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Differentiated Instruction 1: Reduced numbers. 2. Extra Time. 3. Preferential Seating. 4. Small group instruction.  5.  Oral Presentation. 6. Directions Repeated/Clarified. 7. Student Demonstrate understanding.  8. Verbal Encouragement. 9. Reduced stimuli. 10. Audio/Visual

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I'm Tiffini Butler, your sixth grade science and journalism teacher. I graduated from Mississippi State with a B.S. in Biology.  If you need to get in contact with me don't be afraid to email or to text me at 850-637-2843

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Being Successful In Middle School

1. Get Organized. Between homework, tests, and extracurricular activities, it’s all too easy for things to slip through the cracks. A planner can help your child keep everything organized. Students should write down assignments, appointments and to-do lists, then review items in the planner at both the beginning and end of the day to stay on track. Another option is to print off their teacher’s lesson plans for that week every Monday night. Make sure you mark test dates and prepare a few days in advanced. These can be found on the Ernest Ward homepage.Clean backpack out once a week (or at least once a month).

2. Know the Expectations. Students shouldn’t have any surprises when it comes to how and what they will be graded on. Read the syllabus and contact the teacher if things aren’t clear.

3. Designate a Study Area. Yes, studying at the local coffee shop may seem like a good idea, but not if there are constantly people interrupting or other disruptions. Even at home, studying in front of the TV won’t be the best use of your son or daughter’s time. Help your child by providing a quiet, well-lit, low-traffic space for study time. Take it one step further and institute a “communications blackout” policy with no cell phones or social media allowed until schoolwork is done. Snacks, gum, and water help with focus. Set a timer for 20 minutes and then allow for a 5 minute break, then repeat.

4. Develop a Study Plan. First things first: students need to know when a test will take place, the types of questions that will be included and the topics that will be covered. From there, your student should create a study plan and allow ample time to prepare – there’s nothing worse than cramming the night before an exam. You can help by buying a wall calendar and asking him or her to assign topics and tasks for each day leading up to a due date or exam. Setting goals for each session is also key to success. Preparing in advanced allows your student the chance to ask the teacher questions if they don’t understand.

5. Think Positively. Being in the right mindset can make all the difference. Encourage your child to think positively when studying or heading into an exam and by all means, avoid catastrophic thinking. Help your student turn negative statements like, “I’ll never have enough time to get a good grade on this exam,” into positive ones like, “I began preparing later than I should have but I put together a comprehensive study plan and will be able to get through the material prior to the exam.”

6. Create a Study Group. Working in groups can help students when they’re struggling to understand a concept and can enable them to complete assignments more quickly than when working alone. Keep groups small and structured to ensure the maximum benefit to participants and reduce distractions.

7. Practice Active Listening. It’s important for students to concentrate and avoid distractions when an instructor is presenting. Some tips to share with your child include: try concentrating on the main points being made, think about what the speaker is saying and pay attention to how things are said (gestures, tone of voice, etc.). They should avoid talking or thinking about problems when listening. If a teacher says, “This is important” or “I’ll write this on the board,” there’s a good chance students will see the concept on an exam.

8. Review Test-Taking Strategies. It is normal for your son or daughter to feel stressed when taking an exam. However, there are certain strategies that will help him or her manage the stress and do his or her best on the exam. First, make sure that your child arrives on time and tries to stay relaxed. Students should be sure to read all of the directions on the exam and pace themselves so as not to feel rushed. You can let your child know that it’s OK to skip around on a test, if allowed, as he or she may be more comfortable with certain topics than others. My advice to my students is to go through the test once and answer ALL questions you know immediately while flagging the ones you are unsure of. Then, go through the test a second time and spend a little time of the questions you struggled with. Finally, go through the test one more time and answer the HARDEST questions and the ones you didn’t know. This helps you not to waste time on hard questions and then rush through the rest.

9. Read Actively. It’s all too easy for students to skim over an assigned book chapter and not know the main points of what they just read. Help your student to practice active reading by asking him or her to note the main idea of each passage and look up unfamiliar words or concepts. Make an outline of the chapter or create flow charts and diagrams that help map out the concept at hand. After each section, have students write a summary in their own words and come up with possible exam questions.

10. Look to the Future. For some students, college may seem like an intangible event in the very distant future, but in reality, it isn’t so far off. Help your students make personal and academic goal every month. This will help them feel accomplished and increase confidence. Set goals and rewards. We want students to care about their education and future.


Homework/Grading/Late-Work Policy

Grades will be inputted weekly. Please check grades regularly and feel free to ask me any questions that you might have about a particular grade. If in the grade book, you see a “M”, this stands for missing and means I have not received this assignment. A “0” represents the grade: whether it was incomplete, plagiarized, etc.


If you are absent, you are responsible for completing your make-up work (one day for make-up for each day absent).


If you are absent for a test, quiz, or lab this grade will be made up on the following DISTRICT NINE WEEKS’ EXAM. The grade you receive on this will replace the grade missing because of an absence.


If you know you are going to be absent beforehand, you should ask me for your make-up work before the absence.


This can be done before or after school or via e-mail.


Papers will no name on them will lose 10 points when finally claimed


Late work will lose half credit if turned in after the original due date. 


During the first week of school, each class period will choose a team name. These names will be displayed on the whiteboard. Each class will start out with 5 points, and each day they will be able to earn and lose points. They can earn up to 5 more a day. Scores will be recorded and students can watch the progress on the leader board. Winning team will be reward every three weeks. All points are up to teacher’s discretion.

How to earn points:

•When the whole class makes an “A” on a test or quiz

•All students in their seats when the bell rings

•Cleaning up the classroom/lab

•Working diligently

•All belongings in cubbies

•Not talking while Ms. B is talking

•All Chromebooks charged

•Whole class turns in homework assignments

How to lose points:

•Talking while Ms. B or a classmate is speaking

•Belongings outside cubbies

•Phones out without permission

•Horseplay during labs

•Volume too loud during class or labs

•Acting out during drills or assemblies

•More than 50% of the class missing an assignment

•Not working on Focus Lesson before Ms. B finishes attendance


Chromebooks are to be charged every night. They should be use appropriately and respectfully. Students should use Chromebooks for class assignments ONLY, except for during their lunch periods

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices should be kept in student’s backpacks. Devices should not be out during class, unless otherwise instructed by the teacher or with permission.


First offense: Warning

Second offense: Call Home/RTiB.

Third offense: Referral to dean