It was great to see so many of you at the Moose is Loose carnival this weekend! I got the opportunity to talk with many of you, and I always enjoy our conversations.
Importantly, conferences are coming up next week! To sign up for a 20-minute slot, please click here. If none of the slots work for you, please send me an email. Also, if we have already met in the past few weeks and you do not feel the need for another conference at this time, you do not need to sign up for a conference!
Important Dates to Remember (or Pencil In)
Thank you to all of the parents who helped us conduct interviews for AmeriTowne. The class worked very hard on their resumés, cover letters, and interviewing skills, and the results were very good. We are going to train students on their jobs on Thursday this week, and our field trip day is quickly approaching. Ian, Suzy, Erika, and John are currently signed up to attend with us. Let me know if you'd like to go; we likely could make room for one more.
English Language Arts & Social Studies
Students currently are still working on their U.S.-American history writing projects. We've had to put them aside several times for AmeriTowne work, but all are making progress.
We've moved into the essay writing portion of the project, and students have divided their topics into sections and are now working on writing essays for the different sections of their topics. Because they are working on informational writing and newly relying on citations to informational sources, there have been a few speed bumps along the way. Nevertheless, students are persevering through the new learning and I am excited to see their final products, which should be very cool.
At the end, students will present their projects to the class in chronological order and become teachers of their content, though it will be a few more weeks before we get to that point.
As far as I can tell, all students are making appropriate progress on their independent reading, and our next ELA project will be a shorter one on books that they've read.
We've moved onto our second unit on volume, and now we are focusing on volume of rectangular prisms. On the whole, students seem to intuitively understand the content at this point, though there are a few conceptual understandings we're working on that involve attention to detail and also the ability to visualize shapes in their entirety by mentally manipulating 2D representations of 3D prisms.
I anticipate that we may move rather quickly through this second unit because of the ease with which students are grasping concepts at this point.
Balarat has tentatively allotted us December 6-7 for our trip this year. That's all I know at this point. Please stay tuned for more information and notifications about upcoming meetings regarding our trip.
That's all I have for now! Please do not forget to sign up for a conference if you would like one, and keep in mind that I'm happy to meet with you at another time the following week if none of the slots fit your schedule(s).
All the very best,