Clint's Weekly Update 10-13-16

posted Oct 13, 2016, 11:48 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Please consider spending time with us on October 19 for Curriculum Sharing Night.  There are two sessions to choose from 3:15-4:15pm and 6-7pm.  This is an opportunity for your son or daughter to show off some of the materials they work with everyday and some of the projects they are currently working on in class.

Morning Work Periods

Below is a list that students and I created that shows the approximate times it might take a student to complete the various works during a typical Monday through Thursday work cycle.  

Works and other activities during the Monday-Thursday Morning Work Periods

Approximate in-class time to complete each work*

1. Math lesson + research

90 minutes

2. Geometry + research

90 minutes

3. Editing card

30 minutes

4. SRA

60 minutes

5. Language study

30 minutes

6. Computation card

60 minutes

7. WWS study + partner test

30 minutes

8. Community service

30 minutes

9. Philosophy story

60 minutes

10. Calendar project

60 minutes

11. Breakout biology research

30 minutes

12. Morning meeting overruns

30 minutes

13. 5 minute warnings

20 minutes

14, Snack

40 minutes

Total time (approx.) needed each week to complete all works.

660 minutes

(or 11 hours)

Morning Work Period runs from 9am - noon, Monday through Thursday, meaning that 720 minutes (or 12 hours) are set aside for students to complete the above works at school.  Many students have acknowledged not using their time wisely and are starting to take responsibility for turning in missing or incomplete works.  

If your child has uncompleted works at the end of each week, I encourage you to discuss how they are using their time in class and put together a plan for making better choices.  Some ideas that students and parents have already generated include:

  • Checking with math group members more often.

  • Get math research done sooner.

  • Make a list of priority works.

  • Make sure the directions are clear.  If not, ask questions.

  • Make a daily list of works.

  • Complete the follow-up right after the lesson.

  • Bring cubbie to work station so I don’t walk around.

  • Pay close attention to when works are due.

  • Work harder.

  • Take better notes.

  • Sit at a solo work table so I don’t get distracted.

It is interesting to note some of the self-identified activities students are said they are choosing to engage in, instead of work:

  • Instead of getting my work done I am looking out the window, thinking, and talking.

  • Talking to friends.

  • Goofing off.

  • Walking around.

  • Simply choosing to not do work.

Math and Touch Typing Tracking Calendar

Parents that responded to the survey about math and touch typing indicated that there is support for students completing these activities at home.  However, if computer or Internet access is not possible at home, then you are encouraged to ask that your child complete this work at school during the Morning Work Period.

In this week’s Home Folder you will find a calendar for your child to keep track of their math and touch typing homework.  The instructions on the front cover ask that a parent approve at least:

  • 4 days a week of math* homework and

  • 4 days a week of touch typing homework

*If your child is able to answer all of the basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts fluently (3-5 seconds each), then encourage him/her to arrange with you a different type of math practice, like Khan Academy.   Students are welcome to use the XtraMath and TypingClub accounts that I have set up for them, or select different programs with parent approval.

Bike Safety Program

Bike Safety begins on October 17 and runs through October 28.  

Students are also encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets, but will not be using any bikes on the first day of the program. Also, there will be no indoor storage available for bikes here at Ridgeline.  The bikes will need to be locked up or taken home at the end of bike safety each day.  NOTE: Only helmets that pass inspection will be used during the program.