Checking in on our goals

This week on Monday and Tuesday (days 3 and 4) we’ll be reviewing the goals we set last week for reading, math and homework completion. After that, we’ll make a study plan for today based on what we need to work on.

Remember to bring your reading book next week–we’ll be reviewing our progress and setting new goals.

Getting Organized: Google Classroom, Powerschool and Homework

This week on Thursday and Friday (days 1 and 2), we’ll review Google Classroom and Powerschool to see if there’s anything we are missing. Then we’ll set goals for the next week for things related to Homework Completion, study skills, etc. 

We’ll also get into the routine of doing our individual math warmups, and we’ll spend time reading–so bring your independent reading book please!

Getting Organized

This week on Thursday and Friday (days 3 and 4), as IPads are rolling out, we’ll set up our study planning notebooks, and think about what we’ve done in the past to keep track of our work and what we may want to change this year. Remember, we all need a system for keeping track of our homework! 

When I was in middle school, there was only really one way to track homework: you’d write it down. The only  question 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.

Now at AES in 2017, there are many more options. Some students track homework by writing it into a hard copy calendar, such as the AES agenda. This is what I often do, myself. Others rely on electronic tools, such as Notes, Reminders, or Google Calendar. Some students simply check their ‘to-do’ list on Google Classroom each day. Every system has advantages and disadvantages. pic calenar

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. If you are planning to use new tools this year, please share those as well. And 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. Don’t worry if you are new to AES middle school; we’ll be helping you find a system that works for you.

Powerschool, Google Classroom Check

This week for days 1 and 2 (Wednesday and Thursday) we’ll be reviewing Google Classroom and Powerschool to see if we have any missing work. We’ll also check-in about the goals we set last time we met. Here’s the plan:

  • Make a study plan.
  • Check for missing work. Make a list. Think about a goal for the next 10 days or so.
  • Sign up for a conference with me.
  • Spend 15 minutes working on reading or writing, depending on what your focus is.
  • Spend some time working on math–either the math warm up or math homework.
  • Decide what you want to focus on for the time you have left!