Jon's Weekly Update 2-27-15

posted Feb 27, 2015, 11:42 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, 3/3, 3:15-4:15pm         TRUE  Rehearsal

Thursday, 3/5, 3:15-4:15pm       TRUE  Rehearsal

Friday, 3/6, 6:30-7pm                 **TRUE Performance: OSLP Lincoln Gallery

Tuesday, 3/10, 3:15-4:15pm         TRUE  Rehearsal

Thursday, 3/12, 3:15-4:15pm       TRUE  Rehearsal

Mon, 3/23-Fri, 3/27                    NO SCHOOL-Spring Break

Mon, 3/30                                   Classes Resume

Saturday, 5/9, 4-7pm                  **TRUE Performance: Student Uke Jam, Cozmic Pizza

Thursday, 5/28                           Canopy Connections Field Trip

Thursday, 6/4, 6:00-8:00pm      Eighth Grade Graduation

Mon, 6/8-Thurs, 6/11                 Adventure Trip

Wed, 6/10                                   Last Day of School


Dear Middle School Family,


In case you caught wind of the rumors that I've accepted a job at MIT as a professor in Atmospheric Science, I thought I'd set the record straight: it was just a fictional example I used to establish my credibility in declaring that the sky is, indeed, blue.  In other words:


We're working on hard sentences again.


We're learning how to correctly quote sources and make explicit, numerical references to data in order to support our arguments.  According to 93% of the students polled in a recent study at Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School in Eugene, Oregon, crafting an authoritative sentence in this manner is "harder than it looks."


It's going to take some work, but it's worthwhile work.


Life Science (from Carrie)

Last week we analyzed our plant growth experiment data and created graphs to illustrate our results. This week we carefully constructed scientific conclusions about our results.  As we wrap up our studies of water interactions and water quality, we will present our knowledge of how to gauge the impact of various human land use activities on waterways. 


Cookie Sales!

...are off the charts!  We've created a sensation.  We used our profits this week to reinvest in the business and buy bigger, professional cookie sheets, and a set of measuring cups we don't have to "eyeball."  We're netting about $80 a week.  The kids are doing it all!


Mistake Bow

The kids are not doing it all.  I missed a real learning opportunity with these cookie sheets.  I was determined to make it easier, better.  Carrie measured the oven and I researched and found cookie sheets that fit perfectly for the best price.  I ordered them Monday and they got here Tuesday.


I make this kind of mistake at least 10 times a day, despite my determination to help my students, and my own children, to "do it by myself." 


My mistake was I saw a need and I did it for them.  I should have put the money back in their hands and engaged them in a discussion about the silly resources we've been working with.  "How can we invest what we've earned to make things better/easier?" 


Our job, yours and mine, is to help them learn to become adults.  The more success they have engaging in real-life activities right now, while they're in middle school, the better they'll be able to take care of themselves for the rest of their lives.  I'm not exaggerating.  Hold them to task!


Parent Homework

Don't do for your child what they can do for themselves.  Insist on their participation at home.  Packing their own lunch (and you approving it!) is a good start.  Doing their own laundry is another.  Dishes.  Meal preparation for the family... Vacuuming, dusting, picking up...  It kills me, the stories they tell me!


There is a strong correlation between academic grades and the chores that students are responsible for at home.  "Why should I have to work at school, if I don't have to work at home?"


Work habits start and end at home.  It's not too late.  Help!


Sincerely,

Jon and Carrie

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