Thursday, August 25, 2011

August 29, 2011

Today is Early-Out Monday.  See the schedule below. 

Self-Starter:  Pick up your composition book and the half-page handout on the back table.
Read the information on the half-page handout and fill in the blanks. Leave it on your desk when we go to the computer lab.

Class activities:
1.  Assign computer numbers and go to Computer Lab 223 -- take along a  book in case you finish early.
a. Take SRI (computer reading test)
     For information and rationale for using this test, see    If you have further questions, contact Ms. Dorsey.
b. Take Central (Main) Idea Pretest -- paper and scantron
c. Bring your book to read in case you finish early. 

Back in class:
1. Composition book --
Tape in Table of contents -- Taping procedure -- next time
Tape in Learning Editing --  End Punctuation #1  -- Fill in the blanks. Tape this on the third page of your composition book (counting front and back).   
Periods 1 and 2 corrected the half-sheet.  Period 3 and 4 did not.
Periods 3 and 4 practiced the spelling practice procedure. 

2. Spelling teacher's names -- suggestions, practice --
In order to get something to stick in your mind long-term, you must interact with it in meaningful ways many, many times. That's true of almost everyone, though I did have a student once, when I was teaching college, who had a photographic memory.  That's very rare!   So don't feel stupid if you don't remember something after studying it just a few times. 

An Effective Procedure for Studying Spelling Words

Forms of Address for Teachers 2011

Your writing must be legible -- each letter -- to receive points for a name or word.
You must also correctly  use capitalization.
You will lose a point if you have not included your first and last name on your paper, written legibly and correctly capitalized. 

3. Recognize summer birthdays

Important Reminders:
  • Have you selected and started your Book-of-the-Month yet?  See the tab above for Book-of-the-Month.
    Please make sure your parent or guardian approves of you reading  the book you select. 
  • Have you brought your composition book to leave in the classroom?
  •      If your family is unable currently to purchase school supplies, please contact me. 
  • Are you practicing remembering and spelling the names of your teachers, our administration, and your counselor?
Teacher notes to herself:
plain paper
sticky notes cut into strips
computer numbers
tape, clear
copies: editing #1
table of contents for composition book
edit test -- 2 errors
passwords for SRI
SRI instructions
sign-ups for book-of-the-month
#2 pencils 

Monday Early Out -- Today
Time Period Minutes
8:15 – 9:25 1st Period 70 minutes
9:30 – 10:45 2nd Period/Announcements 75 minutes
10:45 – 11:15 First Lunch 30 minutes
11:20 – 12:30 3rd Period 70 minutes
10:50 – 12:00 3rd Period 70 minutes
12:00 – 12:30 Second Lunch 30 minutes
12:35 – 1:45 4th Period 70 minutes

    We will have a
    Minimal Day  on Monday, September 26.
    Time Period Minutes
    8:15 – 9:15 1st Period 60 minutes
    9:20 – 10:20 2nd Period/Announcements 60 minutes
    10:20 – 10:45 First Lunch 25 minutes
    10:50 – 11:50 3rd Period 60 minutes
    10:25 – 11:25 3rd Period 60 minutes
    11:25 – 11:50 Second Lunch 25 minutes
    11:55 – 12:55 4th Period 60 minutes