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Spring is in the air, and while for most people spring brings April showers and May flowers, for students it can be the most dreaded time of the year. Teachers pile on the things they forgot to cover over the past year, there are no more breaks until summer and the end of the school year is rapidly approaching. Stress can build up very quickly in the fourth quarter, but there are ways to combat the end of the year blues, if senioritis hasn’t struck already.

 

Have some fun
Homework, studying and projects can seem monotonous and stressful if there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. There needs to be something that can keep you going and keep you motivated until all your work is done. Whether it’s going to see a movie over the weekend, making plans with friends or reading a new book you’re interested in, you need something that will encourage you to work. Just think, once done with your homework you will get to enjoy yourself. If you’re going to work hard, you need to play hard.

 

Just do it

Nike had it right: Just do it. Homework, that is. Instead of going on YouTube for a few hours, Facebook chatting everyone you know (including that weird kid from elementary school who keeps talking to you), or zoning out in front of the TV, just start your homework. Don’t wait until midnight to open Google Classroom when you’ll undoubtedly feel the time pressure. Start it as soon as you can. Tik Tok will still be around when you’re done with your math.

 

Sleep

This is probably the single most important thing that students neglect. And while students always say, “I need more sleep” no one takes action to correct the problem. Think of it this way: You can stay up for the better part of the night and answer math questions you’ll probably forget in the morning or you can get some rest and be able to read the questions properly. Sure you can lose sleep and write that essay, but how good is it really going to be? If you really have that much work to do, go to bed earlier, wake up earlier, and do your work in the morning when you’re refreshed and can concentrate.

 

Talk to your teachers

If you’re at your breaking point, most teachers can be reasonable and understanding if you just make an effort to go in and talk to them. Explain the situation, why you’re stressed and ask for their help. See if you can get an extension on that paper, take the reading assessment during your free period or turn in your homework the next day. You’ll never know how lenient a teacher is until you ask. But going in the day an assignment is due probably is not going to do you much good. If you’re responsible and inform them of the situation in advance there’s a higher chance they’ll be sympathetic to your cause. But if you go into it acting like they owe you something, it’s almost guaranteed that you’re not going to get that extension.

 

Plan ahead

There’s a reason you have Google Classroom. With a little planning you can avoid large amounts of stress. When you see just how much time you have to do a project, you can spread the pain out over a week instead of doing it all the night before. If you can see exactly how much time you have you can better organize study groups, force yourself to ask for help in tutoring, and have more time to do what you want to do. Most people don’t even bother looking ahead in Google Classroom even though it could help them prevent stress.

Math Schedule and Meeting Links:
Be sure to use your PCLC provided Chromebook.
All remote students must log in to Zoom classes daily.
 
  • Arrival/Morning Meeting: 8:50 AM-9:30 AM at this link (same as 1ST BELL).
     
  • 1ST BELL: 9:30 AM-10:20 AM = 7A Math at this link (same as morning meeting).
 
 
 
  • Tutoring--8th grade: 12:20 PM-1:00 PM = at this link (same as 7th grade tutoring).
 
      • Lunch--7th grade: 12:20 PM-12:50 PM
 
  • Tutoring--7th grade: 12:50 PM-1:30 PM = at this link (same as 8th grade tutoring).
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      • Lunch--8th grade: 1:00 PM-1:30 PM
 
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  • Afternoon Meeting/Reflection: 3:00 PM-3:30 PM at this link (same as 4TH BELL).
 
  • Dismissal 3:30 PM-4:00 PM
View your complete daily schedule at this link.
 

Classes

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Congratulations to The Great Friday Gift Card Giveaway Winners!
 
Let's give a big celebratory yell for our first gift card winners:
 
7A--Charniya
7B--Kishanti
8A--Nadir
8B--Sharron
 
The Great Gift Card Raffle will be held every Friday, so there is still opportunity for students to enter. (Must be present the entire class time to win.)

Congratulations to This Week's Great Friday Gift Card Giveaway Winners!

