Question #1: What extra credit is there for the fourth quarter?
Answer #1: As always, each unused hall pass is worth 5 extra credit points. (That’s a 20-point opportunity) for staying in class and using transitions for non-emergency restroom and water breaks. Other than that … there is NONE for this class. As specified on my syllabus: “Extra Credit and Recycling are privileges and are NOT guarenteed. Earn your desired grade through regular assignments.” Alternate assignments fall into this category too. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Question #2: Ummm… then what can I do to improve my grade?
Answer #2: The regularly assigned work. Please see the May Calendar for ELA as it has what we’re working on in class. Please note: the quarter will end and so will the regular assigned work. Few days + no extra credit + limited alternate assignments which are priveleges = do your best on every assignment you’re given!
Question #3: I was absent. What did I miss?
Answer #3: The regularly assigned work. Please see the May Calendar for ELA as it has what we’re working on in class. Any physical hard copies of work you missed can be found in the absent bin–which as a rising 8th grader–you are responsible for checking. The only digital assignment we completed was on Thursday, May 16th and it was Checkpoint #3 (assessment grade) on Ch. 9 of The Outsiders. The challenge pin you will need for this make-up work is: 05068. No resources were used on the assessment. Since it was due the same day it was assigned, your due date is the date you return.
Question #4: I was in (make-up) testing and missed your class. What do I do?
Answer #4: Treat this circumstance as an absence. See previous answer.
Question #5: I have the calendar and I know you have gone over this again and again in class, but I’m confused. Can you break down what assignments are left?
Answer #5: Yes. ELA is broken down into the five CATEGORIES below. All assignments that there are in the fourth quarter are already in Focus.
- CLASSWORK – Assorted Standards as Measured by The Outsiders Activities*
- Ch. 5-6 Poetry Analysis
- Ch. 7-8 The Outsiders Interview
- ASSESSMENTS – The Outsiders Comprehension Checks on Assorted Standards
- Check Point #1 – Mind Map on Ch. 1-5 (score out of 5 points)
- Check Point #2 – Using Context Clues to Infer Definitions of Ch. 7-8 Vocab. (8 additional points can be added on top of Check Point #1)
- Check point #3 – Ch. 9 Summary of Key Ideas and Details Kahoot (10 additional points can be added on top of previous Check Points)
- PROJECTS AND PRESENTATIONS – The Outsiders Socratic Seminar
- STUDENT ENGAGEMENT – finalized for the quarter
- HOMEWORK – all, but hall pass extra credit has been finalized
* For these assignments in Focus, students are completing work for ALL the activities and being given the BENEFIT OF THE HIGHEST SCORE EARNED being the grade reflected in Focus.
.Question #6: But I did that, when are you going to update grades?
Answer #6: At my earliest possible convenience. While I once was in your shoes and remember all to well the frustration at
teachers to just do the “one thing” I needed… I assure you, I am not leaving school at the sound of the bell, teleporting home to a fully-cleaned house where problems cease to exist, and snacking on leftover cupcakes from school, while I binge-watch Game of Thrones.
Rather, I am juggling the known and unknown roles of teaching in the same 24 hour period, doing my best to achieve work-life balance. If I am slower in responding to you, it is due to the increase in volume of end-of-the-year responsibilities, commitments, and communication.
Please know I am working throughout the day and then some. All missing work will be input as soon as possible (sooner, the less I have stop doing what I was doing to answer when I am going to do the thing I was just interrupted from doing….) Trust me, I will have everything finalized prior to the district’s cut-off. I have informed students that I have a self-imposed deadline of May 24th. I will be unavailable after May 24th, so I am working diligently to ensure everything is finalized by this date or sooner. This is in an effort to simplify all our lives. Students have worked hard and they deserve to enjoy all the festivities the last week of school. Parents, you too have stressed enough and deserve the peace of knowing where your student stands before report cards are published.
So you see, we’re all team Duval and your child’s success. Help me, help you.
As needed, should more F.A.Q. arise, they will be addressed here. Thank you for your continued support. It’s appreciated more than words can express!