Quick write: words, words, words!

On Day 5 and 6 this week (Friday and Monday), we’ll be putting words in sentences and making sure that we use correct conventions. Conventions are things like punctuation, capital letters and spelling. I’ve chosen three words this week that are both math terms and terms that can be used in other, non-mathematical ways. (If you don’t already have one, get a writing notebook from Mr. Creighton or Ms. Khanna).

Depending on what grade you are in, please write at least one grammatically correct sentence that uses your word:

  • Sixth graders, please use divide in an interesting way.
  • Seventh graders, please use negative in an interesting way.
  • Eighth graders, please use constant in an interesting way.

Those who want a challenge can write try to use all three words in one or more sentences! It would be great to see some of you post your sentences on the blog.


Independent Reading

This Wednesday and Thursday (Day 3 and 4) we’ll be talking about independent reading. One of the most important things you can do to grow as a thinker is to read a lot. Independent reading is not only fun, but it builds your vocabulary and your knowledge of the world. Reading makes you a better reader and a better writer!

Most Humanities teachers expect you to read, and so do I. I’ve pushed a copy of a basic reading log to your Academic Support or Study Skills folder in your Google Drive. Please open it, rename it and record any books you’ve started or finished since the start of this school year. (I’ll go over what I expect in class and will answer any questions. My reading log won’t take much time–it’s just a way to keep track of the books you’ve read this semester.) Note: If you’re already doing this for your Humanities teacher, you can save time by sharing that document with me and linking to it on my reading log.

Once you’ve done that, sign up for a quick conference with me. We’ll talk about what you are reading now and set some goals for the next week or two!

Study Skills Check-in

On Monday and Tuesday this week (Day 1 and 2) we’ll be taking a look at Power School.

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 3.06.16 PMThe first thing you should do is to go to the Powerschool portal and book mark it. Then try to log in. If you have difficulty, check with Mr. Creighton or Ms. Kanna and we’ll see if we can help. If you don’t have access to you’re password yet, we can show you what your page looks like from our computer.

If you are able to access Powerschool, make sure your schedule is correct. Take a look at each of your classes to see if you have any updates, comments, or missing assignments.

When you’ve done that, find the email I sent you last week after our study skills conference. It will include ‘next steps.’ If you still need to down load Sunrise, or add any teacher blogs to your IPad’s home screen, please take care of that!

When you’ve done these things, think about a study skills goal for the next week and sign up for a conference with Mr. Creighton!

Homework Helper #1 or “The first step to success is not forgetting to start!”

When I was in eighth grade, there was only really one way to reliably track your homework: you’d write it down. The only pic calenarquestion was whether you’d write it in a calendar, a binder, or on a scrap of paper. I know I tried them all, with varying degrees of success.

Over the past few days, I’ve discussed homework tracking tools with students in all my classes. I’ve been really impressed. Many of you use an AES agenda along with your Sunrise Calendar. I confess that is my favorite method, maybe because I still use a paper and pencil agenda to keep track of some things! Other students supplement their calendars with apps like Notes or Reminders; this can be especially helpful for larger projects which contain many smaller parts.

I thought it would be interesting to share with each other the systems we use for remembering what we have to do and when we have to do it. Please tell us what you do and why it your think it works for you in the comments below. While you’re at it, why not read what other students are doing? You might learn a new trick or two while you are at it!