It feels like just yesterday we were kicking off the new school year, and now we are already in the home stretch. With just one quarter left to go, this is the time of year when both students and teachers can feel the added pressure of the last couple months of the school year. To help alleviate some of that pressure, I wanted to take a moment to remind students and parents of some of the resources available to you.
First, know that you can always find more information about what we are working on in our class linked to this website and posted to our Google Classroom space. Our daily agenda slideshow, posted on our "Class Links" page, not only lists our in class activities for each day but also includes hyperlinks to any work that needs to be completed outside of our class. Students will also find this on our weekly schedule which is printed and given to students each Monday. We organize all of the work for our class using Google Classroom. All assignments are also turned in via this space. Use the "Classwork" tab in Google Classroom to easily locate everything we have been working on.
When it comes to needing extra help in particular areas, there are a few online resources that can support your learning. For extra help with grammar and writing, make sure you check out some of the resources that we have been using in class:
When it comes to extra support with close reading skills, perhaps one of the best tools at students' disposal is our Seminar time. Each Wednesday, students have an hour in the middle of our day to meet with teachers in the courses where they may need some extra support. Fortunately, we are able to connect our ninth and tenth grade students with upperclass tutors interested in the helping those students who wish to grow their close reading skills. All students need to do is sign up on our Seminar request sheet which hangs near the door in 217.
We have all sorts of support in our building available to our students. If there is something that you need or a resource that you are wondering about, don't hesitate to ask!
Ms. Jen Ward
An interest in helping young people discover and define their writing voice and reading interests drives Ms. Jennifer Ward to cultivate a student-centered learning environment, one that supports individual learning goals and incorporates purposeful use of technology. In March 2017, Ms. Ward was named teacher of the month by Michigan's 86th district state representative, Thomas Albert. In March 2016, she was named a TED-Ed Innovative Educator and is also a Google Certified Innovator, National Writing Project Consultant, and a 2014 PASCD Emerging Leader. Ms. Ward taught for 13 years in a Philadelphia suburban district and returned to her home state in 2015. In 2017, she joined the Grandville High School bulldogs!