After our DHS staff meeting today, I have decided to cancel WHaG Assignments 11 (assigned this morning and due Thursday) and 12 (to be assigned and due Friday). I need time to prepare for next week, as there will be some changes in how we are doing things.
There are more questions than answers at this point, but one thing I can tell you for sure is STARTING NEXT WEEK, ONLINE CLASS WORK WILL BE FOR CREDIT. If you do not (1) check in during virtual class time and/or (2) submit quality class work, you risk failing the semester. As far as what grades will look like, we don’t know yet. It could be letter grades, it could be pass/fail.
For this class, you will most likely receive one assignment for the week (which should take about 100 minutes to complete) that will be due at the end of the week. You will also be required to “check in” to your hour’s virtual class time. A schedule for when your hour is meeting will be posted at a later date.
Thank you, as always, for your patience as we work all this out. We’re all doing something that has never been done before. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me, but – as I said – there are a lot of unknowns at this point, so my answer may be “we don’t know yet”.
Happy Monday, and welcome back! I hope you were able to find a way to take a break last week during your “vacation”.
This week will be business as usual, but next week there could be some changes. The administration is meeting today (Monday) to put together a plan for the rest of the semester in terms of how students will be graded. This COULD mean that online work will begin counting toward your grades, but it also might not. We’ll need to wait until the district announces their plan sometime this week, so, again, I really appreciate your patience.
And another thing I appreciate? YOU. Yes, you! If you’re reading this right now, it means you’ve stuck around through all the craziness for a whole month! For those of you who are keeping up with the work, I admire and appreciate you. I know it’s strange to do school work like this, but it means the world to me that you are still here, still making this whole education thing work. Keep it up! I love seeing your thoughts about important events in our history!
For today’s assignment:
Objectives: (1) Explain the causes and effects of the Russian Revolution (2) Evaluate the impact of Vladimir Lenin.
In Google Classroom, read the assigned text and answer the corresponding questions as you read. At the end, you’ll need to view a short video from Ted Ed to respond to the prompts. If you are unable to view the video, you may Google information that helps you respond to the prompts.
This week we will wrap up World War I. Today’s assignment, WHaG Assignment 8, is posted on Google Classroom and is due tomorrow.
This week is also “Spirit Week” for DHS. Every day, take a picture of yourself according to the theme and post it (Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) with the hashtag #pioneerpride. The days are as follows:
Monday – photo with your pet or stuffed animal
Tuesday – photo of you with something you created (food, art, etc.)
Wednesday – photo of you with what you’re reading
Thursday – “Sock it to Corona” so a photo of you with your craziest socks or some other way you are staying strong
Friday – photo of you practicing social distancing (music you’re listening to, show or movie you’re watching, walking 6 feet apart, etc.)
I don’t have really have social media accounts, so I’ll attach my photo here. I also don’t have a pet, so I took a picture of my kids with their “pets”. As to why my kids were wearing sunglasses indoors at 8am, I don’t have a logical answer for you! Kids are crazy!
This week, we’ll continue to study World War I, but we’ll slow the pace down a little bit. Going forward, I will be assigning three small(ish) assignments per week: one on Monday (due Tuesday); one on Wednesday (due Thursday); and one on Friday (due Friday). Today, WHaG Assignment 5 has been posted to Google Classroom. It is due tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th.
DHS teachers have been asked by the administration to focus on “enrichment”, which essentially means the things I ask you to do should be a little bit lighter than what we would normally be doing in class. It also means I’ll be doing more feedback and less grading. There is a lot of uncertainty in the state and in our district about when we will be able to go back to the classroom, if we will need to make up the days, and whether the online classes we are doing right now will “count” in terms of earning credit. Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers to those questions. So, I’m just going to keep plugging along every day until we are all back together. I hope you’ll join me in that effort!
Happy Tuesday! There are no new assignments posted on Google Classroom today. If you already completed the survey (Assignment 1) yesterday, you’re all good for today.
Just under 60% of my students have signed up for Google Classroom and completed the survey, which is quite a bit lower than I was hoping for. If you have a friend in the class, please reach out and make sure they’re all signed up. “Real” assignments start tomorrow, due at midnight.
Also, if you have some extra time and a Netflix account, Last Samurai (based on events during the Meiji Restoration) is a pretty good movie!