Distance Learning Updates – 7B
March 24, 2020
Hello to all of you. I pray that distance learning is going well for your family. Even though I miss greeting students and working with them each day, I have loved interacting with them via email during the past couple of days.
Here is a link to a prayer service video. We hope that families are able to take a few minutes to watch it and participate. https://bit.ly/March25FrCraig
March 19, 2020 Update
Mrs. Peters and Mr. Nelson shared this Active Home link for our students:
March 17, 2020
I pray this finds you and your family healthy and in good spirits. We are certainly living through what I hope is a once-in-a-lifetime situation. I have been researching options for e-learning and planning lessons for your child. I am not an expert in this delivery method, but I will do my best for your child.
The guideline we have been given is to provide about 20 minutes worth of learning per day for each class. Because some students may finish lessons more quickly, I will also provide some enrichment options. All assignments will be posted on Google Classroom; your child can access that through his or her school account. I will not post assignments on the homework blog. My plan is to post the week’s assignments by 8:15 a.m. each Monday beginning on March 23. Due dates will be posted for each assignment. I know that some families have several children sharing a computer, so I will not require my students to be online at certain times every day; however, I may set up some meeting time using Zoom.
For English class, lessons will include “notes” that I would typically cover during a regular class. In addition to the instruction segment, I will include several examples. Please encourage your student to take time to read the notes and practice according to posted directions. Some children may be tempted to rush through or skip the practice piece. That practice has been a substantial piece of our regular classroom learning because it is crucial for understanding and applying the skill.
I will also ask that students spend five to ten minutes a day writing a journal entry. Even though I will provide a list of prompts, it is also okay for them to choose their own topic. I encourage you to provide some sort of journal or notebook so they can limit screen time and write by hand. I will ask that students take a picture of their entry and upload it to Classroom each day. If that is not possible, I will offer the option of an online journal.
In Literature class, we will be reading the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. If at all possible, please get a copy of the novel for your child. If that is not possible, I will link a video reading of each chapter; that video is from a site called EdPuzzle. I will be inviting students to “attend” some discussion meetings on Zoom. Those will not be required, but I know that some of your children love discussing their reading with others.
You and your child will notice that some assignments will be graded, but many will just have comments. Those with comments only mean that they are practice. Again, I am trying to replicate what we spend so much time on during class. Please encourage your child to post questions on his or her work for me to answer. I will be monitoring my school email and answering student questions between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day. The beauty of Google Classroom is that I can give individualized feedback. One way I check for understanding during class is to ask students to “teach” the skills to their peers. If you have time, ask your child to teach you! If he or she can teach it, we know the understanding is there.
How can you help?
Please let me know if you have any questions. Again, I will be doing the best I can to ensure that your child continues learning for however long school is closed.
Congratulations to all of our spelling bee contestants!
Fr. Flanagan Pilgrimage
Miles is back!
Students have been reviewing how to classify literature according to genre. After reviewing characteristics of each genre, they worked in small groups to classify books and presented their books to the class. In addition to studying on their own, they played a genre review Quizizz game in class.
I am blessed to have been a part of the St. Pius X/St. Leo School family since 1996 when my oldest son started here. Throughout the years, I have been a parent volunteer, a gifted ed assistant, a substitute teacher, and finally, since 2004, a seventh grade language arts teacher. My husband Jeff and I have three sons who all graduated from SPSL. We are members of St. Leo the Great Parish.