ALL CLASSES Update: MG Ideas

Quick update to let you know that I rounded out my day of work today by reading all the completed MGIdeas (and looking for who might have turned them in since I last checked (Rhet-Comp) and giving you each a bit of individual feedback.  Open your file in MSWord and use the Review tab to “show comments.”

Next step:  narrow it down & design your research (some of you are already working on this).

Mrs. C = )

Virtual Office Hours – ALL CLASSES

Seniors –
In an effort to be able to address questions, concerns, just to check-in, or whatever, I’m inviting you to participate in office hours via zoom every Tuesday &/or Thursday from 10am to 12pm.  You don’t have to be there at 10 (and Heath’s chem classes should make chem a 10am priority) and you can join anytime until noon each day.  You also are NOT required to check into office hours right now (this might change when we get to the one-on-one MG conferencing).  And you are still welcome to post questions and ask for help via email.  Download zoom to your computer and/or phone and use the link sent to your school email to sign in during hours.  NOTE:  you don’t have to use the video if you just want to use audio that’s fine, too – zoom lets you choose a background or turn the video off if you’d like.  IF documents you want me to look at are in shared Dropbox folders that would be helpful so I can access them easily.
I look forward to “seeing” some of you soon.  I miss your faces.
-Mrs. C = )
P.S. If you don’t receive the code via school email, email me from your other email and I’ll send you the link.  I won’t post the link here to avoid spammers & hackers.

English 8 – Monday, March 30th

NEW FORMAT:  Since we are working on an extended project, let’s switch it up and go college-style.  You can now expect to see posts on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday with M & W bringing you new study and updates and quickwrites.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays we’ll do “office” hours via zoom where you can check in or ask questions and get real-time response.  (You can also still email questions and get responses.)  Friday’s posts will bring things for the week together, remind you up updates, deadlines, and anything you might need to catch up on.

Today:

  1. Indie read – the usual 15 to 20 – everyday!
  2. Quickwrite* #23:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Create either an abstract recipe (you’ll need ingredients & directions) or a tweet thread (commentary in short – less than 280 characters; but you can string together more than one & add fictional comments by others if you want) or a sales ad (is there a product to sell in relation to your topic?)  (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the others).  *Keep in mind for Quickwrites in class, I give you 3 to 4 minutes ON A TIMER to write.  Feel free to use your phone or a clock or the microwave timer or whatever to time yourself and keep the writing moving.
  3. IT’S TIME to narrow down topics – what will you pursue in your MG paper?
  4. Design your research plan.  Handout here: RESEARCH DESIGN Eng 8 (Find a  video to go over this handout on Flipgrid under flipcode e8mg20 in the Overview topic. Please watch this short run through for some special sidenotes about topic selection).  You’ll find a template for this in your Dropbox drafts folder later today or download it here: MGDesign Eng 8 Template
  5. Do any things you have not yet done from the previous days.  (Make the distance learning survey a priority please – I need to hear back from everyone.  Text/Msg your friends/classmates/WC peeps.)

P.S. Info about how to access “office” hours in a quick post later today (and an email version sent out to you as well).

Deadlines:

  • MGDesign due no later than end of day Wednesday 4/1
  • Later this week: We’ll get started writing!!!

Reminders:

  • BookTalk!

Rhetoric & Comp – Monday, March 30th

NEW FORMAT:  Since we are working on an extended project, let’s switch it up and go college-style.  You can now expect to see posts on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday with M & W bringing you new study and updates and quickwrites.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays we’ll do “office” hours via zoom where you can check in or ask questions and get real-time response.  (You can also still email questions and get responses.)  Friday’s posts will bring things for the week together, remind you up updates, deadlines, and anything you might need to catch up on.

DUE DATES:  If you are looking strictly at the MG Schedule, you’ll see we are a day or two behind and that is okay.  Just check the website deadlines for when things are actually due – I’ve been building in extra time to let you get online feedback from each other in Flipgrid and to leave time for questions via email and such.

Today:

  1. Indie read – the usual 15 to 20 – everyday!
  2. Quickwrite* #36:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Create either an abstract recipe (you’ll need ingredients & directions) or a tweet thread (commentary in short – less than 280 characters; but you can string together more than one & add fictional comments by others if you want) or a sales ad (is there a product to sell in relation to your topic?)  (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the others).  *Keep in mind for Quickwrites in class, I give you 3 to 4 minutes ON A TIMER to write.  Feel free to use your phone or a clock or the microwave timer or whatever to time yourself and keep the writing moving.
  3. After you submit your design via Dropbox drafts folder, hit up your GROUP Flipgrid (check the code from your email if you forgot it – or email me, I’ll send it to you again) and talk through your design there in the new topic “Designs for Research” – I’ll create that topic in the next hour or so.  THIS IS WHERE SEEING & HEARING ABOUT YOUR WC GROUP MEMBERS’ DESIGNS WILL HELP YOU MAKE YOURS BETTER (or know if you did it “right” or whatever).
  4. Do any things you have not yet done from the previous days.  (Make the Hamlet group survey a priority please – I need to hear back from everyone.  Text/Msg your friends/classmates/WC peeps.)

