This week I have begun to enter grades in Tyler for quarter four for math. I am including the work students have been doing on Aleks and the Google Classroom. Each week students have goals to accomplish in Aleks and in the Google Classroom that are posted to the Google Classroom on Mondays.
For Aleks I am currently entering the grades weekly, but I understand that some people need more flexibility in how they are working in this unique circumstance. I am expecting students to AT LEAST finish 10 topics each week in Aleks. At the end of the quarter I will delete the current Aleks assignments from Tyler and change the grading to reflect at least 80 new topics done this quarter instead. This will mean that if you did not get your work done last week, you can catch up. I have started to add a small grade for time spent in Aleks to be sure that kids that are trying can get at least some credit for their work. There will also be an Aleks grade for completion of the Aleks Course 1 content. This will be a percent completion for the entire year.
Work in the google classroom is also being graded. As we started, I gave credit for attempting to complete the two assignments given each week, but I will be reducing points going forward when students send in a reply that does not address the writing prompt, so read carefully please.
Final math grades will be based on the following:
• Aleks Time/Topics finished this quarter (70%)
• Final Aleks Completion of course 1 (10%)
• Google Classroom Responses (20%)
I am happy to work with kids who need help or a change in the timeline for what they are doing. I have really enjoyed helping some of you with Aleks and I can walk students through problems if they need me to on-line. Keep sending questions through email at email@example.com or the google classroom and let me know if you have any questions.
Distance Learning Update: 3/30-4/3
As you may have heard the governor has recently extended the current school closure through the end of the school year. While I understand the reasons for it, I can’t help but feel sad that I will not be able to meet face to face with my students for some time. I miss all of my kids so much.
Moving forward I am still experimenting with the best ways to work with my students to help them achieve academically in these unusual circumstances. I would like to start by sharing that the physical and mental health of all my kids is my first priority. I know that each of my students is dealing with different circumstances right now. Please reach out to communicate with me to help you if you need to do something differently, or if you need help. The surest way to reach me is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or to respond to the Google Classroom questions. I will be providing student hours each week so that any student that would like to video chat on Zoom or live chat on Google Classroom can do so to get help or just to check in with me. My first student hours will be on Wednesday at 11:00 pm. I will send out more information about how to access this on the google classroom by Tuesday at 5:00.
I will post information for the upcoming week on Mondays at 10:30 am in the Google Classroom every week going forward. I will have a short introduction activity that should take less than 5 minutes to complete. The introduction activity should be done as soon as possible in the week. Students will be asked to read the directions for the week, complete two weekly reflections in the Google Classroom, and to complete a minimum number of topics in Aleks weekly. All work will be due Sunday at 3:00 pm weekly going forward.
This week I will continue to work with staff to change the grade categories for students. More information will be sent out soon.
Take care of yourself and each other.
I have been so happy to hear from many of my students as we all continue to adjust to new schedules and ways of learning. Please continue to reach out to me by email at email@example.com or on the Google Classroom at any time. I check my messages on weekdays from 9:00-5:00 and I can always call to help with a problem if needed.
Going forward students should be signing into the Google Classroom daily during the school week if possible. I have posted the enrichment work for the week of 3/23-3/27 there, and I will be posting instructions in the class going forward. You can access the classroom with any device, including your phone, tablet (Apple, Android, and Amazon), laptop, Chromebook, or desktop computer. You can even get in with and X-box or Playstation using the browser. If you need help getting into the Google Classroom please let me know. The most common problem I have encountered so far is to remember to use your IDfirstname.lastname@example.org account to get in.
Having problems accessing Aleks? There are several ways to access Aleks, but none of them involve a username or password. One way to get in is from your Google Classroom pages. On the page where you can select which class to enter try opening the Google Apps by clicking on the nine square grid in the upper-right corner of the screen. If you are using a phone or tablet you may need to rotate the device to landscape to see it. If you scroll down you should see the McGraw Hill app.
I will send our more updates next week. Remember to take care of yourself and each other.
Thank you all for being patient while our staff all work to provide information and materials for everyone. Later this week I will be in contact to share a plan moving forward. For now if you have not filled out the survey below please do so.
I am in the process of creating a plan for math instruction for the next several weeks as we all work to adapt to new circumstances. Please help me by responding to a short survey. I will publish the survey on my website, in email, and in remind in an attempt to reach as many of my students as possible. You only need to respond one time for each student in my math class.
I will reach out on Monday afternoon to families with internet access with more information for resources and expectations going forward. Information for families without internet will be distributed over the next week.
I will be able to check email, remind, my Google classroom, Aleks messages, and Edgenuity messages Monday-Friday. If you have questions or concerns as we go please let me know.
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Education from Northern Arizona University Highly qualified in middle school mathematics SEI endorsement Math Department Chair
Mrs. Leah Falcon
My name is Leah Falcon and I was born in Tucson, Arizona. I have a husband and two wonderful kids at home. I have been teaching sixth grade math at Cross for 21 years and I still love it!
Defining Moment in Education:
When I had children of my own I realized how important a caring and amazing teacher can be. As an educator I always try to imagine how I would hope my child's teachers would handle a situation. I make educational decisions with the best interests of the child at the center of my choices.
I believe that all children can learn. I believe that math is useful and important. I believe that people learn differently and should be given learning activities that match their current individual needs. I believe that the most important part of the learning process is learning from mistakes. I believe that every child deserves a safe learning environment where they are given respect and encouragement. I believe that children thrive in an setting of natural consequences and kindness.