Phone: (909) 307-5300 ext. 41301
Degrees and Certifications:
MS- Curriculum & Instruction BS - Biology; minor - Chemistry GATE certified Credentialed for 6-10 mathematics; Life Science; HS Chemistry Mathematics Instructional Coach
Mr. (Roc) Rochester
So, you have found my webpage! Welcome and Hi! If for any reason you have trouble finding details on this webpage please email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. This year I am teaching all 6 periods without a prep period. This means that the more immediate you are in asking for help, the more likely you will get that help. Remember that at Clement our periods used to rotate day to day throughout the year, but with distance learning we will follow a fixed block schedule. My classroom is located in C-1 to the left of the Library as you come from the Student Center. If and when we return to the school site, feel free to come by and see me. I have been teaching mathematics and science for 28 years in a variety of schools both public and private. My undergraduate studies were in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. My graduate degree is in Curriculum and Instruction. I have extensive training in Gifed and Talented Education (GATE), Mathematics instructional coaching, Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), thematic and mastery instruction, assessment, and Thinking Maps to name a few. I have lived in southern CA since 1989. I love the outdoors and enjoy it through cycling, running, hiking, and off-roading. I love working at the middle school level and look forward to my teaching day and all the great people I get to work with at Clement and the District Office.
Classroom Policies Q & A
Mostly NO. I will not invent or select work to replace work that students' have avoided or ignored just to inflate a grade and game the point system the grade is based on for my classes. I will reward exceptional work when I see it. I will try to recognize students who choose to put in extra effort above and beyond the requirements of the assignment. I review and grade thousands of items of student work each year. If your child feels I have over looked a significant effort, have them ask me to review the work in question again.
Both YES and NO. Tests, quizzes, and projects will be labeled as challenges (test & quizzes) and performance tasks (projects) in my classes. Students who do poorly on some challenges & tasks the first time through in class can RETAKE these challenges & tasks at another time. I will not chase them down to retake a challenge or task. So YES, for some students the first time will be their only opportunity to perform well. And NO, for those students who learn to actively manage their grade may ask for time during class or schedule a time outside of class to retake a challenge or task. I have even coordinated with elective and PE teachers for time to retake challenges and tasks. If their score improves, they will recieve the higher score.
MathiaX, Khan Academy, C-STEM Studio, and other programs, videos, and activities are now a large part of learning any subject material. These programs and activities provide a student with the opportunity to develop AGENCY or the ability and feeling of control over their own learning. A student needs to learn that they can overcome challenges without a teacher there to tell them which steps to take and at what times.
There are no late penalties given for work assigned in class or online. There is a natural learning penalty from work done late. Student learning can be greatly minimized and even crippled because of tardy student effort. Sequenced learning experiences purposely created to build understanding can be made useless with late work. Assignments done after tests & quizzes covering the same learning are nearly valueless. Homework and classwork grades can be inflated because to many overdue assignments are a part of the grade, leading to a false impression of success in the class and/or grade category.