Welcome to Mr. Z's Class Page!
My name is David Zwirz and I am a Special Education English teacher in my 12th year in the Jackson School District. I received my Bachelor's degree in Literature in 2006 from Stockton University. The next year I received dual certification in High School English and K-12 Special Education from Georgian Court University. Finally, I received my Master's degree in Education from Georgian Court University in 2010. In addition to the classroom, I serve as the high school's Athletic Coordinator alongside the district's Athletic Director, Robert Paneque.
What's New(ish) This Year
Authentic Assessment Semester Project & Exam
A huge change to the English Department's final examination has been created and will be in effect for the third straight academic year. The grade 10 authentic assessment unit will integrate non-fiction, creative non-fiction, narrative fiction, dramatic literature, research, and writing using the theme of Social Justice. The course will provide students with the ability to strengthen understanding and develop skills, while continuously requiring learners to reflect and build upon information and previously studied material, thus developing the career and college skill of synthesis.
The outine of the project will be posted at the start of the semester, with a syllabus of tasks and deadlines. The assessment will be graded throughout the course, and specific components (the final research paper and the formal presentation, definitively) will double as final examination elements. The details will be posted the first week of the class on this site.
Students and parents are encouraged to track the requirements of this project-based assessment throughout the course, as the final examination grade is almost entirely based on the tasks in this project.
Mr. Z's Class Schedule
Period One: Professional
Period Two: English 2 Resource Room B111
Periods Three and Four: Athletics (Athletic Coordinator)