Thompson ELA Update 1/26/15
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Parent Teacher Conferences
- Conferences will be held in the gym on Monday, February 9th and Tuesday, February 10th from 3:00PM to 7:00PM.
- Early Release: Thursday, February 12th
- No School: Friday, February 13th & Monday, February 16th.
*As I tell my kids, NO STRESS about grades. We need to focus on if students are mastering concepts. ELA is a "slower" subject that takes significant effort. I wish I could just grade everything with a "right" and "wrong" check mark, unfortunately that does not help learners grow (and it would be pretty inaccurate). My students are constantly thinking, creating, and reflecting.
In ELA, we have been using a neat website called StraightAce. It's a supplementary eLearning program that helps them learn and practice ELA concepts from grades 3-8.
It has a kid-friendly interface, and so far kids seem to enjoy practicing ELA concepts. I sometimes will assign quick lessons, but students can also use the "self-study" curriculum. The "self-study" curriculum has a list of topics (I have 5th, 6th, and 7th grade open). Students can choose what they are interested in, and work on their skills (and earn "coins" and points).
The website is straightace.com. You child has their own school login and can login any time.