Student Writing

SUCCESS TIPS

This means coming to Zooms/Google Meets on time and being fully present. If you cannot, it is your responsibility to communicate with me, check the agenda on my website and Google Classroom for assignments, and complete the work.

BE HERE
BE RESPONSIBLE

You have a lot more freedom and choice during remote learning, but that comes with a lot more responsibility. Be a responsible digital citizen and make good choices. Pretend you are in the classroom

BE RESPECTFUL

Do the right thing:  Be kind, courteous and respectful of others AND of yourself!  Be remembered for the kind things you did, not how mean you were in middle school.

BE HONEST

All work that you submit must be your own. This does not mean turning in a copy of someone else’s work, letting someone at home do your work for you, nor copying information from a website without citing it. I take pride in a classroom that is based on trust and respect.  

BE RESOURCEFUL

When you can’t find something or figure something out, it’s easy to just email your teacher. Now, multiply your emails by about 100 and you’ll understand what your teacher goes through when everyone does this. You will benefit yourself in the future to persevere in trying to find answers yourself before defaulting to a quick email. Reread the directions, Google your question, watch a tutorial, or ask your peers.

BE RESILIENT

You are going to make mistakes. These little failures are not the end. They are the pathway to a deeper understanding. When you fall down, stand back up again -- I’m not so worried about the fall; I’m worried about how you get back up. You know how a rubber band is stretchy? It gets pulled every which way and bounces back. Be the rubber band.

Are your evenings becoming as stressful as your workday because of your student’s homework? Here are some tips that may make the need for alternative relaxation techniques unnecessary and help your child improve their performance in class.​

1. Have a quiet place for your child to work. This should be a desk or table that your child uses only for schoolwork or reading. This designated area should allow your child to focus her/his attention on the work to be accomplished. Play areas should be located elsewhere.

2. Have all of the materials and learning tools your child will need in this study area: paper, pencils, erasers, ruler, calculator, dictionary, encyclopedia, and the like. This will avoid unnecessary trips to the kitchen, family room, or other non-academic areas.

3. Provide a quiet place with few distractions. Do not allow your child to attempt to work with music or television as a background distraction.

4. Use a timer to help your child stay on task. Break the homework time into fifteen to twenty minute sessions. Set the timer for fifteen minutes and give her/him a break, if needed, when the bell rings. Eventually, you should be able to set it for longer periods of time between breaks. Preferably, the timer should not have an audible ticker and should be placed out of the child’s sight.

5. Be there to offer support and to check completed work, but don’t do the homework yourself. Your child needs to feel good about herself/himself and to feel the sense of accomplishment achieved when she/he completes the assignments appropriately.

6. Check off assignments that have been completed in student organizer. File the completed homework in the appropriate section of student binder. Put binder in backpack at night.

HOMEWORK TIPS

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BE HERE

This means coming to Zooms/Google Meets on time and being fully present. If you cannot, it is your responsibility to communicate with me, check the agenda on my website and Google Classroom for assignments, and complete the work.

BE RESPONSIBLE

You have a lot more freedom and choice during remote learning, but that comes with a lot more responsibility. Be a responsible digital citizen and make good choices. Pretend you are in the classroom

BE RESPECTFUL

Do the right thing:  Be kind, courteous and respectful of others AND of yourself!  Be remembered for the kind things you did, not how mean you were in middle school.

BE HONEST

All work that you submit must be your own. This does not mean turning in a copy of someone else’s work, letting someone at home do your work for you, nor copying information from a website without citing it. I take pride in a classroom that is based on trust and respect.  

BE RESOURCEFUL

When you can’t find something or figure something out, it’s easy to just email your teacher. Now, multiply your emails by about 100 and you’ll understand what your teacher goes through when everyone does this. You will benefit yourself in the future to persevere in trying to find answers yourself before defaulting to a quick email. Reread the directions, Google your question, watch a tutorial, or ask your peers.

BE RESILIENT

You are going to make mistakes. These little failures are not the end. They are the pathway to a deeper understanding. When you fall down, stand back up again -- I’m not so worried about the fall; I’m worried about how you get back up. You know how a rubber band is stretchy? It gets pulled every which way and bounces back. Be the rubber band.