2020 Distance Learning, Trimester 3:
Procedures and Guidelines for Ms. Zeisler's US History Classroom
The expectation is that students will spend about 30 minutes a day, four times a week, on social studies assignments. I will also continue to post 4 Questions of the Day each week (these will be posted Monday through Thursday).
Each week, I will post 3 assignments that students can complete at a time that works for them (asynchronously). I will post those Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
I will also hold four 30-minute small group discussion opportunities for students to interact synchronously (at the same time) during my live office hours on Tuesdays (9:00 am and 9:45 am) and Thursdays (10:45 am and 11:30 am). The expectation is that for the 4th activity of the week, students will attend at least one of the live discussions, if they are able to. I will always also offer a written alternative to attending the virtual discussions. Tuesday and Thursday discussions will have different topics, so students will have choices for attending discussions that involve both a choice of timing and a choice of topic. The discussion topic on Tuesday will relate to the assignment posted on Monday of that week, and the discussion topic on Thursday will relate to the assignments from Tuesday and/or Wednesday. If students would like to attend live discussions on both Tuesday and Thursday of a given week, they are more than welcome to. I will post discussion options for each week on Monday, and all assignments will continue to be due on Fridays.
Grading, Due Dates, and Turn In Procedures
- All work for the week is due on Fridays. However, I am not taking off points for late work - I understand that it may be challenging to get work done in certain time parameters right now, so students should just do their best to get the work done when they can. All assignments should be turned in on Google Classroom.
- Each assignment is worth 5 points. Students will earn full credit for completing the assignment. Students may earn partial credit if the work is incomplete or if it is not entirely their own work. Students are welcome to complete and resubmit any incomplete assignment.
- Points, scores, and credit for assignments will be returned to students via Classroom, and students can track which assignments have been turned in and scored by using Aeries Gradebook, which I am continuing to update with all assignments, although I am not calculating a total grade.
History Classroom Snapshot
I have been doing my best to adapt the lessons I use in class to online learning. We just wrapped up our unit on the New American Nation and Western Expansion, and will spend the rest of the year learning about Sectionalism and the lead-up to the Civil War. Assignments will be a combination of articles, videos, and primary source documents that we'll be using to examine the events of the past and analyze their effect on modern America.
Procedures and Guidelines for Ms. Zeisler's Drama Classroom
Drama is a very challenging class to convert to online learning! I've been doing my best to try to keep the students engaged and learning about acting techniques while learning from home. Students should check Google Classroom each day for announcements from me with instructions and assignments. My live Office Hours for Drama are from 1-2:30 pm on Mondays and 9-10:30 am on Fridays. We'll sometimes have class Zoom calls during those times to play improv games, check in, and share what students have been working on. Students are also welcome to contact me during those times, via email or Google Classroom, along with any other times as well. Students may also set up one-on-one Zoom calls with me during those times if they have questions.Welcome to 8th Grade History and 7th/8th Grade Drama with Ms. Zeisler!All assignments and information are on Google Classroom.Drama students often write their own plays, but sometimes we get scripts from Drama Notebook, which can be found here: https://www.dramanotebook.
com/plays-for-kids/Ms. Zeisler8th Grade History and 7th/8th Grade DramaRoom 45, Upper Wind PodMill Valley Middle Schoolkzeisler@mvschools.org415-389-7711 ext. 2745