Hello, Just a quick update.
Grades will be finalized by Monday, and several assignments will be added to the grade on Friday: “graphic stories” which counts as a polished work, “Greek god pink packets” which count as an assignment, and a quiz on the Greek Olympian gods which will count as an assignment.
Currently, if a student misses even one assignment, namely homework, it can affect her/his grade dramatically. I will tinker with assignment weights to make it more fair – your child’s grade might change a bit. I will likely increase the weight of polished work and assignments, which students are allowed to revise for a better grade and sometimes turn in late, while reducing the weight of homework, which students are not allowed to turn in late unless they were absent.
I am currently planning a Bernstein unit, and would like to start preparing for a mock trial that will also double as a field trip. Would anybody with law experience like to judge our trial? J We need one judge for each class. You don’t have to actually be a judge, but law experience is a plus. I am eyeing February 21st as a likely date, though that is still unconfirmed.
It feels like we’ve contended with a lot of interruptions – Thanksgiving, Winter Break, these 3-day weekends… With all that out of the way, it’s time to hit stride, re-engage and do some big projects. Updates to follow…
Have a great night!
So here you are, reading again. Ugggh… Or is it, yey!!! Hopefully you are finding things that are interesting to you. A character you like, a conflict you identify with, words and ways of writing that keep you interested. Reading is a habit, an enhancer. As your teacher, it is my responsibility to encourage this to the point that it’s automatic for you, a way of life, one of the “good” parts of your day that you look forward to. Sometimes reading, especially if it’s tough or feels rusty, is something you might want to avoid. But just like an athlete’s joint or muscle, it must be used and pushed in order to work right.
What is the power of reading? How does it enhance your life, besides, like, reading stop signs?
How does reading enhance your life? How do you think you’re doing with comprehension? Are you improving? Are you being thoughtful about your paragraphs? Overall meaning? Actually using clues from the text – EVIDENCE – to make these judgments? We are going to take the EASYCBM again this week. Will your score go up? Will you use context clues to help with vocabulary?
The state reading test is coming up too. In April. How’s that going to go?
I think we should start doing weekly tests up to that point. You need to be held accountable. To show actual improvement. Every Friday. Plan on it.
Today: your own reading book. Are you skimming or are you taking your time with details?
Go ahead and free read until 1:15. Then, take out a piece of paper and describe to me how you are becoming a better reader. What skills are you using? ½ to ¾ page. Thank you.
This is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world. Take a moment,at least five minutes,and just sit and listen. Let it flow through you. Let it inspire you. - Clara
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