Hello Parents of My 9th and 10th grade ELA students,
I thought it might be a good idea to give you a little information about myself. My name is Joseph Korwin, and I am very excited to begin my first year of teaching at Emanuel County Institute. I was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. I have a B.A. and M.A. in English from Georgia Southern University. This past summer, I complete the Master's of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program at Georgia Southern. Go Eagles! As you may expect, I love literature and am always amazed at how well students and young minds find new and interesting perspectives on even the Classics. Outside of the classroom, I am interested in sports, pretty much all of them. My favorite sport is Ice Hockey, which I grew up playing in Georgia and all throughout the Southeast. But, I also love football, both college and professional, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, golf, baseball, and just about anything that tests mental and physical endurance. Right now, I am helping coach Varsity and C-Team Football here at ECI. In the Winter, I will be an assistant coach for C-Team basketball. When I am not reading or watching sports, I love to take long walks with my adorable six-year old Pitbull. I can wait to get to know you and the students. Go Dawgs!
On the first day of class, I will go over the syllabus and the rules for the classroom with the students. Additionally, I will give all the students a Conduct contract that they and you must sign and turn into me. I want to make sure that everyone is clear about the expectations I have for the students regarding what they will be doing academically, how they should conduct themselves in my classroom, and how they will be evaluated and graded. After that, we will spend the rest of the week working on reading, analyzing texts, and writing. Before we get to far into the course, I want to make sure the students understand how to properly read and annotate a text, write a short constructed response, and cover some of the basic elements of writing they will use throughout the year in for the rest of their lives.