The week of February 6, 2017
Hello There, I was introduced to this form of a newsletter and fell in love with it. It allows you to include lovely photos and the layout is clean and crisp.
Now that we've begun our 2nd half of the year, I thought it would be a good time to reconnect with you and let you know what's happening in our humanities class.
One change I've embraced since late-fall is relying more on Google tools, Studentvue, and Schoology to keep materials accessible for students. I stopped posting on our humanities website. It felt time consuming and redundant. I want students to be aware and in control of finding what they need and the website didn't seem to work well for that. I push things out to students nearly daily via their student email and their personal Google Drive. It's been wonderful seeing kids work more independently and know where and how to access things easily. As a parent or family member, many handouts can found in a student's email or Google Drive. Often, hard copy assignments can be downloaded from Studentvue. On Studentvue, when a handout is available, you will see the assignment marked with "resource". A resource can be downloaded and printed.
Below you'll see some highlights from humanities:
Each Friday, we take a break from our regular curriculum for Friday Focus.
The last few years, I have wanted to do something like the Friday Focus curriculum I've created for this year. We began Friday Focus the first Friday back from Winter Break. From then until the end of school, I have 3 main units for Friday Focus: Growth Mindset, Executive Function, Middle School Emotions, and finally a reflection unit. We began with Growth Mindset. Below is a video overview of what Growth Mindset is.