P.S. Info about how to access “office” hours in a quick post later today (and an email version sent out to you as well).

Deadlines:

  • MGDesign due no later than end of day Monday 3/30 – TODAY!  (See directions on Friday’s post & a template in Dropbox)
  • Check in in your WC Group Flipgrid to share your MGDesign

Reminders:

  • BookTalk!
  • Google survey about Hamlet group paper experience (I have almost all of these.  Remind your friends. I’ll call out whose are missing tomorrow  – check the webpost or your school email for the link)
  • A total of 4 Memory Book one-pagers should be in a sub-folder in your Dropbox submissions folder.  (These are just hanging out waiting for Memory Book work in May. But if you haven’t written them, this would be a great time to do so.)

English 8 – Friday, March 27th

NOTE:  Over the weekend, I will be checking to see who has posted updates & MGIdeas in Flipgrid, who has MGIdeas in Dropbox, and who has completed the survey. These will appear in Skyward as completed or not – so we can at least keep track of what you have accomplished.  If you have questions or need help in completing this work, please reach out.

  1. Indie read – the usual 15 to 20 (at least) all weekend long
  2. Quickwrite* #21:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Create either a greeting card or a comic (doesn’t matter if you “can’t draw” or a series of haikus (poems written in 3 lines with 5 – 7- 5 format;Google Haiku if you are unfamiliar) (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the others).  *Keep in mind for Quickwrites in class, I give you 3 to 4 minutes ON A TIMER to write.  Feel free to use your phone or a clock or the microwave timer or whatever to time yourself and keep the writing moving.
  3. Do any things you have not yet done from the previous days.  (Make the Hamlet group survey a priority please – I need to hear back from everyone.  Text/Msg your friends/classmates/WC peeps.)
  4. NEXT UP:  narrowing your focus to ONE topic and generating pieces of writing.

Deadlines:

  • BY END OF TODAY 3/17 – TAKE the “Distance Learning Survey” via Google
  • YESTERDAY 3/26 – Sometime today (if you haven’t already) reconnect with your WRITE CLUB by adding a video to the topic “How are you?..Really”
  • YESTERDAY 3/26 – Idea Exploration (LastnameMGIdeas.docx – there’s a template for it in your Dropbox drafts folder) 3 – 5 ideas.
  • EXTENDED!! TODAY FRIDAY 3/27 – Share w/ your WRITE CLUB via Flipgrid these ideas – talk them through – you’ll find a topic for this in your group Flipgrid.
  • END OF DAY SUNDAY 3/29 – Watch your group members’ videos and respond to them with your thoughts and opinions (I’ll be doing this too).

Reminders:   BookTalk!

Rhetoric & Comp – Friday, March 27th

NOTE:  Over the weekend, I will be checking to see who has completed the survey, who has posted updates & MGIdeas in Flipgrid & who has MGIdeas in Dropbox.  These will appear in Skyward as completed or not – so we can at least keep track of what you have accomplished.  If you have questions or need help in completing this work, please reach out.

  1. Indie read – the usual 15 to 20 (at least) all weekend long
  2. Quickwrite* #35:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Create either a greeting card or a comic (doesn’t matter if you “can’t draw” or a series of haikus (poems written in 3 lines with 5 – 7- 5 format;Google Haiku if you are unfamiliar) (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the others).  *Keep in mind for Quickwrites in class, I give you 3 to 4 minutes ON A TIMER to write.  Feel free to use your phone or a clock or the microwave timer or whatever to time yourself and keep the writing moving.
  3. IT’S TIME to narrow down topics – what will you pursue in your MG paper?
  4. Design your research plan.  Handout here: RESEARCH DESIGN (Find a  video to go over this handout on Flipgrid under flipcode rcmg20 in the Overview topic.  Please watch this short run through for some special sidenotes about topic selection).  You’ll find a template for this in your Dropbox drafts folder later today or download it here: MGDesign Template
  5. Do any things you have not yet done from the previous days.  (Make the Hamlet group survey a priority please – I need to hear back from everyone.  Text/Msg your friends/classmates/WC peeps.)

Deadlines:

  • MGDesign due no later than end of day Monday 3/30
  • Next week: We’ll get started writing!!!

