• A little bit of information about me:

    • 2000 graduate from Pine River-Backus High School
    • 2004 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa www.luther.edu
    • Major: History
    • Minors: Secondary Education, Africana Studies
    • Family: wife Sarah and son Bryant
  • 7th Grade U.S. History Course Information 2006-2007 bschwegel@bagley.k12.mn.us MATERIALS NEEDED: Notebook for notes, textbook, pencil, agenda, and a folder to store handouts. RESPONSIBILITIES/CLASSROOM RULES: 1). RESPECT! (materials, classmates, teacher) 2). Regular attendance and being on time (seated when bell rings) 3). Being prepared with materials and attention 4). Completion of classroom work on time DAILY WORK: Work will be assigned nearly everyday. Students should write ALL assignments in their agenda. Much of the work that will be assigned will be textbook reading, which will not exceed more than five pages per night. In addition, there will be approximately 2-3 worksheets per week. If there is something that you do not understand it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ask questions. If you are absent, it is also YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to obtain and make up the assignment(s). QUIZZES AND TESTS: There will be short quizzes that may or may not be announced. Tests will be given at the end of each unit and will be announced. Prior to all tests, there will be a review day that will cover most of the test questions. EVALUATION: Participation-on time, warm-ups, answering /asking questions in class, notebooks, having correct materials every day. Assignments-most assignments will vary on point value depending upon the number of questions the particular assignment includes. Late Work-assignments that are turned in late will be worth ½ credit. Grades are cumulative over the course of a quarter and are based on total points (see handbook for grading scale). Students will see their progress at least every other week with updated grade reports. A NOTE TO PARENTS: My name is Brandon Schwegel and I will be your child’s social studies teacher for the 2008-2009 school year. This is my fifth year teaching in the Bagley School District. As we begin the new school year I would like to ask for your support and participation in helping your student to be successful in social studies. I understand that the transition from elementary to junior-high can be challenging at times, therefore I encourage you to contact me with questions or concerns relating to your child or the class. Thank you for your help and support!
  • Economics Course Information 2008/2009 bschwegel@bagley.k12.mn.us Materials Needed: Notebook for notes, textbook, pens and a folder to store handouts. RESPONSIBILITIES/EXPECTATIONS: 1). RESPECT! (Materials, classmates, and teacher). 2). Regular attendance in the room when the bell rings. 3). Being prepared with materials and attention. 4). Completion of classroom work on time. (Late work will be ½ credit and will not be accepted two weeks after original due date). Goals of Economics 1. To develop an economic way of thinking about basic and everyday decisions. 2. To understand how scarcity impacts decision making. 3. A basic understanding of economic systems used throughout the world. 4. A familiarization of careers performed by economists. 5. The ability to understand the difference between supply and demand and how they effect the price system. 6. The impact that economics has on communities, countries, and the environment. 7. to achieve a better understanding of the banking system, personal finance, and how to make sound, responsible economic decisions. 8. to understand the government’s role in developing economic policies. 9. To understand how the stock market works and why it has a tremendous impact on the global economy. 10. To have an understanding of why poverty and unemployment exist in relation to national economies. 11. The role of taxes in the United States and other countries.