A few things to conclude week two:
1) I showed grades. The meme expresses what many of you asked me after seeing your grades. I address this policy very clearly in the syllabus and we discussed it in class at length. It's important that you remember that just because you did the work, doesn't mean you automatically get an 'A.' The quality of the work must be above average or excellent to earn an 'A.'
2) On Friday we took the Gates Pre-Test. Many band members missed class on Friday, and some started their long weekends early. Be ready to take this assessment when you return next week. This assessment is important to understanding your current reading level, so we can measure your growth this school year.
I hope you're enjoying your looooong weekend. I also hope you're reading a book!
This week, we're learning about Common Core!
There's a tab at the top of the web page for an explanation of the Common Core State Standards, or you could just click here.
It's important that, as students, you know what the country, state, school district, and your teacher expect of you. It's even more important to understand WHY that's what's expected of you. That's where this lesson comes into play.
We're taking a look at the standards for Informational Reading, Literature, Language, and Text Complexity--all essential for knowing the hows and whys of what will judge your success in this course.
We will work on this Monday-Thursday this week. Be ready for some tough reading and meaningful conversations. We must understand where we're expected to be in June before we can even begin our adventure in educational success.
Also, I began individual reading testing to gauge where everyone is reading. When will your turn be? Be ready!
On Friday we spent class conducting a book sort to better get to know how my classroom library is organized.
We worked out which stickers indicated genre, if a book is part of a series, and the lexile score of the books.
Next week, we'll work more on understanding the Common Core Standards and individually assessing each student, so we're aware of your lexile score and reading level.
Good luck in week 2!
Today, we spent more time getting to know one another.
The assignment was to write a reader history letter to me. In the letter, you are supposed to address:
1) When you were learning to read (or your first reading memories)
2) Reading for your in elementary school and middle school
3) Your current reading
4) How reading will impact your future
5) Reading goal
This helps me understand where you've come from and where you want to go and how I can help you get there.
The syllabus is due tomorrow. Don't forget!
Phew! We made it through the first full day of school. (174 more to go!)
Today, we reviewed the Syllabus. Specifically, we went over a few big concepts such as Participation Points, Book Projects, and Book Talks, all of which greatly impact your grade. Make sure you look them over again in your Syllabus to make sure you understand all the elements.
Your first assignment was assigned today. The back page of your Syllabus needs to be filled out by your parent/guardian. It is due by Friday for 20 points.
If you misplace your Syllabus, the document it located on the 'Course Documents' tab.
I also handed out a calendar for August and September. This allows you to know what to expect in class each day. A link for those calendars is located in the 'calendar' tab if you need another.
Happy Back to School!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't act like you weren't excited to see everyone at school again. Plus, you met me and I'm awesome.
This week is all about setting class protocols and procedures. We'll go over the syllabus, learn about out-of-class assignments, write about what kind of readers we are, and identify how the classroom library is set up.
By Friday, you will earn points for 4 bellringers, 3 days worth of participation points, your first homework assignment (the syllabus), reader reflection, and group book sort. It's a total of 110 points. Start the quarter strong by earning full credit on all of these assignments.
On Tuesday, we'll go over the Syllabus and the parent portion will be due on Friday. I'll also give you a calendar for August and September. Know your assignments.
If you lose/misplace any of the documents that I provide you this week, they are located at the Course Documents Tab.
Here's to a great school year!
This is Mrs. DeWitz's fifth year teaching Freshman at Thornton, but her sixth year at Thornton.