I have after school Office Hours every Tuesday. Office Hours are a time for students to come and ask questions, get missing work caught up, take tests, and get extra help understanding material we've gone over in class. It is slightly different from tutoring because I am not planning specific lessons designed to support instruction, this time is to support what is going on in the classroom and allow students additional time to work with me on the material covered in class. Office Hours start as soon as school is over and ends at 4:00 pm.
I offer Remind, a service that allows you to receive text message reminders and notifications about things that are happening in our classroom. If you would like to sign up for this service, follow this link or text @ticela to (646)490-0315. You can opt out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @ticela'. Or to receive messages via email, send an email to email@example.com. To unsubscribe, reply with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line. You'll also be able to see the reminders sent out on this page.
If your student is unable to easily get to the library during school for a book, there are a couple of other options to make sure that they have gotten enough books read to meet their AR goal by the end of the nine weeks. I keep about 300 books in my classroom for my students to check out if they need to. Almost all of them are AR books. If they're not, I offer my students the option of writing me a ten question test about they book they've read, with four multiple choice answers, with the correct answer for each question circled. Then I'll enter the test into the AR system and the student can take the test that they've written. For writing an AR test the book should be either fiction or something similar to a biography, not a book like The Guinness Book of World Records. Books can also be checked out from the public library, which has an excellent selection of young adult novels that they keep up to date with newer titles as well as the classics. On Mondays and Thursdays the public library is open until 8:30 pm. All of that being said, there are occasional opportunities during class and critical thinking to go to our school library. However, there are usually several students who need to go and only one student is allowed to go at a time. If we're doing something in class that is important educationally, then I will not allow students to go to the library because they would be missing necessary information or an activity to help them better understand a concept. If a student only needs to return their books, the school library has a drop off outside of it that students can use both before and after school. The library is conveniently located at the end of the seventh grade hallway.
If you're a lover (or addict) of Pinterest I've started a Pinterest account that is strictly geared towards reading, writing, and poetry. There are several boards, from I Wish I Could Read There to Book Art. There is also a section titled Recommended Reads, which will have the covers of books I have enjoyed reading as well as those that others have recommended (these others are people who know what they're talking about, like the American Library Association, a group of librarians who do nothing but talk and write about what they like to read). You can follow me by clicking here.
Students can check their own grades through our online grading system, Focus. The user name will be the student's ID number, which can be found on the front of their agenda. The default password will be their birthdate, with the year first and dashes separating the numbers (YYYY‐MM‐DD), unless the student has changed their password.
If you want to have access to your student's grades online, you have to turn in a Focus form to the school. If you've already turned in your form please have patience, the district technology people are working as quickly as possible to get things set up. If you need a form, your student can pick one up at the front desk.
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