Alrighty then! I can dust the chalk off my hands and the dirt off my shoulder - the website has been updated! Check "Classy Stuff" for this years calendar, syllabi and pacing guides. #LetsGo2015! #Back2School
Writing performance tasks hasn't been easy - but it has been rewarding. Lately, I've found that my students are much more engaged with the very real and active task of debating ethical issues (as per the latest class project) than the more passive task of simply reading a novel.
So what's the task?
Students reading Frankenstein are to research and then debate the ethics of an issue facing medicine and science today. These issues can range from the ethics of keeping people alive unnaturally to the "goodness" or badness of creating glowing kitties - despite their adorable glowing faces. Students will then form a pair to face off with another duo of debaters.
Who will win? Only the judges can tell...
The wonderful poem by George Ella Lyon, "Where I'm From" is simultaneously simple and profound. Her amazing ability to make me feel all warm and fuzzy while listening to her family history is what makes it one of my favorites - and one of my favorite assignments.
In this assignment, students were to mimic the format of Lyon's list poem and create their own "Where I'm From" poems. They then set this poem to words and pictures (and in some cases, film and music!), to create a digital story that not only gives them an opportunity to explore and brag about their culture, heritage, and history, but also gives me an opportunity to get to know each of them a bit better.
I can't wait to share some of them!
It's been a busy three days at school. Students have gotten settled in, both online and in class, and have already gotten a good start on the semester.
Three down. Eighty-seven to go!
the cost of the Government shutdown
As of this publication, it is Day 10 of the federal government shutdown - and aside from the furloughed government workers and the delay due to the government, it appears that this shutdown is costing quite a bit of money. According to Bloomberg.com:
The shutdown cost $1.6 billion last week in lost economic output, according to IHS Inc. (IHS), a Lexington, Massachusetts-based global market-research firm. As the showdown enters its eighth day, the office closures are now draining an average of $160 million each workday from the $15.7 trillion economy.
Several businesses that depend on now furloughed employees pumping their hard earned dollars back into the economy are suffering because of the shutdown. This week, however, came the devastating announcement that the government shutdown will be hitting a bit closer to home as the Department of Health and Human Services had to halt Women Infant and Children (WIC) benefits this month, due to congress's inability to pass a budget..
RALEIGH, N.C. — State officials said Tuesday that no new benefits under a federally funded program designed to ensure proper nutrition for pregnant women and their young children will be issued because of the ongoing government shutdown.
Read the article regarding DHHS halting WIC benefits (Burns and Binker. Shutdown forces DHHS to halt WIC benefits. WRAL.com. 8 Oct. 2013.) and, on your blog, discuss wisdom of having such programs unavailable and the possible economic impact - negative or positive - on our country.
What does it mean to have freedom - truly?
And for this freedom should people be required to say the Pledge of Allegiance daily? Should they be required to STAND for The Pledge? Should they even be required to be quiet during this time? Or is this an infringement upon our freedoms.
Everyone dreads homework...
This week's articles are about China, France, and a growing list of countries that want to do away with the concept. Read at least one of the following articles.
Need to know exactly how to respond to the article you chose? Click "Read More".
Okay, that's not quite accurate. I'm close to being ready. But, oh man! I could use another week to prepare!
Awhile back I made a bunch of Thinglinks of student blogs - but it wasn't working out on my last website. In light of needing a new way to connect all my students since the shuttering of Google Reader, I think this may be a thing that I bring back. Pictures, with links. Whoo!
Granted, these students haven't been writing since like, 2011, but I figured this would be a good picture with which to experiment. So, here the are - this Monday's featured writers. From like, the past.
Whoo! It's the end of the year and there is a lot to celebrate! We finished up the year with a 96% pass rate on the final exams!
Round of applause for y'alls!
Even though we all know that "grades aren't everything" and that a lot of what you learned and accomplished this semester can't be measured by a summative assessment, I know that you're anxious to find out how you scored. Please make sure that you check your SPAN progress report against your records. Final grades have already been turned in - but if you notice a discrepancy between your folder, what you thought you should have, and what is listed, shoot me an email and let me know! I will look into it as quickly as possible.
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