Oct 16

Assignment – Due Friday, 10/20

You must be subscribed to the blog and Remind texts. This assignment is due no later than the end of the day Friday, Oct. 20 (end of the day is 11:59 p.m.) Any submissions after this will be considered late.

Subscription to the blog:

  1. Go to: iblog.dearbornschools.org/ferrisy
  2. On the right of the screen, where it says: eNewsletter Signup, enter
    1. your email address (make sure you type it in correctly because if you put the wrong email in, then you won’t be getting my messages) (Choose the email address you check frequently because that’s where all of these messages will be going)
    2. your Last Name (Capitalize only the first letter of your last name)
    3. your First Name (Capitalize only the first letter of your first name)
  3. Click on the “Create Submission” button
  4. Log in to your email account
  5. Go to the email that is from: Mrs. Ferris Co-op
  6. Click on “Confirm Subscription”

Note: If you subscribed prior to October 1 and are not receiving my blog posts, you must subscribe again).

Subscription to Remind (if you’re not already seeing my texts):

  1. Text the code @8aaf9ca to 81010
  2. When it asks you to enter your information
    1. Add your name (First and Last)
    2. Role: Student

If you subscribed by October 4 to both the blog and Remind, you will receive 20 points.

This assignment is worth 15 points.

As always, email me if you have any questions: ferrisy@dearbornschools.org

Oct 16

Remind & Blog

At our coop meeting, on my syllabus, and just about every email response I sent out, they all say to make sure you subscribe to Remind and the blog because that’s where all of the information is.

Here are the numbers:

  • 219 coop students
  • 51 subscribed to the blog and Remind

Which means that 168 of you are asking about, and doing (or not doing) things that have been spelled out for you on the blog.

I will be posting an assignment later on this evening on the blog for you that will be due THIS FRIDAY. This is separate from the work record due for this week.

You MUST be subscribed to the blog AND Remind to get ALL of the information you need for coop. NO EXCUSES.

Remind code: @8aaf9ca text to 81010

Blog: iblog.dearbornschools.org/ferrisy

“I didn’t know” is not a valid excuse…EVER!! Especially since I have given you every detail since day one.

Oct 11

Week 5 Job Skills: Thank You Emails…To Send or Not to Send?

How much time do you spend checking a text or email just to find out that someone said, “OK” or “Thank you”? Do you appreciate it? Do you wish they wouldn’t send it?

Some people say that manners are few and far between these days and like to hear the “please” and “thank you’s”. Does that mean that you should send an email with a one or two word response (“Thanks” or “Thank you”) in the whole email?

You have heard the expression in business, “Time is money.” Well, that definitely holds true. Sending and checking emails that only have “Thanks” or “Thank you” takes time away from doing other business-related things. They say that with all the emails that they are getting, an email that just says “Thanks” is a waste of time. Others say it’s appreciated and helps when they are wondering if the email was even read or acknowledged.

Are these emails really necessary? Take a few minutes to read the following article (click on the blue link that says Sending a Thank You Email…Yes or No? at the end of this paragraph), see which you prefer, and follow that. Sending a Thank You Email…Yes or No?

If you think a “Thank you” response is necessary, include why, include the acknowledgment; make the email worth reading and opening. If you don’t, include the “Thank you” in your original email/request.

Either way, make sure you do say, “Thank you”, it goes a long way.

Oct 11

Reasons You Won’t Get Credit for Your Work Records

Before you ask me, “Why did you give me a zero on my work record? I turned it in,” read the comments that are listed with the assignment in Student Connect (I’m making every effort to inform you every step of the way).

Reasons you will not receive credit include, but are not limited to:

  1. Dates
    1. Wrong
    2. Missing
  2. Supervisor signature
    1. Missing
    2. You signed it thinking I wouldn’t know
    3. Not your supervisor, but another employee because you forgot to get your supervisor to sign it.
  3. You don’t have your first and last name on the record (do you know how many Ali’s, Zeinab’s, Mohamed’s and Fatima’s I have?!)
  4. You don’t have enough hours/too many hours for the number of coop classes you have (refer to the syllabus to find out how many hours you are able to work for coop).
  5. You didn’t sign it.
  6. It’s not complete (missing business name, missing ID#, missing work responsibilities)
  7. Missing co-op teacher (Remember: some of you may have Mr. Eckert listed for grade purposes only; check Student Connect to find out).
  8. You turned it in after Tuesday of the week (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday is considered late)
  9. You turned it in with another work record (also late)
  10. You didn’t turn it in at all (Ms. Ferris and the door don’t make your papers magically disappear. If they weren’t turned in at the door, then they weren’t turned in!)


Oct 09

Week 4 Information

Your week 4 work record is due today (10/9) at the coop door. The dates for the work record are 10/1-10/7.

To get credit for the work record, make sure it’s filled out correctly, completely (see the sample below) and turned in today, but no later than the end of the day tomorrow (Tuesday, 10/10).

You need to make sure you’re getting my Remind texts and are subscribed to this blog. I’m putting necessary information and assignments for you to complete, and there are deadlines that need to be met. They will be on here.

DON’T CHANGE JOBS, QUIT, or anything that doesn’t match up with your paperwork that you turned in. It will negatively impact your grade.

Email me if you have any questions: ferrisy@dearbornschools.org

Oct 05

Week 4 Job Skill: Greeting

I’m noticing that you are not following the proper format for a formal, professional email.

Unless you are communicating with a really close friend, you should:

  • NEVER start off an email with “Hey” or just going right into the body of the email without a greeting.
  • NOT include the greeting with the actual content of your email. It should be separated.
  • Refer back to the Anatomy of an Email post from last week (http://iblog.dearbornschools.org/ferrisy/2017/09/27/week-3-anatomy-of-an-email-email-format/)
  • Your greeting should be professional, something like “Dear Ms. Ferris”, -OR- “Good Morning”/”Good Afternoon”
  • It should have a comma after it.
  • You should double space (hit enter twice) and then go into the body of the email.

You need to practice this. When you are sending an email to me, and I don’t see a greeting, I will respond back to check on this blog post as to why.

If you have any questions, please make sure you are sending me an email: ferrisy@dearbornschools.org.

Oct 02

Work Record-Week 2 9/24-9/30

Your work record for week 2 (dates: 9/24/17-9/30/17) is due today.

(Check your syllabus, previous blog posts, and Remind texts for information about due dates and what time frame you have for turning in work records for credit).

Check Student Connect to see who you need to write down for your coop teacher (this is for grading purposes only).

Make sure that the form is filled out complete and I can read it.

  • Your Name (first and last, full)
  • Business Name
  • ID Number
  • Week of: (the dates for the week)
  • Your hours for the week & job responsibilities for the week
  • Your signature
  • Supervisor signature
  • Supervisor name

As I had told you in the meetings, in the syllabus, and in various blog posts, if the work record is not complete, or the dates are not correct, you will not receive credit for it.

Always, if you have questions, please email me at ferrisy@dearbornschools.org, using the format of an email I have posted about last week.