This system has its pluses and minuses, but everyone agrees it is what it is and that it gives all our students the opportunity to take part in diverse learning opportunities each year. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grades who are in the school Band class do that all year long, and those are the only students I will not teach at all.
Welcome to all my students this 2nd 9 weeks of the year! We have some things to get done in Computer Lab and I will do my level-headed best to get them done. A few things...
I have worked to further formalize the bell work keyboarding practice routines in all 8 of my classes, and I hope that the progress the students make in typing accuracy and speed will show after 9 weeks of practice. Because of our being in a portable for this first half of the school year, and since we do not have enough computers for each child to always have one, I am using the "Random Name Picker" at classtools.net to make sure students are not stuck with the same (potentially damaged but operational) laptop every single class, and that the same students are not always without a computer.
Over Break, I'm working to complete the Ever-Fi "Digital Citizenship and Responsibility" course. This online course is designed for STEM students grades 6-9 and if I deem it accessible enough I may have all our students complete it. I've addressed this topic in the past with the DC section of BrainPop, and if it seems to language heavy I may only pilot it with one grade level this year. It looks good though!
Watch for a take-home note in your child's backpack with connection web-addresses for this Quarter's class. We're off and running!