Reflections on the First Week

2016/2017 is already bigger than any year I have had.  More students are part of the Awesomeness than previous years, and I cannot wait to see all that they will accomplish together.  We have already jumped into “Indelible Moments” and will be writing those down for future generations.  I have to confess that I am Read More…

Benchmarks and Corn Dogs

Since Thursday of last week, we have been taking benchmark tests in the Awesomeness.  7th graders have to take three STAAR tests for English: a written composition test, a revising and editing test, as well as a reading test.  We like to have a benchmark test for each STAAR test administered, so we need a whole Read More…

What to Expect This Six Weeks

The 3rd six weeks begins Monday, November 9.  Here is what will be happening in The Awesomeness. Expository, Expository, Expository We will be studying expository writing this six weeks, which is the type of essay students will be expected to write for the upcoming STAAR test.  We have already started studying this complicated writing style. Read More…

Corrections

This week marks the third week of the six weeks and some students have some work to do. I graded everything that was given to me on Friday, October 16.  That was the day everything was due.  If your student has a zero, they have until Wednesday to get it to me. I gave all Read More…

Spirit Bear Test

Over the weekend, I have decided to offer corrections for the Spirit Bear test.  The average grade was a 64.  More students failed than passed.  That usually means something is wrong with the test, so it would not be fair to the students to let the grades stand as they are. Students have the opportunity to Read More…

Vocabulary Quiz This Friday

Here are the words you will be responsible for on Friday: Chapters 1-3  rasping – harsh; grating palpable  – readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident rumple  – to crumple or crush into wrinkles: to rumple a sheet of paper distraught – distracted; deeply agitated adequate – sufficient to satisfy a requirement or Read More…

My Big Campus

Today we took the vocabulary quiz (I didn’t have a class meet last week’s challenge) on the social website “My Big Campus.” MBC has been available for a few years and I have used it on occasion but never really implemented it to the fullest.  Partly because not all students have internet access at home, but Read More…

Vocabulary Quiz Challenge

I have raised the stakes of this week’s vocabulary quiz.  Any class that has all students making a 100 on the quiz will be exempt from any future vocabulary quizzes.  “May your grade reflect your preparation.”

The Big Announcement

It’s official….Mr. James and his students will be studying the worldwide bestselling dystopian novel “Divergent” by Veronica Roth.  Starting February 7 we will begin reading the novel in class.  Students will not need to get a copy of the novel because we will use the class set that came in a week ago. And now Read More…