Friday, May 30, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
Step 1: Compose an email with the subject line: Your Next Five
Step 2: Answer at least (2) two the following questions in the body:
- What was the last book you read that you liked?
- What is your favorite TV show?
- What kinds of movies do you like?
- What is your favorite genre? (Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, etc.)
Step 3: Email your answers to email@example.com.
Summer is here! Don't let the slump get to you. We've got a few recommendations for you and your family from the district here:
Keeping students engaged during the summer month can be a challenge for all parents. I write to share with you a few examples of community based resources available throughout the state that seek to address the issue lack of scholastic engagement during the summer for our children. Please share this information with your family and friends as they too may see value in these opportunities for their children.As for you big, bad and bold high school students you can keep up with us with our official Summer Reading List here at Amazon: http://amzn.com/lm/R2M12P8H19A0SG . You can also join our online book club at GoodReads here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/103392-south-atlanta-hornet-book-club
· Georgia's Summer Food Access Initiative, at the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, will provide healthy meals at libraries in 20 Georgia counties this summer using federal USDA funding in conjunction with language and literacy programming and health services to ensure that children have the vaccinations they need to begin school in August. To learn more about how your county can take part, contact Falita Flowers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Georgia's Summer Reading Challenge is a statewide effort from the Georgia Department of Education to encourage Georgia's schoolchildren to read for at least 15 to 30 minutes every day over the summer. "Find a Book, Georgia" is a mobile device “app” as well as a webpage that enables parents and children to use the child's Lexile score on the state standardized reading test to find appropriate books for the child. http://www.gadoe.org/curriculum-instruction-and-assessment/curriculum-and-instruction/pages/georgia-summer-reading-challenge.aspx
· The Mayor's Summer Reading Club, organized by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, engages public and private partners to distribute free age-appropriate books to children, ages birth to 8, at family-friendly events held across the city over the summer months. http://www.mayorsreadingclub.org/
Monday, May 19, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
As the end of the year approaches final projects and papers are almost due. In an effort to integrate technology AND foster more peer collaboration and innovation I invite you to add peer reviews, and to make the process easier I’ve created an online template using Google Docs.
Visit the template here: https://drive.google.com/templates?q=final+project+peer+review&sort=hottest&view=author
By using the template you’ll be able to get a spreadsheet of the peer evaluations and keep them anonymous. To make the process even simpler, I suggest asking students to only evaluate 2-3 papers/projects. Getting started is simple:
1. Log in to Google Docs. If you have a gmail account then use that login. If you don’t you can sign up easily. https://docs.google.com/
2. Generate a Form using the “Final Project Peer Review” template by clicking on the link above.
3. Modify the form if you like or use “as is”. Click “view live form” in the toolbar.
4. Share the link for the “view live form” with your students.
a. Check out the iPads and let students use those to evaluate, or
b. Print a paper ballot and have students use your classroom computers to input their responses, or
c. Create a QR code and allow students to use their phones to access the form and complete it.
5. Go to your Google Docs homepage to see the responses, an additional spreadsheet will have already been created. You can download the sheet in excel or as a pdf.
· Fosters collaboration
· Encourages positive peer pressure
· Empowers students to take responsibility for their own work
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Did you know that 50 years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling that schools in some cities are MORE segregated now than they were when the ruling came down? Write a 140 character essay (that’s twitter length) response to race and education in Atlanta schools. Send your essays to @satlantahigh or email them to email@example.com. The best response will be announced and win a prize pack.
Deadline is Friday, April 25.
Read more in this article: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/04/segregation-now/359813/