Room 10- Jasper
Jasper's Update 11-6-2020
Hello all and happy rainy Friday,
Thank you to all the people who showed up to conferences. We appreciate learning about the home side of school and everyone’s experience. Thank you also for the continued positive support. We greatly appreciate all the kind words, smiles, and laughs that were had during conferences. If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.
Supplies from Distribution - We still have a lot of supplies that were not picked up last week during distribution. If you are one of those families who weren’t able to make it, please contact the office to make arrangements to pick up supplies.
This week, we finished up our group Native Nations Regions research. I’ve had a chance to look at most final projects and they are really well done. Have your student show you their contribution, or even present it to the whole family. As we finished up the research project, we also learned a new online tool from National Geographic called Map Maker Interactive. Your student chose at least five places around the world they wanted to visit. Do you know what their top five places are? Ask them to show you.
Have a wonderful weekend, and remember, next Wednesday is Veterans Day so there won’t be any school.
Jasper's Update 10-16-2020
Happy Friday Room 10 Community!
School is in full swing! Students are doing great work and completing the majority (if not all) of their weekly work and other assignments.
We started math instruction this week which has daily follow-up practice. We find that when students practice daily, math tends to stick with them better. It helps the lesson stay fresh in their minds and prepares them for their next lesson.
Students are moving forward in Cultural Studies by researching different regions of pre-European First Nations in multi-leveled groups. Each student is studying one aspect of their region. They are using many different resources to find information. If you have any books at home that could help with research, encourage your student to use those as well as the resources we provided.
Thank you for your continued positive support! We are seeing high levels of engagement and attendance. This is great. Thank you for supporting your student and keep up the good work!
Try to enjoy the sunshine while you still can.
Jasper's Update 10-8-2020
Happy first short week of school!
We have made it through another great week! We have been doing a lot of work to learn the tools that we are going to use all year long. Thanks for all the support you have given us and your students!
Remember, if you or your child ever forget their schedule for the day, we are posting the daily meetings on the Google Classroom stream. The schedule that is on the website and that was sent home with your supplies is an outline of general times. The stream on google classroom will give you a much more detailed picture of your students daily schedule. Please encourage your student to check the stream every morning.
Starting next week, we plan to start math groups. These will be small group zoom meetings. We will do our best to record these group lessons but it is also extremely important for students to show up to these lessons. Many of the concepts that we will be taught build off each other. If a student doesn’t come to lessons, the following lessons may be hard for them to understand.
We have been doing our best to record meetings and lessons without having students displayed in them but unfortunately, due to the nature of Zoom, it is very difficult to give an effective lesson without showing students’ faces. These recordings are only posted in the Upper El classrooms for students who did not make it to the meeting or need to review a concept.
Please let us know if anything is impacting your child’s learning at home and if there is anything we can do to help. We have a limited view of your students through our group zoom and one-on-one meetings, so any input you provide is very helpful and appreciated.
We appreciate all of the positive support you have given us.
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Jasper's Update 10-1-2020
Happy October Room 10!
In this, the second week of school, we started some larger projects and some cultural studies. Hopefully, you saw your students engaged in some fun activities.
One of the biggest concerns we heard in the spring was a lack of student to student connection. One way we have seen students recreate an “in-classroom feel” is by opening a Google Hangout Video and doing work side by side. It creates an environment where students can be working but still chatting at the same time as they would in the classroom. Please encourage your students to try this. If your student has a hard time reaching out to other students, have them use Anna's help link and Anna can help set them up with someone to work with. Bonus: all three classrooms are fairly aligned in their assignments so students can collaborate across rooms as well!
I would also like to stress the importance of the one-on-one zoom meetings. These every other week meetings are our time to connect with students. We may talk about work or what they did this weekend, just like we would make connections in the classroom. Please encourage your student to attend these one-on-one sessions. We find them very vital and informative.
The daily Zoom meeting schedule, including small groups, one on one, art, and cultural studies, will be posted on your students Google Classroom Stream every day and addressed in the morning meeting. If they are confused about when or where to come to a zoom meeting, have them check the stream first. We are working toward a more regular schedule.
Finally, many parents have signed up for the Google Classroom Guardian feature. If you have not yet signed up and are still interested, please let me know.
Jasper's Update 9/25/2020
Hello Room 10 Adults,
The year is off to a great start! We made it through the first week! Tears and fears and mishaps happened and we all survived!
Good news: Art and PE start next week. Art classes will take place on Anna's link at 2:00pm on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. We will communicate instructions for PE next week. 1 on 1 meetings will continuebut every other week due to time constraints. The schedule will be posted on google classroom for your student to reference.
From our side, everything seems to be going great. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves and working hard. If your experience is different, please reach out and let us know. We have kept the glitches to the bare minimum (only 256,935 this week!). We hope that is the case for you too.
Google Classroom is up and running and everyone is signed up (Congratulations!). This week, students refreshed their knowledge of how to screenshot and everyone learned a new online tool called Padlet. Next week, we will start cultural studies with some afternoon lessons and students will be asked to complete a math placement assessment.
Thank you everyone for sticking through this with us.