Reminders:

  • BookTalk!
  • Google survey about Hamlet group paper experience (This was sent out MONDAY!! – check the webpost for the link)
  • A total of 4 Memory Book one-pagers should be in a sub-folder in your Dropbox submissions folder.  (These are just hanging out waiting for Memory Book work in May. But if you haven’t written them, this would be a great time to do so.)

TIPS to Keep Moving Forward (while learning from a distance) – ALL CLASSES

I know everyone keeps using the term unprecedented and it might be annoying – the more I think about it, the more I don’t even know what it means (is it even a real word?).  Anyway, we are in an unprecedented situation.  And you have been thrown into learning at a distance/digital/online/whatever.  And it is weird.  And kind of scary.  Liberating for some (even if lonely) and overwhelming for others.  But, now more than ever, it is important to keep on keeping on – we will get through this.

HERE ARE MRS. C’s TIPS TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD:

  1. A Schedule. You Need One.  NOT a strict hour by hour one, but a general, get up in the morning (maybe even get dressed), don’t stay up till 3am and sleep until noon…. Think about when you will be learning – morning with a break after lunch?  mostly after lunch?  maybe in the later afternoon after you’ve helped other little people in your house do stuff?  Also consider how you are sharing devices and/or wi-fi with others who need access.
  2. Creative Online Access.  If parents are working from home or siblings need computer time too, you might have to consider what you need big access for and what can be accomplished on your phone.  Get creative and don’t procrastinate waiting for perfect conditions – they may never arrive.
  3. A Support Network.  Push your friends, let your friends push you.  Be that friend who doesn’t buy into apathy and reminds your friends “take a break, take a quick walk, get back at it.”  Get together on zoom calls or fb video message or even just a group chat.  Check in on your friends, laugh a little, work a little, try for balance.  Don’t have a real group of friends? (Some of us are introverts or loners by nature.) Lean on your WRITE CLUB group (or in English 8 even the people you got to know in your BOOK CLUB) – you should have enough rapport now to support one another.
  4. Perspective/A New Mindset. Instead of mourning what we’ve lost in face-to-face classtime (and it’s okay to grieve what your losing here), try thinking of the opportunity you have to try out online coursework.  Do the best you can with the situation and then you can walk away from it knowing if you want to take online college classes in the future or if on campus classes will be better for you.  You won’t know if you don’t try.
  5. Get Interested. I can’t do anything to make calculus more fun for you (sorry, Ms. Albrecht), but I can tell you that for your MG project, it will all get better once you pick a topic you really can dive into and you put your creative efforts into researching and creating.  You can use this project as a way to escape.

I’m not gonna pretend that I can fix all this for you or that I even have all the answers.  Right now, know your teachers are grappling with how best to move forward also.  But I’ve done many of the above and they seem to help.

I get up each morning, get dressed, take care of some school stuff.  I take breaks to help my own kids and just to read, take a walk, play with the dog, enjoy a game on my phone, etc.  Then I get back to work to complete what else needs to be done – respond to email, check your Google responses, monitor the Flipgrids, etc. We tried to set up workspaces for each person in our house to have a place to work (I’m working from home along with a 6th grader, a 10th grader, and a college junior who is now home and doing all her work online for the rest of the semester.  My husband is an essential healthcare provider, so he still goes to work each day, being cautious and avoiding exposure to COVID-19 the best he can).  I’ve got a support network of some local teachers, teachers I’m friends with on Twitter and even some teachers who are providing daily online talks for free on fb and YouTube.  I’m trying to embrace the challenge of figuring out how to make this MG project doable in an online-only format while not overwhelming y’all. And in the process, I’m staying interested in what you are accomplishing and how you are responding to this whole situation.  (As I write this, I just love seeing your names pop up on my computer as you change documents in Dropbox.)

I know it feels uneventful to stay at home, but the experts say this is our best course of action. Stay well, stay put, and keep learning.

-Mrs. C = )

P.S. If you need me, I am here.

 

English 8 – Thursday, March 26th

FIRST – PLEASE take a moment to complete the Google SURVEY here: https://forms.gle/Wrfozt9VEBH2mf8g8 or check your school email for the invite.

  1. Indie read – the usual 15 to 20 (at least)
  2. Quickwrite* #21:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Write either a biography/character sketch (real or fictional) or a set of interview questions (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the other).  *Keep in mind for Quickwrites in class, I give you 3 to 4 minutes ON A TIMER to write.  Feel free to use your phone or a clock or the microwave timer or whatever to time yourself and keep the writing moving.
  3. Do any things you have not yet done from the previous days.
  4. NEXT UP:  narrowing your focus to ONE topic and generating pieces of writing.

