Blog Post Revisions

600px-Black_pencil.svgIf you are revising a blog post, or turning in one for the first time, DO NOT e-mail me. Simply click here and fill out the form.  There is nothing else you need to do, unless it is a new post, then you need to submit to Turnitin.com as well.

Smarter Balanced Testing Practice

sb practiceThere’s a way you can take a full practice test before the real version comes to our school next month. I just tried it and it’s awesome because it literally mimics everything you will have to do, from start to finish. I think you will be a bit surprised at the level of difficulty of this test. I highly recommend each of you, 8th graders and 11th graders, take advantage of this while you are off this week. I’ll try to schedule some time when we are back in class, but can’t guarantee it.

Remember 11th graders, this can really boost your grade!

When you get there just keep clicking as a “guest”. Once you get the this screen you should choose the ELA practice test and/or the ELA performance task:

sb practice

Amazon’s 100 Books Young Adult Books

read_beside_me_foreverNot sure what to read next? Check out this list. There are some great picks there. Something for everyone!

Digital Citizenship

This is a great infographic! Check it out and learn from it!


Knowthenet presents Manners Matter

Knowthenet presents Manners Matter the online Netiquette Do’s and Don’ts infographic.

Google Tips

Here’s a great article from Google with 55 awesome tips for students. Check it out, you might learn some cool tricks.

What Kind of Learner Are You?

learningstyles001hWe all have different ways we learn best. For example, I am not an auditory learner. If you give me directions, without writing them down, I am completely lost. Why does this matter? It can help you immensely if you identify what kind of learner you are, so then you can study effectively, rather than haphazardly. This site has some good insights and tips. Check it out and see if some of them are useful. (Disclaimer: it has a tremendous amount of ads associated with it. Sorry!)

8th Grade To Do List

This post applies to PER 6, 8th grade students. Here’s a check list of things that you need to do over the next few days. Please have everything done by 9/9/15:

1. Read, print and sign the Academic (dis)Honesty Agreement. Please return ONLY the bottom portion.

2. Read the syllabus for your class (see tabs above). Digitally sign, certifying that you have read and understand the syllabus.

3. Fill out the Student Survey.

Beginning of School Check List

This post applies to ALL PER 1-4 students. Here’s a check list of things that you need to do over the next few days:

1. Read, print, sign and return the Internet Safety Agreement. Please have this done by 8/28/15.

2. Read, print and sign the Academic (dis)Honesty Agreement. Please return ONLY the bottom portion by 8/28/15.

3. Read the syllabus for your class (see tabs above). Digitally sign, certifying that you have read and understand the syllabus. Please have this done by 8/28/15.

4. Fill out the Student Survey. Please have this done by 8/25/15.

5. Sign-up for a Gmail account (if you don’t already have one). Please ONLY use a Gmail e-mail address when you sign up for your blog.

6. Set-up your blog (the window to set-up your blog will be open from 8/22-8/28/15). Make sure you follow the instructions I give in class, otherwise it will be immediately deleted. Please have this done by 8/28/15. DO NOT WRITE ON YOUR BLOG UNTIL YOUR INTERNET SAFETY AGREEMENT HAS BEEN SIGNED AND RETURNED!

7. Read the Bi-Weekly Blog Instructions.

8. Read about adding photos to your blog.

9. Begin looking for blogs to follow and looking through the sites I’ve bookmarked to help you with your bi-weekly blog.