|Love the SMILES|
|They don't look too miserable, do they?|
The first few weeks of school are challenging. Everything is so new to the seventh-graders, and it really takes time to get them acclimated to procedures and "how we do things." For example, in my class alone: students signed up for my Google Classroom, created a turnitin.com account, creating a noredink.com account, and creating a Schoology account! This is in addition to their main account to log in to the computers at school. In order to help students with this, I gave each child a paint swatch from Home Depot. We create each account in class together, and I had them write down their user name and password for each account on the paint swatch. If they had a phone, I encouraged them to take a picture of the swatch in case they lost it! Of course, there were still students who said that things like, "Schoology won't let me in." I insisted they take out the paint swatch, and sure enough, they had typed in the wrong user name! :) However, I have been doing this long enough to know that the first few weeks are the hardest, and after that, the kids know exactly what to do!
|You will see this in your child's backpack!|
In addition, we read an article called "The Secret of Straight A Students." I explained and modeled how to annotate a text.
|Getting out of their seats to share annotations|
I gave them a sentence frame to guide them. As I circulated around the room, I was truly impressed by their insights and conversations. As usual, I am SO enjoying my students!
|Sentence Frame for Sharing|
|Students sharing annotations!|
|They are AMAZING|