January 15, 2016
EARBUDS OF HEADPHONES NEEDED SOON
There is 1 thing I need to ask and that is for every student to have earbuds or headphones. Students will be working at various rates as they complete assignments, which sometimes involves sound. They will be doing Lexia at least 2 times a week at school and Lexia involves sound. In order for the students to be able to work without disturbing others with the noise coming from their computers, they will need earbuds or headphones.
My daughter got a pair of earbuds with extra coverings in a small container for $1 at the Dollar Store. She uses them daily and they are still working. If your child already has a pair, please send them. If you know you are not going to be able to get a pair by next Wednesday, please let me know so I can see what I can do about getting some. Remember that I do not expect you to think you need to go out and purchase an expensive pair.
WHAT'S NEW WITH THE COMPUTERS?
This week students have been able to log into 2 different programs and see assignments and independently complete the assignments. For example, before writing their OPINION PAPER on Zoos, they were able to log into Canvas, answers a question about their thoughts on Zoos(before doing more research) and submit it to me. They did a great job and this allowed them to practice responding to a question and writing(typing) in complete sentences. Though I only graded content, this was good practice with writing sentences. I then was able to give them a grade and give immediate feedback through a my comments about their response.
Next, the students followed a link to written articles on the Pros and Cons of Zoos and took notes on paper. These notes will help them in writing their paper next week. They also watched a short video interview and responded to questions about the interview.
Next week they will log into Canvas again and choose 2 additional resources to read or watch and take notes on them before writing their paper.
When they write their paper they have to use information and comments directly from these resources to support their writing.
Students also practiced taking a reading test and a Geometry test using a county provided resource.
Famous Quotes by Martin Luther King
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.