link in this sentence to jump to the class site for Viewpoints on Modern America
(Interdisciplinary 0030/0031), which Mr. Wright and Mr. Rosin co-teach.
He also coaches the Ethics Bowl and sponsors the GSA (no website yet for either) and is working on a site for the Radnor-Friesland Exchange
(U.S./UK) that he co-coordinates with Dr. Swinehart, Ms. Cahill, and Mr. Payne. Finally, Mr. Rosin is a proud member of the Honor Council
. In case you're wondering, Mr. Rosin doesn't usually refer to himself in the third person, and does not recommend doing so.
Viewpoints on Modern America 11th Grade Amer. Lit Academic
Topics in Philosophy & Writing (spring sem.)
My general grading philosophy is that grades serve one purpose: to provide honest feedback about the student's skill level and preparedness for current and future tasks. Their purpose is not To help students get into college. A low grade does not indicate a bad person; it does suggest an area for greater effort, more practice, request for assistance, and/or better organization. Makeups and rewrites may be offered; see me for questions about specific assignments.
Do not expect to get letter grades written on work that is being handed back to you. I focus on offering feedback, so -- often, not always -- I withhold the letter grade for one day so as to help students focus on that feedback: the rubric, FCAs (focus-correction areas for your writing), comments in the margins. Grades will eventually be posted in HAC. Sometimes I forget to publish them, temporarily, for which this paragraph is an apology in advance. Remind me, and I'll fix that oversight.
Work is due when it is due. Lead-time for the process has already been built into the schedule. Penalties will be applied when a student has not met his or her responsibilities for work (in most cases, late work incurs a one-grade penalty). If you need an extension, your responsibility is to request this, in person, as much in advance as possible. Only in extreme cases will an extension be granted with less than two days to go before an assignment is due. I reserve the right not to grant an extension at all; knowing how to advocate respectfully is a powerful skill for a student to learn, and one of the first and best lessons is that the requestor should never expect to be granted what he or she is requesting. Keep track of your responsibilities and your calendar and you will be well prepared.
Please send email if you have any questions, ideas, or other stuff you want to talk about!