Today I am updating grades in English-- as I am quite behind. Catching up on work that students have turned in, I am seeing many trends that I want to address within my class. Currently, I have 167 students (AME and PreMed) with 62% earning an A or B, 20% earning a C and 18% earning a D or F.
Just like schools across our county, the number of students struggling in my classes are double or triple from a normal year. For some students, distance learning is working great, but for many students, it is not. I am making a few changes and will constantly be trying different things to help students. That is my goal.
Changes I am making: I plan on moving a bit slower after our Thanksgiving break, working collaboratively with History to combine lessons and focus. I am considering how to redesign our class time for the next semester for greatest impact. In December, I will be surveying students for their input. Expect more changes to come that will help our students succeed. If you (students) are behind, please try to catch up over the break. Continue to revise work and check comments on grades and rubrics for feedback.
Come to Academic Support on Tuesday for PREMED (2:15-3:15) Thursday for AME (2:30-3:30) to work with your peers and ask questions.
Thanks! Have a lovely break.
I will also be meeting students on Zoom for class. This time will be used to provide instruction using a balanced literacy model, for further collaboration, and to answer questions. We will meet for 30-45 minutes at most and then have time to work. Students will have access to me during their class time. If they are confused after we meet, they can watch the video again later (to be posted in Google Classroom each day), send me a Remind text, or email during school hours.
Zoom Norms for ELA (Students):
1. Use the button above to enter class during your scheduled class time.
2. Be sure that you are using your school email address, your first and last name, and an appropriate (professional) picture of yourself as your profile picture
3. Be on time to each meeting. I will give you a 7 minute window. After that time, be prepared to watch the recording and turn in the assigned work for attendance.
4. For the first 10-15 minutes of our time together or until instructed, your camera should be turned on.
5. During that time, you should be stationed with your Writer's Notebook and something to write with, prepared to learn.