6th Grade Reading & Technology

Sept. 15, 2014

Edmodo Doesn't Replace A Planner....

"Education sure has changed since I was a kid!" I'll bet you've said THAT at least once in the past three weeks! If you have a first time middle schooler, things may seem a bit overwhelming this year! Edmodo, Reading Plus, HAC, SAC, Book Fair, Magazine Sales, PE clothes, Common Core Standards...you get it! And, how many usernames and passwords can one kid possibly manage!? It certainly does get a bit crazy! So here's the good news. We are giving students a "cheat sheet" to write all their usernames and passwords. In addition, students have been encouraged to use a planner in every classroom. Teachers post homework in a conspicuous place in their classrooms and students are frequently reminded to copy the homework in their planner. Edmodo serves as a reminder for those occasions when a child is ill, comes to class late, or for some other reason, doesn't get the homework copied down. We teachers do realize that we are expected to post assignments on Edmodo, however, and we are doing our best to accommodate students and their parents. Please also encourage your child to find a "study-buddy", another student in the same class whom they can call to get homework clarification, or missing assignments.

Web Picks of the Week...

More about Reading Plus 4.0...

Students have been really working on SeeReader in Reading Plus in the computer lab and scoring BIG! There have been more than 400 scores of 80% or higher on the comprehension tests! I know some students have experienced a bit of frustration over the "paced" reading passages because they are forced to read at a certain speed. This is the "guided reading" portion of Reading Plus and it is necessary for improving reading fluency. For the most part, students have been working hard and earning tokens to move from island to island in our Pirate Themed classroom! We will begin awarding prizes this week!

Thanks for all the Donations!

A number of you have already donated very generously! I am SO grateful and we will begin awarding prizes this week. The first drawing for two $5 gift cards will be for the first 20 students who leveled up in Reading Plus. All of our students are winners, and I want to be sure to recognize those students who set goals and work hard to reach those goals!