Thursday, April 10, 2014

Feeling Blue

Mr. McGinty, Sad and Overworked
Warm Up: Grade Check and Deep Thoughts  Good morning.  I'm feeling a little down today.  As you know, I have been working very hard since the introduction of the Chromebooks to provide you with engaging learning experiences each day.  I spend hours of my own personal time each week creating lessons, researching new applications, and grading your digital assignments.  However, I feel that many students in this class are not putting in the effort or hard work that I expect.  Few students are reading regularly and completing their digital log entries.  Major projects, despite extra time and offers to help students at lunch, are not being completed.  Basic assignments are not getting turned in. It's discouraging.  I expect so much more from each of you!  

I spent several hours yesterday grading your assignments.  Please go to School Loop and check your overall grades and performance on individual assignments.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to send me a message via Loop Mail or meet with me privately.  I'm on your team!  I want you to succeed!  But you have to be willing to put in the hard work in order to get the results that you want.  

Check out the video below about a young man who has put in the hard work and whose effort is about to pay off in a very big way.  

Library Visit: Book Finding, Silent Reading, Test Taking, and Digital Logging  In order to ensure that you are stocked with good books to read over Spring Break, we are heading to the school library today.  Please use this opportunity!  In addition to finding books, you may take A.R. tests, silent read, and even log your reading using our online Reading Log.  Are you making progress towards your A.R. goal?  

Homework  (1.) 30 minutes of silent reading at home.  Make sure to record your reading on one of the digital reading logs available.  Our weekly Google Form reading log is here and the Google Spreadsheet reading log can be found here.  (2.) Deadline:  'The Connotation Worksheet' assignment is due tomorrow, Friday, April 11. Make sure it is completed and in your name folder within your Language Arts folder.  

Reminder: Apostrophe Re-Take Quiz Today  If you were disappointed with your recent Apostrophe Quiz result, I am offering a one-day-only re-take quiz today in my classroom at lunch.  You're welcome to bring your lunch and try to raise your grade! Hope to see you there!