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!

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