To the bravest group of students I will teach:
By now, you are either reading this through www.yonkerspublicschools.org/YMA or Google Classroom.
Now is more threatening than any intruder. I wish it were as simple as arming yourself with a ball, waiting in the back of the classroom, taking aim, and then safely fleeing the building through the window with the busted curtain. Sadly, distance seems to be our best defense against this viral intruder. Not apathy.
Now, I will begin Zooming "Under Quarantine with Mr. Berkowitz!" Monday through Friday. It is 45-50 minutes.
The hypothetical, daily class schedule would be as follows
THE DEFAULT INFORMATION FOR ZOOM IS AS FOLLOWS:
Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 421 389 7807
9:00AM- 10:00AM: College Link/AP Literature
Period 2: College Link 102/AP Literature Google Classroom: k7tuk33
Period 6: Montessori Senior Thesis Google Classroom: ducjz7j
10:00AM - 2:00PM: Thunder-Dome: two men enter (father and son); one man leaves! So far, Sam-3, Abba-1.
NEW_ FIRST PERIOD WILL NOW MEET AT 1pm
1:00 - 1:50PM: Sophomore English period 1, hypothetically
Period 1: Tenth Grade ELA Google Classroom: ib7wcfm
2:00 - 2:50PM: Sophomore English period 3, hypothetically
Period 3: Tenth Grade ELA Google Classroom: bhva6te
3:00 - 3:50PM: Sophomore English period 8, hypothetically
Period 8: Tenth Grade ELA Google Classroom: bow4jlz
I will put the ZOOM invitations on the respective pages.
Sadly, the day has fled when I await the answer to, "What is a teacher without his/her students?"
Unfortunately, of 75 sophomores, only 40 replied. Roughly 50%. The numbers scare me.
Welcome to voter apathy in action! I get it. Everyone is re-prioritizing. By the time we see each other in school, Ms. Clement, Ms. Lucca, or Mr. Hill will have taught you how to make biofuel out of cardboard and my notebook.
By now, we have earned the value of those things and objects we used to have so easily: time, space, privacy, health, calm, food, and yes, routine. Personally, I wish I had answers more readily for you. I rely on each of you now as much as you rely on me. So I will be replying to those emails, personally and then determining what needs to happen next. I value each of you over a grade. I value and appreciate your effort at this time.
By now, we are still assessing our new "normal." That means routine. This has never happened before, so I have no answers or definitive plans. Teachers have started Youtube channels- I don't want to "capture anything for posterity." So for 40-50 minutes I will provide lessons through ZOOM with accompanying Powerpoint Presentations which can be found on Google Classroom.
By now, we have something to read and something to talk about. Hopefully that revolves around the packet of poetry found on this page: (USE 1) Workplans and Techniques-Poetry. It was posted and distributed at school on Wednesday and Thursday.
Every class will start with you telling me what's up and making community decisions.
Then we will take care of a poem in the packet. I will model with you, then let you stay or go to work on the other.
After we finish the packet, we will decide what will happen next. By then, we will determine what happens next.
We'll discuss assignments as well.
Until then I can be reached here or LBerkowitz@yonkerspublicschools.org or ELABerkowitz7@gmail.com.
Be safe. Be patient. Be careful.
I will be posting announcements and assignments here and on Google Classroom....
BUT YOU MUST CONTACT ME AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK at
GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODES
Period 1: Tenth Grade ELA: ib7wcfm
Period 3: Tenth Grade ELA: bhva6te
Period 8: Tenth Grade ELA: bhva6te
College Link/AP English Lit
Period 2: College Link 102/Advanced Placement Literature : k7tuk33
Montessori Senior Thesis Period 6: bhvducjz7ja6te
Phone: (914) 376 8540
Degrees and Certifications:
Certification English Language Arts Professional Certification (Grades 5-9) English Language Arts Professional Certification (Grades 7-12) College Board Certification for Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, Summer 2012 College Board Certification for Advanced Placement English Literuatre and Composition, Summer 2009 Education UCLA Extenstion Program Online Advanced Placement English Language and Composition training, Summer 2012 Fordham University, New York, NY Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition training, Summer 2009 Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY Masters of Arts in Teaching, completed January 2006 Adolescent and High School English (5-12 English) GPA: 3.91 Colgate University, Hamilton, NY Bachelor of Arts, May 2003 English Literature and Theater Double Major, Cum Laude English GPA: 3.71 Theater GPA: 3.67 American University, Washington, DC Washington Capitals Program GPA: 3.85 Political Science and American History coursework, and Practical Internship
Philosophy of Teaching
It is Mr. Berkowitz-Torres' core belief that nobody is perfect, but it is our charge to reach for perfection and learn from each day. With the help of his mother, Mr. Berkowitz was able to master his learning style and understand his IEP in order to become declassified, earn Honors and Advanced Placement credits, and graduate as Salutatorian of his High School graduating class. Even after twenty years, however, Mr. Berkowitz is still learning, and every year his students help him come closer to perfection. Every year, he is given the opportunity to learn from each and every one of his "favorite students." Each student helps to pave a step in the journey of life, and Mr. Berkowitz is honored to help each one on their path to success. Education is the path; language articulates the direction. Enjoy the journey, no matter the destination!
Mr. Berkowitz-Torres (known as Mr. Berkowitz) has been an educator, tutor, and theatrican for over 20 years. After graduating from Cum Laude from Colgate University with a Double Major in English Literature and Theatrical Arts and a Minor in Education, Mr. Berkowitz returned to teach at his High School as a seventh and eighth grade Science teacher, then as a ninth grade Algebra and eighth grade Social Studies teacher for Summer School. Upon completing his Master's in the Arts in Teaching (MAT) fifth through twelfth grade English Language Arts, Mr. Berkowitz began his tenure at Lincoln High School as an English teacher of ninth grade, Century Honors Ninth, Century Honors Tenth, and Twelfth grade English. He has also worked as a SAT and ACT tutor and teacher for the Princeton Review.
After-school, Mr. Berkowitz has been the adviser for the Drama Club in both schools producing both traditional, published plays and original student works. He has also been the adviser for National Honor Society and Speech and Debate Team.
If there are any or all questions, feel free to reach me online at LBerkowitz@yonkerspublicschools.org