Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thursday and Friday August 25th & 26th, 2016

Today's Quote:


We continued debriefing over the various personalities in our classes as students continued to share 3 positives and 3 negatives. Discussion was deep and it was fun as a teacher to sit and listen to students describe how they recognized the traits of their personality in themselves or how they asked parents to take the quiz and realized they could use the information to identify why they act or react a certain way. Unfortunately we didn't get into the graphing, but that's okay; we'll get there eventually and the information we gleaned through discussion will help us become better learners. I gave the students a powerful tip to improve their creative writing skills; before making a character, decide what personality type your character will be then , look it up, and use the information to make that character real. This is Charlie Brown is a flat one dimensional character but Harry Potter characters are not. 

We added about 6 terms to our vocabulary notebook bringing us to a total of 13 terms thus far. Students can make certain they have all the terms by signing up for Quizlet as soon as possible. I reminded all classes that Quizlet has been active since the first day of school, yet only 5 students had signed up to join their class sets. I also reminded them that joining was a REQUIREMENT of the class and if they didn't join they would not be able to take the vocabulary quizzes and would, therefore, receive a zero in the grade book when we took a quiz. The first quiz will be next week.

I talked a bit about how PowerPoint should be used in class. I really hate it when I go to a teacher in-service and some presenter has a PowerPoint up and then they waste my time reading it to me. THIS IS NOT HOW slide presentations are to be done. The slides serve as notes for your audience and you, as the speaker, are to elaborate on the notes you have on your slides. While students were supposed to pre-view the slides, I will model for them how to use them during class.

Again, I reminded the classes that they MUST BRING certain things to our partnership in order to be successful. For example, I still have students saying they don't have computer access at home and as, promised, I arrive in the cafeteria every morning and every lunch period, and have made myself available during Hawk Hour for those students to come to class and use the computers. If you are unwilling to make the choice to come and use them, then you really should talk to your guidance counselor and ask to be moved to another class where you can be successful.

If you have been absent, I provide this blog as a way for you to get caught up within our class make up work policy. If you are unwilling to be responsible and check it daily and then follow through and actually make up the work, you will not be successful.

Brain Bender:

Dee Septor, the famous magician, is standing on a concrete floor holding a raw egg in his outstretched hand. Without the aid of any objects, he is able to drop the egg two meters without breaking it's shell. How does he accomplish this feat?


(This should be written in your planer everyday)

All classes will take the District Benchmark Assessment test today so I can determine prior knowledge. This will most likely take all period.

NOTE!!! There is some sort of problem with the 6th grade gradebook. Even though the grades are showing, the average for everyone is an F and I have already submitted a work order for the county to check it and see what's wrong. DON'T WORRY ABOUT YOUR GRADE AVERAGE AT THIS TIME! (unless you haven't been doing you work, in which case, you should worry!)


  1. Sign up for your Quizlet

 6th graders can join HERE

7th graders should join HERE. 

8th graders should join HERE

  1. Preview Graphing Basics PowerPoint- Student lead discussion. 
  2. By now your paragraph should be almost ready to be shared with the class. We will student edit them next week.
If you finish early, use the time to get your computer out and work on your paragraph.

6th Grade Honor's Earth Space Science:

6th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question:
What are the basic ideas behind the process of science?
Key Learning Statement:
Science is a process based upon observational and experimental studies using scientific methods to develop or explore scientific theories or laws. 

7th Grade Honors Life Science

7th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question: What methods do scientists use to answer questions and solve problems in the natural world? 
Key Learning Statement: Scientific inquiry involves forming a testable hypothesis and developing a valid investigation using scientific skills and tools to determine if the hypothesis is supported or not supported.  Data from scientific investigations helps scientists explain natural events through the use of scientific theories and scientific laws.  

8th Grade Honors Physical Science

Unit Essential Question: What is required to carry out a valid scientific investigation?  
Key Learning Statement: A valid scientific investigation uses prior knowledge, observations, and empirical evidence to test a hypothesis and draw conclusions that must be validated through repetition and replication. 

Science Current Events:

Modern Migration Patterns Are Changing Due to Climate. See Them Visually Now.

NASA Makes All It's Scientific Research Available FOR FREE!

These Lakes Forming In Antarctica Have Scientists Worried. 

Meet The Animal That Lives For 11,000 Years.

Scientists Levitate A golf Ball Sized Object Using Sound Waves.

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

The 10 best note taking apps

Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

How To Predict Your Future From Your Personality Type.

Personality Types:

These will show you the general categories and their traits. Your individual report will show you YOUR percentages of introvert/extrovert. risk. non-risk taking, etc.

The Analysts

The Architect                             
The Logician             
The Commander
The Debater

The Diplomats

The Advocate                                                
The Mediator                           
 The Protagonist
The Campaigner

The Sentinels

The Consul 
The Defender
The Logistician

The Explorers
The Entertainer
The Entrepreneur                         
The Adventurer

Your Multiple Intelligence meanings:

Visual-Spatial - think in terms of physical space, as do architects and sailors. Very aware of their environments. They like to draw, do jigsaw puzzles, read maps, daydream. They can be taught through drawings, verbal and physical imagery. Tools include models, graphics, charts, photographs, drawings, 3-D modeling, video, videoconferencing, television, multimedia, texts with pictures/charts/graphs.
Bodily-kinesthetic - use the body effectively, like a dancer or a surgeon. Keen sense of body awareness. They like movement, making things, touching. They communicate well through body language and be taught through physical activity, hands-on learning, acting out, role playing. Tools include equipment and real objects.
Musical - show sensitivity to rhythm and sound. They love music, but they are also sensitive to sounds in their environments. They may study better with music in the background. They can be taught by turning lessons into lyrics, speaking rhythmically, tapping out time. Tools include musical instruments, music, radio, stereo, CD-ROM, multimedia.
Interpersonal - understanding, interacting with others. These students learn through interaction. They have many friends, empathy for others, street smarts. They can be taught through group activities, seminars, dialogues. Tools include the telephone, audio conferencing, time and attention from the instructor, video conferencing, writing, computer conferencing, E-mail.
Intrapersonal - understanding one's own interests, goals. These learners tend to shy away from others. They're in tune with their inner feelings; they have wisdom, intuition and motivation, as well as a strong will, confidence and opinions. They can be taught through independent study and introspection. Tools include books, creative materials, diaries, privacy and time. They are the most independent of the learners.
Verbal/Linguistic - using words effectively. These learners have highly developed auditory skills and often think in words. They like reading, playing word games, making up poetry or stories. They can be taught by encouraging them to say and see words, read books together. Tools include computers, games, multimedia, books, tape recorders, and lecture.
Logical -Mathematical - reasoning, calculating. Think conceptually, abstractly and are able to see and explore patterns and relationships. They like to experiment, solve puzzles, ask cosmic questions. They can be taught through logic games, investigations, mysteries. They need to learn and form concepts before they can deal with details. 
Naturalistic intelligence- refers to the ability to identify and distinguish among different types of plants, animals, and weather formations found in the natural world. The are most comfortable in a natural setting.

Your Learning Styles Inventory:

  • Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. Learning from a computer is a visual style.
  • Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music. You learn primarily by listening to something.
  • Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch. You prefer to be moving and touching things while you learn.

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