Thursday, November 18, 2010

Starting off right: The Second Trimester

As far back as I can remember, the second trimester is one where the most amount of intellectual growth happens. It is the time when students start to really stretch out from a thoughtful frame of reference. The third trimester is when sentiments begin to emerge, and the first is one where comfort develops. It is the second where I find that the most amount of intellectual growth begins to emerge in students. This year will be no exception.
Seventh Grade
Upon our return from Thanksgiving Break, students take their Chapter 6 exams. This is worth 300 points and students need to ensure that they are clear on all topics presented. What should be done if students are confused on concepts:
1) Make an appointment to speak with me- I think that this is a very important element. Opening the lines of communication is critically important in this domain and throughout the year.
2) Examine the online version of the textbook- See the blog for link.
3) Open dialogues with colleagues about content- Sometimes, some of the best learning happens from peers immersed in the same challenges.
When the exam is over, we will start on our chapter 6 writing tasks and take this until the Winter Holidays.

Eighth Grade
Students will email their PPT slide shows on Marx/ Smith by Wednesday, November 24. Then, students are going to start the process on reading Howard Zinn's "Robber Barons and Rebels." It is difficult reading and students must keep up with it on a nightly basis. Falling behind even one night makes the next night extremely difficult. Students should keep pace and if confused, make appointments to speak with me. After this, students will work on their Howard Zinn assessments and take this until the Winter Holidays.

As always, if I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
All best and happy hunting.
Mr. Kannan

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