Thursday, June 1, 2017

June 1

Fourth period students took their final exam today! As of this posting, all grades are complete and final.

Have a great summer, and don't forget to read!!!

How To Avoid the Summer Slump!

We read an article about summer learning loss, so I asked students to come up with some tips to stay sharp this summer! I taped them up in the hallway so other students can benefit from their wisdom. Here are their great ideas!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 31

First and 2nd period classes completed their final exams today! Exam grades will be posted tomorrow morning.

Fourth period will take their exams tomorrow.

It's been a great year!

Instead of a board pic, here's a funny by one of my favorite funny people,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 30

I encouraged students to keep an eye out for my classroom books and return them as soon as possible.

Students read other students' blogs and left comments.

Students created a list of tips on how to beat the summer slump (inspired by a past article of the week).

Students spent the remaining class time working on their exam review. I answered a few questions and reminded students that they'll be writing about their AP title on the exam, so they should know the title and author.

Here's a little send-off I wrote--I'll be delivering this speech to the seniors at the pinning ceremony tonight.

Today's Board

May 26

Students picked up their writer's notebooks today. As of the publishing of this blog entry, all grades are current. I'll be entering Reader's Blog by Tuesday, 5/30.

We reviewed some of the big questions that students wrote on notecards yesterday. We may not know all of the answers ourselves, but we know books can help get us closer to them.

Students completed a final reading reflection. This assignment should be turned in on Classroom before the end of the class period. These grades should be entered by Wednesday, 5/31.

Coming Up:
Wednesday, 5/31 - 1st & 2nd period exams
Thursday, 6/1 - 4th period final exam & early release!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 25

IRT: ~20 minutes

Students who did not finish the persuasive letter yesterday handed it in today.

Students completed an end of course survey. I use this information to find out what's going well in class and what I need to improve.

We discussed philosophy and the big questions in life. Students wrote questions they have about life, love, and the world in general. We'll share a few of these tomorrow.

With the remaining class time, students worked on the final exam review.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 24

IRT: ~20 minutes

We updated the final review that students received yesterday because I removed a few things and added a few things in the Julius Caesar section. A revised version is available on Classroom with the changes highlighted in yellow.

Students determined the speaker, situation, and significance for 4 quotes from Julius Caesar. Students also practiced using their persuasive skills in a letter requesting a bonus opportunity from their teacher.

Today's Board