Exploratory Wheel: Computers 6th

Monday, November 18, 2013

Reading Plus Performers: 16 Weeks of Greatness!

We are entering our 17th week working on Reading Plus activities. Recently, students learned that when they finish the week's Reading Plus tasks, they can continue working to do makeup from previous weeks. The goal is to color in all the bars completely with green (see illustration). Last week, ten students completed 100% of the activities for the year! These students will be rewarded with a picnic lunch on Tuesday! Congratulations to Siddhi Patel, Mira Chehade, Joshua Zalkan, Joshua Valan, Tyson Fitzgerald, Layla Budeiri, Kaylee Patrick, Aidan Mather, Jadan Flowers, and Meredith Giangaspro! At the end of this week, I hope to have some new additions to the "Lunch Bunch"!

About Grades in HAC

Students in my computer class are provided a 90 minute block of time to complete their assignments for the week. I give manageable assignments that can be completed by most students in one class period. I always allow extra time for those who need it, and Mrs. Miller and I are available to help any student who requests additional help on the assignment. I require that students upload their assignments to Edmodo and post it to me. It is very easy for me to look at each child's account and see if they did this or not. If the work is not posted to me, I have to enter a zero. With 380+ students, I can't prolong the assignment and take work after my deadline. I have been very patient and taken late work all year. It's time for this to stop. Students are asking me to go back and change a grade from a month-old assignment because they finally got around to doing it. It's just too difficult and time-consuming to continue this. Please discuss this with your child. If they are timid about asking for help, encourage them to write a note to me, or send an email.

This Week's Web Picks....

Focus on the Standards

CCSS ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.5

"Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to an understanding of the topic."

Authors choose different text structures to ensure that students have a full understanding of the topic. This video is for students and helps them to see how utilizing all of the features of a text book, including illustrations, glossary, and appendices, aid in understanding.

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