22 Sep 2015 Comments Off on Digital Citizenship
18 Sep 2015 Comments Off on Google Tips
14 Sep 2015 Comments Off on SSR Book Stuff
Do to the overwhelming number of students in each class, I am altering the SSR assignment slightly.
As always, you must read two outside reading books per semester. What’s changed is what you do at the culmination of reading each book. Now, each semester, you are responsible for one “book talk” and one “SSR fat paragraph”. Make sure you schedule you book talk via my appointment system. Your fat paragraph is due to Turnitin.com, and your blog (per. 6 doesn’t have blogs, so you’ll only turn it in to Turnitin.com). THE ORDER IN WHICH YOU DO YOUR BOOK TALK OR FAT PARAGRAPH IS UP TO YOU (and probably dependent on when you can get a book talk appointment). If you want to do your fat paragraph before the first deadline (check your calendar), and your book talk between the first deadline and the second one, that’s your choice.
Please note that ALLLLLLLL book talk appointments have been deleted. If you had an appointment, it no longer exists. The slate is clean and everyone has the same advantage. If you have already completed your book talk, awesome, all that’s left for you is the fat paragraph.
09 Sep 2015 Comments Off on What Kind of Learner Are You?
We 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!)
01 Sep 2015 Comments Off on 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.
21 Aug 2015 Comments Off on 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.
05 Nov 2014 Comments Off on Tech Tip: Evernote
So many of my students are “plugged in” when it comes to smartphones and pads, yet I’ve noticed not many of you have the very best app around: Evernote. Besides the Google suite this is my #1 go to app. The best part is the syncing ability which I think you will all appreciate. Check it out and download it on all your devices ASAP.
31 Oct 2014 Comments Off on Great Presentations
All of you have to present at one time or another. Even a simple book talk is an opportunity for you to shine in the spotlight. When I began showing TED talks in class several years ago my purpose was to expose my students to good presentation styles, in hopes that it would inspire you. I strongly encourage all of you to read this post which discusses the TED Ten Commandments. It might be helpful the next time you have to present.