Computer Arrived via DonorsChoose.org #DonationForDeskTop

#DonationForDeskTop

#DonationForDeskTop

Thank you to everybody that supported our class project! The desktop computer came today!!! Although it was the wrong brand, I am grateful because this one is pretty similar. I contacted DonorsChoose.org about the mixup, and they let me know that the other one may have been out of stock, so they sent this one. I’m currently setting up the computer as well as installing Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010. I’m very excited to get it set up in the classroom for the students to use after Labor Day! Next step, thank you letters as well as a few photos for the donors that helped make this happen…

Class update #4 [Week of 08/26/13 – 08/30/13]

Week #4: class reading of Monster by Walter Dean Myers, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on sentences…

Week #4: class reading of Monster by Walter Dean Myers, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on sentences…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 08/26/2013 to 08/30/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 4 – Quarter 1[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin reading the novel, Monster, by Walter Dean Myers during week #4. During our in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, & Summarize. Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading. Students will work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. Students will also work on Week #4′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #4′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 08/27/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 08/30/2013. I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday. Continue reading

View & Respond – Texting & Driving

    #itCanWait

#itCanWait

Today, the class worked on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards during a view & respond activity about a CBS News Report: Texting and driving: New Herzog film shows consequences. The activity began with a handout that can be viewed [here]. I instructed students to read the news article via CNN to give the background to the to the story. Students were prompted to use their active listening skills (who, what, why, where, when) during the viewing of YouTube Media clip. Once the clip was complete, I gave students about 3-5 minutes to jot down any information they couldn’t during the viewing to help guide the discussion. I then opened the floor up for discussion by asking initial reactions.

This is a very serious as well as relevant topic that affects a lot of individuals including myself – we’re all guilty of texting and driving to a certain degree. That being said, I think it was important to see what my classes thoughts are about the problem. Luckily, none of them are driving yet, but hopefully when they do, they will put their phones down and pay attention. I think it’s important for students to understand that it only takes one second, literally, for bad things to happen behind the wheel of a car. One of my main objectives with this type of view and respond is to engage, effectively, in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own point(s) of views clearly. I hope to reach that outcome through the multimedia source presented as well as notes using 5W’s format, discussion, and the view/respond handout. We will be watching the entire documentary in the weeks to come via YouTubeContinue reading

Class update #3 [Week of 08/19/13 – 08/23/13]

Week #2: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on paragraphs…

Week #3: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on paragraphs…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 08/19/2013 to 08/23/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 3 – Quarter 1[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue Unit One – A Matter of Perspective in their Literature and Language textbook by reading Stolen Day, The Charge of the Light Brigade, and From Exploring The Titanic during week #3. During our in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, & Summarize. Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading. Students will work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. Students will also work on Week #3′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #3′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 08/20/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 08/23/2013. I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday. Continue reading

Books Arrived! [The Pearl & The Giver] #DonorsChooseOrg

The Pearl & The Giver

The Pearl & The Giver

Our class books came from DonorsChoose.org today! A few weeks ago, I put together a project to receive two classroom sets of books, The Pearl & The Giver. I’m so thankful to the people that donated as well as helped to get these for my class! Those 9 donors will be hearing from us soon;)

Lunch Walk #LetsGetMoving

#LetsGetMoving

#LetsGetMoving

I’ve decided to put together two lunch activities with the Junior High students – both are optional. It’s twofold. On Mondays & Thursdays, I’m going to invite them to get active outside with a lunch time walk. I think it’s important to stay active or at least get moving after you eat – something I need to be more committed too. I figured on the days that I have extra time during lunch, I might as well start taking walks. Luckily, I have a nice big playground to do the walking. I’m currently trying to lose some weight, and I would like some walking buddies 😉 I also think this would be a nice opportunity to build with students outside of the classroom setting. That being said, I try to go out to the playground during lunch to converse with students at least once a week. I might as well be walking when I’m talking.

On Tuesdays & Fridays (I do a majority of my grading those days), I’m going to offer my classroom for students wanting a quite area to do homework or to catch up on work that they “forgot” to do 😉 I will be handing this flier (here) out on Monday, and these will be totally optional activities. I’m not sure how many students will actually be interested, so we will see how it goes. If anybody has ever done this, I’m open to suggestions on how to get more people involved…

Class update #2 [Week of 08/12/13 – 08/16/13]

Week #2: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on punctuation...

Week #2: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on punctuation…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 08/12/2013 to 08/16/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 2 – Quarter 1 [click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin Unit One – A Matter of Perspective in their Literature of Language textbook by reading Elements of Non-Fiction, Homeless, Little by Little, and Lose Now Pay Later during week #2. During our in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, & Summarize. Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading. Students will work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. Students will also work on Week #2′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #2′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 08/13/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 08/16/2013. I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday.

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Class update #1 [Week of 08/05/13 – 08/09/13]

Week #1: In-class reading, journal entries, learning how to cite text using MLA format, and learning how to correct ourselves in Unit 1...

Week #1: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, learning how to cite text using MLA format, and learning how to correct ourselves in Unit 1…

Greetings and a big welcome back! As promised, I will be giving classroom updates once a week. I will also be sharing a few classroom happenings on this blog as well. Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 08/05/2013 to 08/09/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 1 – Quarter 1  [click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature,  students will begin Unit One – A Matter of Perspective in their Literature of Language textbook by reading Introduction of Elements of Fiction, Seventh Grade, The War of The Wall, and Hearts and Hands during week #1.  During our in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, & Summarize… Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading.  Students will also work on Week #1′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #1′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 08/06/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 08/09/2013. I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday. Continue reading

Soul By Ludacris Headphones Contest [Extrinsic Reward]

 Soul by Ludacris SL150 Pro Hi-Definition On-Ear Headphones (Autographed)


Soul by Ludacris SL150 Pro Hi-Definition On-Ear Headphones (Autographed)

Last year, I had a contest during the 4th Quarter to see who could receive the highest average in either Literature or Writing. The reward was a pair of custom Air Force Ones [see contest here]. I’ve decided this year to do a contest to give away a pair of Soul By Ludacris Headphones [see picture]. How it will work is pretty simple. I will show the headphones to the students, give them a few ground rules, and they will compete for the highest grade average. What I haven’t decided is the time frame of this contest. I’m thinking about either the first two quarters, or making it for the entire four quarters. If I do it for two quarters, it will make for a nice holiday gift. If I do it for the entire four quarters, it might motivate somebody for an entire year. We shall see and keep it TBD (feedback is welcome)…

A little extrinsic reward, you bet. I’ve had these headphones for awhile, and I rarely use them. They’re very good quality, but I don’t use them. I figured a student that works hard to win these will get a lot more use out of them. Lesson for the students, when you work hard for things, you give yourself an opportunity for good things to happen… On that same note, there is only one pair of headphones, so working hard, just like in life, might not get you what you want all the time. That being said, you still have to put forth the effort to give yourself an opportunity to be successful.