Thursday, February 3, 2011

Being Heroes in an Army of Construction

The unexpected two days off from school in the past week does not deter us from our overall goals and sense of purpose. The idea of being able to be the change that we envision is something extremely powerful for our students this week. Assessments loom large as we are into the closing weeks of the trimester.

7th Grade
The Final Exam is near, soon to be here. The exam is going to take place on the 22nd- 26th. A letter regarding it will be forthcoming. Students need to concentrate their studying each night to the appropriate concepts that will be featured on the exam. Students have sample questions in their packet from past exams and this can be used as an excellent guide as to how to prepare for this exam. Many students have embraced index card and the flash card method should be actively pursued, as I believe that this has been a successful method in the past. The online flash card resource, Quizlet, might be another resource for two reasons. The construction of online index card further strengthens the hold on material. Additionally, the site has excellent review games that students can play based on their index card. The mobile application allows it to be portable, as well. We will continue our RTI questions each day, and this can further assist student comprehension.

8th Grade
Students will have an enrichment sheet on the Helen Keller sheet due on Monday, with another enrichment sheet due on Pirandello's "War" due on Wednesday. Additionally, students will be required to post three comments on Edmodo by Thursday night for a grade. Students will be working towards a two day exam on World War I and an assessment on World War I Primary Sources due on Friday, 2.25.

Nightly work is going to be critical in seeing our students become the warriors in an "army of construction," to become the change they envision. The words of Progressivist thinkers loom large in such a pursuit: "The fight goes on, the cause endures, and the dream shall never die."

All best.
Mr. Kannan
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