I hope you and your families are safe and well during these unprecedented times.
I miss being at school, seeing and working with students and colleagues - but if these measures help us to flatten the curve and lessen the impact of this pandemic, then it is the right decision.
My family and I are working through the challenges (and finding some joys) while we figure out how to work & learn from home, together. It is a daily work in progress.
Our 7th grade team and the CS Porter teachers and staff have been working together, learning new things, and trying to figure out how to move forward with learning - even when we can't meet face-to-face.
To stay in the loop about information and assignents, every day, please check your family's email, your student's school email account (@student.mcpsmt.org) and our new CREW Google Classroom. The code was emailed and texted to parents and guardians. If you need to me to resend, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be emailing a weekly newsletter every Sunday evening with assignments for students to finish by Friday. Students will use their teacher's Google Classrooms to submit work and receive feedback.
Our crew will also have a weekly virtual chat session every Tuesday starting at 11:00 am. Students are not required to attend, but it is a nice time to see each other, ask questions, catch up and enjoy each other's company. The invite link was emailed to students. Please email if you need my help making this work!
And please take care and know I am thinking of you!
Our social studies classes have started a new unit about medieval Africa. This will include geography of Western Africa, the medieval kingdoms of Ghana, Mali & Songhai, the extensive salt & gold trade (including an extension using the book: A Story of Salt), and eventually the cultural legacies in stories, music and art. In connection to this, we are planning to have SPARK! artist and African dance instructor, Tarn Ream, work with our classes after the winter break.
To access online resources, such as a PDF version of the student interactive notebook, the google slides used in class or links to the online textbook - ask your student to log into Google Classroom or email me so I can send them directly to you.
Also, if you'd like to borrow a copy of A Story of Salt, please let me know... there's a lot to learn about the history of the world and... SALT! Who knew!
We're off to a great start. This 7th grade bunch has already shown us they can work hard, make connections, ask great questions and be kind to others.
In social studies, we kicked off the year studying the events of September 11, 2001. Then we learned about Arabian Peninsula geography. The first test of the year will be Friday, September 28.
In English, we started off by studying native American winter counts and creating our own personal versions, including narratives using simple, complex and compound sentences. Since then, we have moved onto reading the novel "A Long Walk to Water" and will continue reading, summarizing, citing evidence and writing.
I welcome you to be in touch via email with any questions, concerns or ideas you might have.