Deadlines:

  • TAKE the “Distance Learning Survey” via Google
  • EXTENDED!! BY 3pm TODAY 3/25 – Sometime today (if you haven’t already) reconnect with your WRITE CLUB by adding a video to the topic “How are you?..Really”
  • END OF DAY TODAY 3/26 – Idea Exploration (LastnameMGIdeas.docx – there’s a template for it in your Dropbox drafts folder) 3 – 5 ideas.
  • EXTENDED!! BY 3pm  NOON (12pm) FRIDAY 3/27 – Share w/ your WRITE CLUB via Flipgrid these ideas – talk them through – you’ll find a topic for this in your group Flipgrid.
  • END OF DAY SUNDAY 3/29 – Watch your group members’ videos and respond to them with your thoughts and opinions (I’ll be doing this too).

Reminders:   BookTalk!

Rhetoric & Comp – Thursday, March 26th

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you who responded to the survey.  The most important question was the last one (about your well-being) and today we’re gonna slow it down a bit and GET CAUGHT UP!  See my extra post today with tips to keep moving forward.

  1. Indie read – the usual 15 to 20 (at least)
  2. Quickwrite* #34:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Write either a biography/character sketch (real or fictional) or a set of interview questions (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the other).  *Keep in mind for Quickwrites in class, I give you 3 to 4 minutes ON A TIMER to write.  Feel free to use your phone or a clock or the microwave timer or whatever to time yourself and keep the writing moving.
  3. Do any things you have not yet done from the previous days.  (Make the Hamlet group survey a priority please – I need to hear back from everyone.  Text/Msg your friends/classmates/WC peeps.)
  4. NEXT UP:  narrowing your focus to ONE topic and generating pieces of writing.

Deadlines:

  • YESTERDAY 3/25 – Sometime today (if you haven’t already) reconnect with your WRITE CLUB by adding a video to the topic “How are you? …Really”
  • END OF DAY YESTERDAY 3/25 – Idea Exploration (LastnameMGIdeas.docx – there’s a template for it in your Dropbox drafts folder) 3 – 5 ideas.
  • EXTENDED!! BY 3pm NOON (12pm) TODAY 3/26 – Share w/ your WRITE CLUB via Flipgrid these ideas – talk them through – I’ll add a topic for this in just a bit.
  • EXTENDED!! BY end of 3/26 ANYTIME 3/27 – Watch your group members’ videos and respond to them with your thoughts and opinions (I’ll be doing this too).

Reminders:

  • BookTalk!
  • Google survey about Hamlet group paper experience (This was sent out MONDAY!! – check the webpost for the link)
  • A total of 4 Memory Book one-pagers should be in a sub-folder in your Dropbox submissions folder.  (These are just hanging out waiting for Memory Book work in May. But if you haven’t written them, this would be a great time to do so.)

English 8 – Wednesday, March 25th

  1. Indie read (you know you ❤ it)
  2. Quickwrite* #20:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Write either a list or a dialogue (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the other).  *Keep in mind for Quickwrites in class, I give you 3 to 4 minutes ON A TIMER to write.  Feel free to use your phone or a clock or the microwave timer or whatever to time yourself and keep the writing moving.
  3. Watch the MG Videos #1 – 8 that go over the components for your MG.  You’ll find them in Flipgrid – code e8mg20 under the MG Overview & Schedule topic (total time is less than 20 minutes, but I tried for over 11 hours to upload to YouTube before deciding to break it down and put it here). Download, print, or read the pdf here: MG Components slides (note: this version does NOT have examples and the videos DO – so please watch them).
  4. Here’s the handout with other genre ideas: genre ideas page
  5. Use the new WRITE CLUB Flipcodes!! to check-in with your WRITE CLUB sometime TODAY or so.  See the post below “WRITE CLUB via Flipgrid” for details & check your school email for codes.

FROM YESTERDAY

EXPLORING IDEAS:  You will bring to WRITE CLUB (submit-via-DropBox) 3 – 5 ideas (number them) you might pursue in a multi-genre project, explaining why these ideas interest you (these can be as weird & abstract as you wish).  Check out the MGIE Template 2020 that you can use to easily format your work (and to know what you might include).  You can download the template above or find a copy already in your Drafts folder (IF you don’t have one, send me an email and I’ll fix that). due end of day Thurs. 3/26

Deadlines:

  • TODAY 3/25 – Sometime today (if you haven’t already) reconnect with your WRITE CLUB by adding a video to the topic “How are you?..Really”
  • END OF DAY TOMORROW 3/26 – Idea Exploration (LastnameMGIdeas.docx – there’s a template for it in your Dropbox drafts folder) 3 – 5 ideas.
  • BY NOON (12pm) FRIDAY 3/27 – Share w/ your WRITE CLUB via Flipgrid these ideas – talk them through.
  • END OF DAY SUNDAY 3/29 – Watch your group members’ videos and respond to them with your thoughts and opinions (I’ll be doing this too).

Reminders:   BookTalk!