We are on our way to a short week and hopefully a wonderful vacation. Curriculum is winding down. We are finishing up a couple of assignments on Monday and Tuesday. New units of study will begin after the break.
My reading class is finishing a small poster project in which they analyze the graphics of a story "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere". They are looking to interpret character and story through the illustrations.
My math class is studying Chapter 7 and will take a test on Tuesday. This test is on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing integers, as well as solving algebraic equations.
Behavior these last few days before the break is getting tricky. I have a group of wonderful, kind students who care about their classmates. However, many are forgetting how to talk to their friends politely. Kids are making unkind comments and responding, in kind, when they hear unkind things. Please speak with your kids about paying attention to how they speak to others. Everyone, adults, kids, teachers, everyone, must pay attention, at all times, to how they treat others. It is a life long practice. Rarely do kids mean to be unkind, but once feelings are hurt, an apology doesn't necessarily, make anyone feel better.
Finally, I would like to briefly discuss assignments. Generally, each Friday, I gather the papers for the week, organize them into piles and begin grading and imputing grades. I add the grades to Jupiter Grades and put a zero for those that are missing so the kids and parents are notified and can get that work in. This is so the students will keep track of their missing work and get it to me. I know that it is disconcerting to see a zero, but, that gets the Jupiter grades program to notify you, and helps the children to see what, mathematically, a zero does to the grade. I am very flexible with late work, and give the students an entire week. I also want the remind the students that I have been very consistent. I write what is due on the board, I write "Turn in Work", and I have you regularly repeat, out loud, when something is due. With that said, I have just reviewed last weeks assignments, for reading, writing, science and math and am missing 94 items. I am sure these will be turned in, but I suspect it will be at various times throughout the week. So, be patient, I'll input the late grades as soon as possible, but it takes some time.
The moral of the story is "Please, turn in your work." And, be forgiving when I am slow to correct a grade. Certainly, I understand when there are absences, but 94 missing assignments is too much.
Hopefully, we'll wrap things up this week and begin anew after the break.