Let's give a big celebratory yell for our second gift card winners:
 
7A--Travis
7B--Donovan
8A--Serenity
8B--Aaliyah
 
The Great Friday Gift Card Giveaway is held every Friday at the end of class, so there is still opportunity for students to enter. (Must be present the entire class time to win.)

Math Classwork/Homework Websites, Usernames, and Passwords

I have shared a document with all 7th & 8th grade math students that includes a link to each website as well as usernames and passwords. Students should
  1. Go to drive.google.com
  2. Click "Shared with Me" on the left
  3. Find the document titled "Password Keeper"
If students did not receive the document, that means I do not have their PCLC email address. Please send an email to me with the PCLC email address in the body. sdwilliams@phoenixclc.org

Happy Monday, everyone!

Be sure you have completed all assignments listed on the Classwork page. I have begun to grade the assignments.
 
PLEASE NOTE:
1. Press submit after completion of the assignment, even if it takes you to another document.
2. Submitting blank assignments is like turning in a blank piece of paper. You earn a score of zero.
3. Be sure you have followed all instructions on the Classwork page and on the document page.
4. If you do not understand instructions or the concepts, please come to Office Hours to ask your questions. I hold Office Hours every day Monday-Friday. See the link on my teacher webpage.
 
Let's make this a great week!

Gift Card Incentive

Students will earn a chance to enter a raffle for $5 gift cards. Raffle drawings will be held on Fridays beginning October 2, 2020. Winners will be notified by email. Students will earn a raffle ticket for each of the following:
--Being in class each day and on time (or early).
--Having your face visible on the screen for the entire lesson (unless otherwise instructed).
--Actively participating in class.
--Completing classwork and homework assignments (following all instructions) by the due date.
--Working cooperatively with your Cohort. (See Cohort Selection assignment in Google Classroom)
 
Students should fill out the form in their Google Classroom to suggest their ideal gift card.

Daily Lessons

I am creating Google Slides for each lesson to create a daily routine for our class and to help us maintain time management. Some slideshows will be posted on Google Classroom; some will not. Some slideshows will be required to be completed for a grade; some will be for reference. You will be notified on your class page and on Google Classroom when an assignment has been posted to complete for a grade. As you can see, each lesson consists of five parts. All five parts are essential, so you must be present and on time for each class.
 
1. Welcome/Warm-Up:
  • Daily check-in
  • Social-emotional activity
  • Learning target(s)
  • Lesson vocabulary
  • Mini-Lesson
2. Student Practice:
  • You try to complete at least one problem on your own.
  • This is where productive struggle comes into play. I want to see how well you persevere in using problem-solving skills. I also want to see what you already know how to do regarding this learning target.
3. Guided Practice:
  • We complete a problem together. 
4. Independent Practice:
  • I will present a problem (usually a test-type question) for you to solve. I will share one or two answers (anonymously) for the class to discuss what were the strengths of the strategy used and what needs to be improved. The discussion will use the terms in the learning target and the lesson vocabulary list.
  • I may also present one way to solve the problem.
5. Wrap Up/Exit Ticket:
  • You will complete a self-reflection about how well you understand the lesson's learning targets. 
  • Then you will complete an Exit Ticket to see if you have mastered the lesson's learning targets.
 

Google Classroom

Be sure your scholar has enrolled in the Google Classroom for their class. I have included the link on their Class Page on this site. Your scholar must also be present in our live class for the entire 45 minutes each day. Grades are determined by a combination of class participation, assignment completion, and assessment scores. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or comments.

Parent/Guardian Communication

Parent(s)/Guardian(s),
 
Yesterday, I sent out an email to all parents for whom I had an address. If you have not receive the email, please let me know at sdwilliams@phoenixclc.org. If you have received the email, please respond to it so I'll know. The letter includes some time-sensitive information. Once you read the letter you will understand what this sign up is for.
 
Thank you in advance,
Sandra D. Williams, MAED

Learning Targets

Learning targets for the week of September 7, 2020
  • I can ask and answer questions about mathematics.
  • I can make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • I can show what I know about mathematics.