School is under way!

Posted on August 24, 2017 in Uncategorized by Mrs. Roach

I can’t believe that we are already done with our second week of school! In class we are moving through our review of cells (their structures and functions) and have started in on the 8th grade standards. Last week we learned about the cell theory, the author’s behind it, and the reasons why cells divide.  We started using our journals everyday so that we can begin to develop good study habits. We are also on our way to “leveling up” in our studies! This year has already started flying by, but there is so much to learn, and we have only just begun.

We have started our unit on genetics. This is probably the unit that most students find most interesting. (Well, they really like Chemistry until they learn that we don’t “blow things up” during class…) The kids really like to see what traits they have and how they compare to their peers. In our advanced class we will be comparing ourselves to our parents.

This year I decided to try something new… badges… Students will get to level up for completing class assignments, homework assignments, and keeping their journal up to date. With each level up (after the first one) there are rewards to be had. These rewards will vary and it will be up to students to select their reward. I am also open to getting ideas from students, so if you have anything, let me know!

Our journals have been set up and we are starting to use them everyday. Students are expected to keep their calendar up to date with important information (like homework) daily. They will also be expected to keep up with important dates about school dances, club activities, and games. While there have been so many advancements with technology, most adults use their smart phones to keep them organized. However, our kids aren’t there yet. I really wonder if this is something they forget about on their phones. They focus in on social media, but they tend to forget about their scheduling capabilities on their phones. Hopefully, by using a paper method, it will start a habit of keeping themselves organized.

My next goal is to find a few students to help with this blog…. if that happens to be you… send me an email!

2017 Welcome!

Posted on July 26, 2017 in Uncategorized by Mrs. Roach

The 2017 school year is quickly approaching, actually as I sit to write this there are 10 days until the first day of the 2017 school year. As we head into this new year I am quickly reminded that with each new school year we all have an opportunity to start “new”. While the information we will learn this year is “old”, I hope that you will learn to look at it with “new” eyes. I hope that you walk away from this school year with a new found appreciation for science, and the world around you!

In 8th grade science we will be studying genetics, ecology, physics, and chemistry. Some of the information that we will study will build upon what you have already learned, while other information will be completely new. We will be completing a lot of hands-on, real-world experiences in which you will have the opportunity to put into action what we are discussing in class.

The biggest challenge that I feel like students face on the first day of school is the mystery of the unknown. You are entering a new grade, some of you in a new school, and you have to “figure out” your teachers. So, I will save you a little time and let you know about me and what you can expect from me. I expect that all students will be responsible for their own learning. By this I mean, if you don’t understand something, you are expected to see me to get clarification. I expect that when an assignment is given, it is completed to the best of your ability, and turned in on-time, if not early. I expect that you will come to class prepared to learn for the day. I expect that if you are in need of a supply to be prepared, you will problem-solve and find said supply. I expect that you will treat each other and me with the utmost of respect in our room and out of it. I expect your behavior to be something you are proud of. I expect you to do the right thing, and when you fail to do the right think, I expect you to take full responsibility and make amends for it. I also want you to know that we are all human, we ALL make mistakes. It is what you do in those moments who will define who you are. I also want you to know that you ARE CAPABLE of so much more than you believe and I expect you to take risks and push yourself beyond your own limits for the greatest success!

I hope that you are as excited about this upcoming school year as I am! I can’t wait to work together to make this the best year yet!

Parents and guardians: If you would like to see what assignments we are working on in class, please send me your email and I will add it to our google classroom. My email is [email protected]

 

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