Study Planning

On Friday and Monday (days 7 and 8) we’ll go over my expectations for study planning–how to make a plan that will keep us on track. Then you’ll make your first study plan, which should include the following things:

  • Set up Study Plan
  • Math Warm UP
  • Work from one or two of your other classes and/or independent reading. 

I’ll also start getting to know you better as readers by meeting and reading with you all individually.

Independent Reading and Google Classroom

This Wednesday and Thursday (Day 5 and 6) we’ll be talking about independent reading. Independent reading is a crucial study skill;  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. We’ll look at the research on this later, but for let’s just say reading makes you a better reader, a better thinker and a better writer.

Most Humanities teachers expect you to read, and so do I. Today we’ll set up Google Classroom, and I’ll send  you a copy of a basic reading log.  I’ll go over what I expect in class and will answer any questions. Don’t worry, my reading log won’t take much time–it’s just a way to keep track of the books you read this semester; this will give us something to talk about when we begin our regular reading conferences.

Getting Organized

On most Day 1 and Day 2’s we’ll focus on organization. Going forward, I’ll confer with you about the work you are doing in other classes  and how you are managing that. This week, as IPads are rolling out, we’ll set up our study planning notebooks, and we’ll step back 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.

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.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.

Study Skills, Reading Check-ins

Hi all!

This week during day 5 and 6 (Monday and Tuesday) we’ll be looking at what PowerSchool and Google classroom to see how things are going. We’ll also be setting goals for what we want to work on in the coming week.

On day 7 and 8 (Wednesday and Thursday), we’ll look at how we’re doing with the reading goals we set last week, and we’ll set new goals for moving forward.