Today, we took the SRI. Nothing to report. Almost everybody finished. Most of Third Period got through it a little too quickly for my taste. I asked them if they checked their work and they assured me they did. A lot of kids said it was “easy.” The scores will speak for themselves.
In Fourth Period, the kids took a little longer. For some reason, this made me feel a little better. I think (hope) they were careful. There are about five students who need more time tomororrow, which is fine.
The big excitement for the kids today was turning in their club pre-authorization forms. I lead five different technology clubs for the students. That may sound like a lot, but really, it’s helping everybody in the long run. The kids learn some cool skills that they can bust out later in life, and I get some help and don’t lose my mind. These are our five clubs:
- A/V: Sets up and breaks down equipment, and runs the sound board during chorus concerts and plays.
- Photography: Captures special moments at our school through photos and videos.
- Morning Announcements: Produces and edits our morning announcements in the school, via Google Sites (see video below).
- Yearbook Committee: Open to eighth graders only. My right hand, helping me plan fundraisers and design the school yearbook.
- Repair Squad: Helps teachers with basic troubleshooting. Also designs websites, logos, etc. for our special events.
The eighth graders have first dibs. They are super-excited, because they paid their dues last year and took all the sloppy seconds. Poor seventh graders, last year there were no sixth grade slots left for them. This year, I’ll try to keep this in mind, and save a few spots for the underclassmen (and underclasswomen lol). Most groups will have seven slots, four for eighth graders, two for seventh, and one for sixth. This will be first come, first-served. With Yearbook, though, all seven slots will be filled with eighth graders.
One year, we even had a Music Production squad. The eighth graders of two years ago were incredibly musical, and a student approached me with that idea, so we did it. Last year, I was stretched really thin, especially coaching basketball. Plus, the students were more into sports than anything else, so it worked out. One seventh grader asked me to do a Drama Club, but I really couldn’t fit it into the schedule. Maybe we’ll try it this year. We might try a Ted-Ed Club later in the year, since I’m freed up a little bit, but I don’t want to bite off too much.
Anyway, I was bombarded by students for signatures, ever since the papers came out. When they turned in their pre-authorization forms with all of the teacher signatures, I passed out permission slips for them and their parents to sign. Hopefully we will get clubs underway shortly. The sooner, the better.
On another note, I explained to students about the self-assessment for the collaborative work that I talked about yesterday. I actually developed a Google Form, and asked students to fill it in tonight. The evening is still young, so we shall see what they report back to me. So far, a couple of students have filled it out, and the comments are very fair. One said to divide the points for his/her group evenly, and that the assignment was challenging, but s/he appreciated the teamwork dynamic. Another assigned points based on contribution, and had similar feedback about the process.
One last thing…as a team, we came up with a way to hold people responsible for checking out the shared iPads via QR Codes linking to a Google Form. I played with the customization. Here it is.
Tomorrow: Genius Day, because it’s my birthday and we’ll be smart if we want to! Woohooooo!!! Adios.