• 2020 Distance Learning, Trimester 3:

    Procedures and Guidelines for Ms Gough's Core Classroom

    Office Hours

    Live office hours via Zoom: 11:00-11:45 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays - all students are welcome to drop by to ask questions, get help with assignments, say hello, and connect with others.  I will post the meeting ID and password every Tuesday and Thursday morning in Google Classroom.

    One on one Zoom office hours can also be scheduled for times between 10:45-11:00 and 11:45-12:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Email me to set that up.

    If you have questions at other times, email me! Email is a quicker way to reach me than posting in Classroom, as my Classroom notifications don’t work correctly and I may not notice for days if you write to me there.

    Posting Procedures:

    I am posting in two ways to help students manage work:  

    1. My weekly post will include a syllabus for the entire week - that means, you can see all tasks and learning goals that you should have finished by Friday.  
    2. My daily posts will break down the assignments into daily learning chunks.  Each daily assignment will also have the links and resources you need in order to complete the assignments - such pdfs of texts to read, videos, links, DLW sentences, etc.  As much as possible, these daily assignments will feature videos that include pre-recorded mini-lessons to help you with new concepts or material.

    Grading, Due Dates, and Turn In Procedures

    • You will receive FOUR daily posts each week, which include work for both ELA and Social Studies.  If you do NOT complete assignments daily, the work will pile up, as teachers are being asked to assign 30 minutes per class per day to you while you learn from home.  That means I am assigning 60 minutes per day to you of course work, plus asking you to read independently for another 30 minutes daily. 
    • All work for the week is due on Fridays.  Submit each assignment using the “Friday Assignment Due” posts - do not turn work in to the daily assignment tasks, as these are only there to help you manage your work each day. All work will be turned in through Google Classroom, except...
    • If I assign a TCI Social Studies online textbook reading and activity, that is the only thing you won’t turn in to Google Classroom.  The online textbook system keeps records of your work and I can grade it in there.
    • Points, scores, and credit for assignments will be returned to you via Classroom whenever applicable, but you can track your total points and scores easily by using Aeries Gradebook, which I am continuing to update with all assignments.

    Core Classroom Snapshot

    For ELA, we will primarily advance our grammar work using Quill.org, which your child had already signed up for and used with me previously during our grammar unit in December.  I will still include our DLWs (Daily Language Workouts) through Google Classroom, but there will more often be weekly lessons and activities to complete on Quill.org, tailored to each student's progress and level.  Meanwhile, we will engage in a novel study of The Little Prince, through which I will work on growing your child's comprehension and literary analysis skills by guiding them to seek out the deeper allegorical messages of this beloved classic.  Additionally, this novel study will help students explore vocabulary, plot elements, symbolism, and the six "signposts" of literary analysis.  All work for The Little Prince will be completed using Google Classroom and links I post therein.

    For Social Studies, we will proceed using our online textbook platform, TCI. It is a textbook our students already use, and the district has obtained full access to the online platform for us. I will also include supplemental videos and readings on Google Classroom to bring some of the material to life; however, in terms of trying to keep the work content-focused and standards-based, using our online textbook is simplest and most straightforward.  Students can expect to continue exploring medieval cultures, empires, and trade networks that include China, the Mongol Emprie, Eurasian trade, and the impact of colonialism and trade upon West Africa during the European Age of Exploration.