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Google Classroom vs. Website

posted Oct 22, 2017, 8:52 AM by Nancy Sebert   [ updated Oct 22, 2017, 8:52 AM ]

If you are a regular visitor to teacher websites, you may notice that this one, while still valid, has not been updated in some time. We have a relatively new tool, called Google Classroom, that allows regular communication between teachers and students about classwork expectations, assignments, grading, and all parts of class that students need to know in order to be successful.  I have been using this tool regularly for the past couple of years because I find it very useful and helpful with students. Unfortunately, Google Classroom is within our closed system of communication at school, which means that parents cannot see this from outside the closed system. A work around is for parents to ask their student to show them what is on Google Classroom regularly. I have also been trying to keep the team website calendar updated with ELA due dates and assignments, so that parents can check there as well. I hope this information is helpful!

Review Writing

posted Dec 12, 2016, 4:37 PM by Nancy Sebert   [ updated Dec 20, 2016, 5:16 AM ]

Students explored review writing, which is categorized as informational writing about reading, because it is very publishable and widely used as a tool to help people decide how to spend their time and money. We started with children's books and short stories with two different practice reviews that received rubric grades and feedback. Students will be applying their skills to their independent reading books next, to provide another opportunity to prove mastery of these skills.

Writing Process

posted Oct 26, 2016, 4:21 AM by Nancy Sebert   [ updated Oct 26, 2016, 4:21 AM ]

Students in the seventh grade just completed a study of the writing process using a variety of media to investigate the idea of a process (starting with sculpting clay pencil holders), comparing a sculptor to a writer, using terminology associated with writing such as drafting, revising, and editing, and then developing their own writing process. Students created a visual through any medium they wished (poster, Prezi, slideshow, stop motion movie) and explained their process in writing, and then presented their process to their classmates in a presentation that was videotaped for their portfolios. Immersion in this work hopefully helped students to understand that all writers use a process to create publishable work, certain vocabulary words help us to discuss writing more accurately, and that THEY are writers with a process!

Google Classroom

posted Oct 20, 2016, 9:34 AM by Nancy Sebert

Since students have the ability to take their laptops home, please encourage them to show you how they access Google Classroom and work toward being a paperless class. The capabilities are still being discovered, but it has been a useful tool and students should check every day and see classroom updates on the skills they are practicing.

Open House was wonderful!

posted Sep 22, 2016, 10:02 AM by Nancy Sebert   [ updated Sep 22, 2016, 10:02 AM ]

Thank you for coming in to meet the teachers, hear about our team, and visit our classrooms. If you didn't get a chance to see us, feel free to email or visit at another time. 

Welcome Back!

posted Sep 7, 2016, 2:41 PM by Nancy Sebert

So happy to meet a new class of students and get to know some names and faces today!
Please remember to have a book with you at school.
Regular schedule starts tomorrow!!

A visual for Writer's Process student work

posted Nov 12, 2015, 11:56 AM by Nancy Sebert   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 11:56 AM ]

Students created pencil holders out of clay while learning about the process both writers and sculptors use. They then took this information and applied it to their own lives and writing by explaining their own process with an essay and a visual. Here are the results! Pencil holders are on the table and some of the examples of visuals surround it.

Reading Expectations for LA

posted Oct 14, 2015, 5:06 PM by Nancy Sebert   [ updated Oct 14, 2015, 5:06 PM ]

Students should be very familiar with this information by now, however, parents may appreciate knowing the official expectations for reading homework in LA class. All students should have independent reading material that they read regularly at home and during "free" time at school. Thirty minutes a day, at least six days a week, or 180 minutes of reading time will earn a student a "meets" or an 8.5 (85%) on Infinite Campus. If a student wants to earn an "exceeds", they would need to log 210 minutes of reading time a week or a 10 (100%) on Infinite Campus. Students have accounts on Reading Rewards, a handy website that is very easy to use. There is a link on my "Let's Talk Books" page of this website. I am also trying to acknowledge the Rock Star Readers on that page as well.

Welcome back to school

posted Sep 10, 2015, 1:50 PM by Nancy Sebert   [ updated Sep 10, 2015, 1:50 PM ]

We've started the school year with a combination of team building, policies and procedures, and work. You have been inundated with paperwork to sign, but as we set up the year, keeping expectations clear, it will make the whole experience more smooth for everyone. Please feel free to email or call if there are any compliments, questions or concerns!

Just for parents

posted Jul 7, 2015, 12:42 PM by Nancy Sebert   [ updated Jul 7, 2015, 12:44 PM ]

Here's a link to an article that made sense to me:
Enjoy and happy summer!
Nancy Sebert

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