This day 1 and 2 (Tuesday and Wednesday), we’ll review our Powerschool and set Smart Goals for the coming cycle. In preparing for our conference, think about what you are doing well on, and where you want to focus in the coming ten days. The more specific you can be the better. It may make sense to set two goals: one dealing with missing or late work, and one dealing with upcoming projects.
We’ll begin working on close reading in the next few weeks; this will be helpful for all students, but especially for eighth graders working on the POP project!
On Thursday and Friday this week (days 7 and 8), I’ll be conferring with you about the notes you have taken in other classes. If you’ve already conferred with me, you’ll have a little extra flexibility to plan your study time. If you’ve not got two sets of notes (at least one from a lecture or video), we can talk about a plan forward. It may be you have notes but don’t realize it. If you don’t, then I’ll give you some time to practice your note taking skills in class, and you can take notes in another class today or tomorrow.
For those looking for extra practice, you can try watching and taking notes on one of the videos we watched last semester. Here’s one on what motivates us. Here’s one on procrastination.
This week on days 5 and 6 (Tuesday and Wednesday), we’ll be reviewing our past reading goals and setting new ones. If you are ready for me to check your note taking assignment, I can do that as well! The final deadline for those notes will be Thursday and/or Friday (days 7 and 8).
On days 3 and 4 this week, (Friday and Monday), I’ll begin looking at notes you have taken in other classes. If you are ready to share yours, sign up for a conference with me and we can meet and assess those today. If you are not ready, I’ll be happy to meet with you and help you problem solve any difficulties. The note taking scoring guide is here. There’s a video about different notetaking methods here. Here, you’ll find some examples of interesting notes AES students took in response to that video.