Being organized is an important life skill
If you Forget how to check on your child's progress for World history.....
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You don't need much
All the new school supplies won't help you, if you don't use them. Using them takes time and effort. Keeping them all organized is magical.
The simplest items are the best!
Please, NO fidget spinners!
Pencils - lots
(some kids can't handle mechanical pencils because they are devices to take apart and restructure)
Pens - a few
Highlighters - YES, several.
Markers - NONE!
Colored Pencils -- I have plenty because I love them, but many students like to have their own set for coloring maps.
Composition Books - 2 for Aug. - Dec. and 2 for Jan. - May
Index cards - if you want.
Pencil zip bag -- great for keeping your tools for learning organized.
We will use as little paper as necessary. Most of the time we will use our folders, pencils, computer devices and composition books.
All of these items are very inexpensive during July and early August. I suggest you purchase 10 or 20 pocket folders when they are 10 cents so students will have them in January when their current folder has been shredded due to vigourous use. : )
How to keep up with progress
All students know how to check their grade, I repeat, all children know how to check their grade. We have extensive training at the beginning of the year and use this skill at least once a week.
It is always shocking to me how students are surprised when they see their grades. In math class, they have learned about averages, but somehow they think that three 70s might add up to a B, because of the roll of the dice.
Please check out Parent Portal. Remember, your child may have you look over their shoulder so you can view their grades.
All 6th grade teachers use Dojo to communicate student behavior and make generic announcements.
What to Do when Unhappy with the results
Talk to your student, please. Ask them why they feel their grades are not at the level they should be. Some students will need to rehearse their learning outside of class.
Here are some tools to help:
Kahoot - quizzes come from here.
Quizlet - Vocabulary Lessons
Blendspace - Class lessons are here.
Google Classroom - Projects and Assessment forms are here.