Thursday, December 14, 2006

box works

Today was mainly another work day. You guys have been getting a lot done! I am so proud of the job you are doing! I also gave out printouts and told you that all late work must be turned in by Wednesday, 12/20. If you give it to me after that, it will not count. Some of you are hanging by a thread this quarter, so get a move on!

Tomorrow is the "timed test", so don't forget about it (tee hee). We will also have a lot of work time tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

box work

Today was another work day. I was thrilled to discover that you guys were really good for the sub yesterday! Wonderful! Most of you used this time well and got a lot done. Keep it up!

Tomorrow will be similar to Tuesday in that if you are working for the first half, you will get the second half. I will also hand out grade printouts so that you can see if you are missing anything before the end of the quarter. :)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

workshop work day

Today was a work day for most of it, though I was not there. The workshop was great and you may see some new activities in class next semester as a result. I hope everything went smoothly and that you guys were working!

Tomorrow you will have the entire class period, so use it!

Monday, December 11, 2006

ah the memories

Today was the first work day for the memory boxes. Many of you did very well and took advantage of the time in class. Some did not. If you do not use the time I am giving you to work on it, you will lose that time! Maybe some of you think there is plenty of time this week to get it all done, but you will find that this is not the case. I hope tomorrow is more productive.

Wednesday will be another full class period work day. If I do not see you guys working hard without me reminding you, Thursday and Friday may be taken away as far as work time goes. Don't let that happen!

Friday, December 08, 2006

all your database are belong to us

Today we spent some time working (compare/contrast essay, business letter, missing work, research). We also learned some important information about accessing online resources at home and at school in the form of databases. These are wonderful and I used databases all the time when I was in college at Mizzou. It was much easier to look up information on the computer through the library than to go there and try to check out books.

Next week we will be working on those memory boxes. I will be staying after Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday to give you extra time to work on them. :)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

big 6

Today we spent half the period typing things. Compare/contrast essays, business letters, etc. Most of you were extremely productive! The second half of the class was spent learning the big 6 method of research - breaking the research down into six steps. I think it will really help you guys with the memory boxes.

Tomorrow will be a work day! Hooray! The essays must be finished, along with the business letters. The second half of the period will be spent in the library with Mrs. Struckhoff learning about accessing the databases - wonderful resources for your research. :)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

book or movie?

Today some of us worked on the compare/contrast essay that is due Friday. The rest did a sequencing activity for The Outsiders. I had a meeting for about half the day, so there was a sub and I was disappointed with the report. I was also extremely disappointed with the room when I returned. So, something will happen tomorrow - a lesson.

Tomorrow we will be finishing up the sequencing activity and I will be telling you about the memory box project that you will be doing next week. I will also be introducing the spelling sheets.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Snow Day!

Well, I am feeling much better. I was so very sick all week, but I am ready to come back (after the weekend, of course). I missed you guys and am looking forward to finding out how you're doing!

Next week we will dive into those compare/contrast papers. We should be able to finish them by Friday or Monday. We will also be going over theme and main idea because it seems like a lot of you are having trouble with that. Can't wait! :)