Harris History Update

Hi Everyone:

I have some bad news to report. You might want to sit down for this. I won’t be issuing an update tomorrow. I’m at a meeting in St. Thomas all day Thursday, so I won’t be able to let you know how the day went. As such, you can save this message and read it tomorrow to keep consistency in the routine.

I had to insert some humour to begin; nothing seemed to go ‘right’ for me today, so all I can do is laugh and hope that the next day is better. Hopefully your day was/is better than mine 🙂 By the way, it was NOT because of the students, so don’t jump to any conclusions and ground anyone.

P1: We did the peer editing today, which I thought went really well. I also asked students to self-assess their work. Since I’m not in the building tomorrow, they can hang on to the letters until Friday. I also forgot to mention yesterday that I handed back the first quiz. Results were mixed, so study skills and test preparation may need to be addressed before next Wednesday’s unit test. Students have no homework, other than putting finishing touches on the letter.

P3: Students had the period to work on their Mesopotamian presentation. Productivity was not great, so most of the rest of the work will have to be completed outside of class. I will probably build in some conference time for students to coordinate their ideas tomorrow, but they won’t have a full class. Students should continue working on the task tonight and tomorrow night. My hope is that, because it’s a brief presentation (5 minutes), students will have it memorized. Maybe ask them how much they still have to do on the project tonight.

P4: Students worked really hard to complete their democracy poems and explanations. We had some technology glitches, but the kids responded well. The first unit test is Friday and they have preparation materials in their notebooks. I would like them to bring the article I distributed to them in class yesterday to the test on Friday for reference. The poems should be uploaded to my online dropbox along with the explanation sheet as soon as possible.

Have a great evening. Until Friday (stay strong).

Aaron Harris
Dept. Head of History
Oakridge Secondary School
1040 Oxford Street West
London N6H 1V4
Phone: 519-452-2750
Fax: 519-452-2769

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