March 7, 2014:
Conferences are set for March 18 and March 23, from
3:30 to 6:30 in the Cafeteria. Please let me
know if you'd like to schedule a private, somewhat extended
conference, and we'll arrange a time
on March 23 in my classroom.
Otherwise, it's wait-your-turn-in-line format.
I have observed that those students who get to class
quickly, write in their planner and get mentally set
for class each period, learn more and get better grades
than those students who hang out in the hall with
their friends and scramble to get to class at the last
possible moment. We recommend that students go
to their lockers at the beginning and at the end of the day,
and before and after lunch - but otherwise go straight to
class. I have observed a group of students hanging out
by the lockers outside my classroom - my advisory students
and friends - between every period. It's not
that this isn't allowed, but it may not serve students
well. (Yes, I have had this conversation with
students; they may need to hear it from parents as well.)
Along this note, I collected Planners and Assignment
Record Sheets (where students record scores as
assignments are returned) and posted scores on Power
School based on how up to date and accurate these were
being kept. I told students for 8 days running to
expect this. Yes, there
is a correlation between these scores - how well
students write in their planner and keep track of their
work - and overall grades.
For all that, in general I am noting a greater
commitment among all of my classes - and most all of the
students - to a more dedicated attitude toward
learning. Students are supporting each other to do
their best work, and grades are in fact rising as the
Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade choirs on
their performance today, to our Academic Games teams
who are competing this week and next, and to the Clague Chess
Team who came in first in a state competition last
6th Grade Math Page
We are reinforcing Place Value
as we work on Multiplication
with Decimals. As with fractions, finding an answer
isn't the point; understanding why each step works is.
We are especially focusing on Math Reflections
Yesterday and today students - working alternative on their own,
and in class - spent a half hour both yesterday and today
working on Inv. 2 Alternate Math Reflections - how to estimate
with multiplying of decimals.
There is no homework this weekend, but there will be a quiz
on Monday on Inv. 1 and 2 - with problems similar to those in
the ACE problems.. We will then begin Inv. 3, division
of decimals. One thing students need to know is that we
NEVER MOVE THE DECIMAL POINT!
Grade Social Studies: Much
of the process skills in social studies involve research and
taking notes. This week we did research in the labs on
the Gupta Empire going beyond what was in the
textbook. I then modeled taking formal outline notes,
and then had students do their own on the last one or two
sections of Ch. 18. Students have the weekend to
finish this, along with one activity sheet. Then on to
Ch. 19 - geography and early settlement in China.
Grade Social Studies: Students are to have read
and take notes on Ch. 21 - Micro-Entrepreneurs in Africa and
the Role of Women - by Tuesday. Students in choir, who
missed today's class, may wish to do some work at home.
South Africa to come - I will be supplementing the
chapter with a presentation on my trip to South Africa last
The second progress report for the Travel
Journal Project is due Tuesday
Students should have their detailed itinerary
on 10 of the 15 research topics, and several pages
of journal writing completed
. Pictures are
encouraged. The project is due 2 weeks later, on March
25. I will be giving directions for the Title Page,
Contents page, Bibliography and Index.
links for potential use:
2nd hour Soc.
St. Grade 6 class code:
6th hour Soc.
St. Grade 7 Class Code:
7th hour Soc.
St. Grade 7 Class Code: VCPSZ