Work handed in update

19 09 2010

Work handed in 180910

Hello All,

There is the updated work list.  I am out on Monday and Tuesday, so use these two class periods wisely to complete projects that are still owing on this list.  You should receive a letter home this arvo as well. If you have any questions, I will be around at lunchtime.

-Mr M


Work in update with due dates

16 09 2010

Hello All,

In an effort to align what might seem like a lot of work to do with weeks in which we engaged in the activities, I am re-posted the work update.  This should give all of you an idea of how well you are utilising in class time.  I would expect that homework would consist of primarily catching up on work that isn’t completed during class and taking Aries notes.  Of course, while the room is quiet and heads are down while I meet with students individually to conference about their work, I am assuming that you are heartily tapping away at work and not shooting at your classmate’s avatar in an online world.  While I run the four finger swipe across mousepads from time to time to ensure you are on task, it is essential that you are taking responsibility to complete work if I give class time to do so.

As I look back over the weeks, we have done a fair bit of activity, but remember that I have you for four subjects, and the grid reflects all of this class work, with the exception of Maths.

There is no doubt that Aries is a far more substantial task than first anticipated and a week wasn’t going to cut it, especially since we needed to review how to read for comprehension for some of that week.  But chipping away slowly, and keeping up with tasks with time provided means that you shouldn’t be working solidly into the night (as I often do 🙂 ).  This is also why we will look to have a bit of fun by playing games with that content instead of notes/test only.

Review what you owe here with deadlines at the top:  Work handed in with due dates

and see me if you have any questions.  I think I have met with most of you who appear to be behind and hopefully have reset some deadlines to get you back on track.  Over the next weeks until the end of term, I will continue to provide time in class to complete the work that is currently on the grid, and do not anticipate adding anything except Maths tasks in consultation with Ms. Daniels.  You have a test just prior to end of term in Maths.

I also think that you are still getting used to the fact that I simply won’t take substandard work as a final submission.  I will continue to give it back to you with comment and correction until it is done correctly, so that your report will reflect what you are capable of, rather than what you handed in to be ‘finished with the task’.

Thank you to those of you who are running on schedule!  Tomorrow you have two more solid hours with which to complete work.  Please do not start your picture book until you have completed at least a first draft of the Zoo response.

-Mr M

14 09 2010

Go to the website

Then click on the Education Link.  And select the Education Resources Page.

Then you need to download the resource “Convict Biographies”

You are then required to read through the biographies of the convicts.  Complete the attached table and save in your S & E File as “Convicts in the Swan River Colony”


Work in Update

12 09 2010

Work Handed In as of 120910

Have a look to see how you are going…

We will not be in the T&E area as much this week coming…

Also, getting notes out about an excursion to the Art Gallery of WA this week!

-Mr M

Work Handed In Update as of 6 Sept, 2010

6 09 2010

Work Handed in as of 060910

Here is the most recent update – finally, my inbox is empty! Please check this list for accuracy, as I will be making phone calls home for students who are falling behind to ensure that you are locked away in your room doing homework instead of whatever it is you are doing that isn’t homework!

Now, I have not indicated anything for students who have submitted a draft of the Zoo response and have more work to do for that assessment piece.  I would like Zoo responses to be complete to a high standard before I mark it as handed in.  Most of you have submitted a draft and I have made comments, amendments and deletions as well as re-writes and clarifications of what I would like to see for this item wither in a class conference (likely if you submitted it as a keynote or a pdf) or as an email response.  Please check your inbox, as mine is now empty.

I don’t think that any items in my inbox were ever more than a week old, so please ensure that you are doing final drafts after my comments in the same timeframe.  I would expect Zoo responses to be completed prior to picture books, as it is a prep activity that will let me know you understand how picture books are constructed.  This is especially the case for Zoo responses, as I have taken the text back to Ashdale Primary School where it lives (not in a cage) and the longer you wait, the harder it will be to think of examples for your body paragraphs.

Some deadlines:

-I would expect to start seeing some short story drafts this week.  Remember, you need to check in with me at different stages of the task to ensure you are on track.  Because we have bulked up on T&E these last couple of weeks, you may need to complete this as homework.

-T&E task 1 should be wrapping up.  I should be looking at your investigation for photography now (which is what most of you have picked as a second project).

Zoo should be in the bag, as well as all of that other stuff from ages ago.

-I need your maths activities from last week.

-You will need to complete your art investigations by the end of week 9 – NO EXCEPTIONS!  They should be emailed to me and when I have given you the thumbs up, loaded onto your blog for Mrs. Luck (our visiting art talent) to look at to ensure she is giving you the requisite skills to be successful with your painting for next term.

-Talk to your parents about the $10-15 spend to get yourself materials for art that you can use in class, and then keep.  Again, there are plenty of materials available, but you might want something new to work with in this area and you may find that you want to be able to do it in your spare time after getting skilled up.  I will put out a letter when Mrs. Luck sends me a recommended list.

Aries Update

2 09 2010

Hello All,

In an effort to make Aries stuff more interesting for you, I propose that we make a game out of it.  I will assign a committee group to each chapter, and that group will be responsible for coming up with a game that will help us to practice the information that needs to be mastered.

I will do a game for next Friday (likely a game show race sort of thing) for next week.

The following committees are responsible for the following chapters:

Finance:  Chapter 2

Time Management:  Chapter 3

Project management:  Chapter 4

Curriculum:  Chapter 5

Advertising:  Chapter 6

Food:  Chapter 7

Attendance:  Chapter 8

Documenting:  Chapter 9

Resources:  Chapter 10

It is my recommendation that you spend Friday Aries time working on your game, and homework time reading and getting the material from the chapter.  It is only a recommendation…  We may include some additional sessions in week 10.

-Mr M