I understand that it can feel like a full-time job keeping up with your child’s schoolwork. Elementary school is tough enough, but when you hit junior high you have to keep up with seven classes. With just a little effort up front, you can automate much of this work and have information sent to you automatically and easily see what your child did in class today or if they have any homework.
If you have any questions, ask your child feel free to contact me.
Here are some of the myriad ways to see what's up in room 15:
Our classroom website - From my website arwilson.weebly.com you can find links to all of the resources listed below.
Planbook.com - It all starts with my planbook which is posted online. You can see what we’re doing in class at any time, what standards and skills we are covering, and any classwork or homework for that day. In addition, I post PDFs of any handouts we might have used in class as well as links to PDF and audio copies of the stories and novels we use in class. If your child is absent, she can check our website to see what happened in class or go back to previous days to catch up. You’re never out of touch with what’s going on in class, so if you ever have any question about what we did on a particular day or if we have homework, check the following links from Planbook.com:
Powerschool - A great resource that will automatically send you as little or as much information as you want. You can have an update sent to you every week or even an update sent every day for every class. You can even be notified every time a grade is entered by any of your child’s teachers. For more information, check out the Powerschool page on the LV website.
Remind.com - Easy and frequent communcation between students, teachers, and parents is essential for success and Remind makes it simple. Send me an email if you would like an invitation for your child’s specific class. Please please please sign up for this and encourage your child to do the same. It makes all of our lives easier.
Email - Speaking of email, it’s still a great way to get in touch. My address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I check my email in the morning and evening, but if you send a message on Remind.com, it pops up on my phone right away.
Google Classroom - This is a great way to assign and collect assignments from students. If you have your child’s Google account information, you can log in at any time and see if they have any assignments due. Ask your child to show you around Google Classroom. I'm adding parent/guardian emails to all 200+ Google Classroom accounts so you should be receiving an invitation soon if you haven't already.
Vocabulary.com - Students have really taken to this resource this year. Vocabulary.com uses research-proven menthods to help students master and increase their vocabularies. In addition to lists that I assign, they can make their own lists or simply participate in the “Challenge” to add new words to their vocabulary.
StudySync - I’ve been using StudySync for a couple of years now and my students and I love it. With StudySync. It’s kind of a pain in the neck to log in the first time, but once you’re in, it’s great. We’re able to read novels, excerpts from novels, historical documents, and current news stories.
In addition, students observe and analyze high-level student discussions and participate in discussions of their own. We’re able to cover a lot of ground and it’s engaging and effective. If you look at your child’s account, you can see what we’re working on as well as a collection of his previous work.
Please let your child or me know if you need assistance with any of these resources and I hope to see you online soon!
I know your kids have tons of log-ins and passwords for all of the sites and apps that they use. I try to make this as easy as possible by either having the students log in with their Google info, or they simply click on a link. Please refer to this Google Doc for all of our current log-in information.
This is not just fun, but informative. Gretchen Rubin has a popular podcast called Happier in which she gives strategies and tips for how to be healthier, happier, more productive, and more creative. The lynchpin of Gretchen's work is her study of four behavioral tendencies. She's the first to point out that this is just one of so many personality quizzes out there, but this is research-based and not in-depth or all-defining. I encourage you and your family members to take her quiz to find out where you fall on the chart. It's enlightening and fun, and when you know the tendencies of others, it makes interpersonal relations easier. I'm a questioner, by the way!
I couldn't resist the opportunity to make a playlist, so here's my contribution to our Hamlet project.
Copy of Daily Reminder - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
Honors kids are preparing for a DESCENT INTO MADNESS! Just kidding, but we are going to look at the art of suspense by beginning with an essay from the master: Alfred Hitchcock!