My primary inspiration for creating this website is to create a learning community that we can all participate in by virtually opening the doors to my classroom. By going to the Class Pagespage, you can learn about what your student is doing each day in the classroom. All class resources are posted daily on this website: handouts, assignments, presentation, videos - along with assignment due dates, test dates, and the State and National Standards being covered.
Education and learning should be as accessible and transparent to both the students and their parents/guardians as possible. Students have a right to know exactly what is expected of them, and it is our job as teachers and parents to make sure that our students have all the resources necessary to achieve the goals we set in front of them. Please contact me by email at any time using the contact form posted below.
I have also posted below several links to resources for parents about how to support your student and help them succeed in school. Additionally, I have posted content-related, science links that are both fascinating and informative, which you may find helpful in brushing up with your science knowledge.
Here are some resources that you can use to help with your own, and your students, understanding of the material we are covering in class.
1. Khan Academy: Hundreds of tutorial videos on topics in all subjects.
2. CK-12: A free online textbook that also has many small lessons, interactive demonstrations, and exercises. Select the subject and then the grade-level. This is a free online textbook that is standards-aligned.
Parent Guide to Online Life for your Student
Kathy Schrock's website is an amazing all around resource for educational technology. This page is dedicated to some helpful resources when it comes to helping you and your student navigate the digital world out there safely.
Parent Guide to Student Success...
1. Make time to TALK to your child about their lives, especially their life at school. One of the most powerful ways to learn something is to teach it to others. Simply having your child explain their homework to you is a great way to help them learn it for themselves.
2. Help your child organize their school work. Avoiding unnecessary confusion is critical to academic success. Some of the best organizational tools that I use to keep track of everything are Google Calendar, Pocket Informant, and Evernote. For more on how to use these tools please view my Tech 4 Teachers page or just contact me, and I would be glad to go over things with you.
3. Set aside specific time and space for homework. People need time to learn things, and often need consistent structure to motivate them.
4. Communicate regularly with your child's teachers (see contact form below).
Contact me any time! Use the contact form posted below to shoot me an email. Phone calls are welcome and I will return them immediately. Make time to come and visit the classroom and I will make time to share and talk with you about your student and everything we are doing on a daily basis.