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End of the Year Capitolism
Posted by Anthony Asé on June 11, 2018 at 12:14pm

We've got an end of the year project where the kids are creating origami and selling stuff. We have an auction of raw materials and we will make our class into an origami street market for a week.

I am transforming my role of teacher into the role of banker.

The sheet that students will be working from is copied below.

 

End of the year Origami Sales!

You will open a store to sell your origami creations! I will start you off with seed money, knowledge, and raw materials.

 

Seed Money: Seed money will be based on three factors

              1. Grade in my class

              2. SBA or STAR score, whichever is higher

              3. After school activities

If you have a 3 in my class, then you start off with $300 class bucks. Grade of 2, then $200 class bucks. Grade of 1, then $100 class bucks.
Your standardized test score nets you a “bonus”

              4 – 24.5% bonus

              3 – 18.6% bonus

              2 – 12% bonus

              1 – 9% bonus

Each afterschool activity you participated in nets you an extra $40 class bucks.

Class bucks will be given out tomorrow. Today you will calculate what your class bucks should be.

Knowledge: I will provide 7 different origami “how to” videos on our G-Class. It is up to you to choose what to listen to and what to practice. You can do as much extra or as little work as you wish. Your results are whatever your results are.

Raw Materials: I will charge Class Bucks for different types of papers. On Wednesday, I will come to class with all sorts of different papers for you to fold. Plain old paper. Shiny paper. Colorful paper. Paper made specifically for origami creations. You will auction for the price. Keep in mind how much money you have and how much you can sell your items for.

Your Goal: Make as much class bucks as possible, of course. Each class’s winner will not only get a bag of candy, they will also get to choose how we spend one day of the last week of school. Secondary goal, purchase every type of origami made. If you have the best collection, then you get a special surprise goal.

 

Rules: If you want to do something not mentioned above, you just have to check in with me. I may charge you a fee, I may impose specific rules, but most likely I’ll just say “okay”.

 

 

No More Homework
Posted by Anthony Asé on June 04, 2018 at 8:54am

At this point in the year there will be no more homework. There is one final test coming up and time spent studying would be beneficial, but there is no more assigned homework for the year.

Many students will try to spend the last couple weeks of school getting their grade up. That's great. I will be available before and after school starting next Monday.

So, to reiterate:
No more homework for the year.
Retakes and study sessions can still be scheduled.

 

Sound Discipline
Posted by Anthony Asé on May 11, 2018 at 10:02am

Hey everyone, 
Sound Discipline is helping Dimmitt implement a new discipline strategy. They've been working heavily with the 6th grade team and we have seen some good results. This organization is providing a free meeting so that you all can hear what they've been teaching us as well. 

So, if you wish to get a little training or just seeing what ideas are happening at our school please show up. 

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Keeping the Mind Sharp Over Break
Posted by Anthony Asé on April 04, 2018 at 1:07pm

Spring break is fast approaching and though it is only one week, a lot of school skill can be lost if we are just lethargic for a week.

So, be active this break. Mind and body.

Go play. Play a TON.

When you come inside for the day, give your brain some exercise too. Moby Max a few minutes. Maybe play some 2048. DO some brain teasers or crossword puzzles. Play board games like Seven Wonders, or Ticket to Ride. Keeping your brain engaged doesn't have to be boring.

 

Over the Hump
Posted by Anthony Asé on March 20, 2018 at 8:57am

Well, we have passed the halfway point. 

Some students are hitting their stride. Nothing is scary anymore. They know the routine. They know the rules. Middle school life is easy and flying on by.

Some students are hitting their wall. Now is the time to provide a bit of extra encouragement for these students. It's often hardest when you seem to be the only one still struggling. Some of you will be receiving emails from me in the coming weeks just asking you to help me encourage your kids. Please note that this is not a plea for punishment (for most of you). My emails are just asking you to help me reinforce a hearty work ethic.

Thank you so much for what you already do and I hope you won't find my requests to be too much.

Wrestling Season is Beginning!
Posted by Anthony Asé on January 09, 2018 at 9:58am

This is important for TWO big reasons.

1st - Of course, you should sign your kiddo up to wrestle. I hear the coach is amazing.

2nd - My availability after school is now gone. Students can still see me before school and at lunch times, but I will be coaching after school starting on the 16th.

Not only do I coach wrestling, but I am also the track coach. So, for the remainder of the year, I am not available after school. 
Again, I'm still available in the mornings and at lunch times for extra help.

 

New Stuff with Homework
Posted by Anthony Asé on November 20, 2017 at 9:33am

Occasionally, three times a year, I will have a homework assignment count as a quiz. Students have already had this first HomeQuiz this year. It will happen again.

"But Mr. Ase, how will I know which homework is a quiz?" you may ask. Well, you don't. But that's okay since you are doing the homework anyway. So, it doesn't even matter which one it is cuz you are doing it all anyway ;) 

"With the 'homequiz' can I still do retakes?" you may ask. Of course you can. Everything is open to retakes. Just remember, bring me the corrected quiz and then I'll give you a new problem based on what you got wrong in the first place.

 

Highly Capable
Posted by Anthony Asé on October 20, 2017 at 8:58am

Many of you want to know about how to get "highly capable" services for your student. The following is a link to get you started.

https://www.rentonschools.us/domain/586

Students are only tested as a whole in 2nd grade, after that it has to be a recommendation. The reason I make this announcement is because the recommendations are due pretty early in the year, but it takes me a while to really get to know your students. So I have posted this link so that you can start the journey if you so choose.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about the Renton School District Highly Capable program.

I have a lot of information about advanced math placement for next year, but "highly capable" is a bit different and is a District wide service.

The district wide leadership for this is Kelley Lowery and Jon Stadler. They can be contacted at KEC.
(425)204-2308 for Kelley Lowery
(425)204-2333 for Jon Stadler

 

I will keep my eyes open and work as best I can, but I also wanted to give you these resources.

 

Testing!!
Posted by Anthony Asé on October 13, 2017 at 10:13am

We had our first big test yesterday.

We'll have a few minutes today to finish up if anyone needs it.

 

So far, the scores have been pretty decent. Please remember that it is not only allowed, but encouraged to do retakes. Here are the steps for doing retakes:
1. Correct your original test.
2. Bring me the corrected test or ask for help if you can't correct it on your own.
3. Schedule a time with me before school, during lunch, or after school to redo anything you got less than a 3 on.
4. Usually takes anywhere from 3-8 minutes to do corrections. 

That's it.

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New Seats
Posted by Anthony Asé on September 25, 2017 at 9:40am

Today students will get new seats and new groups. This is 100% random unless there is a particular problem with particular kids. We change seats every chapter, so you never end up stuck with the same group and the same group dynamics. 

Consider each new chapter as a new chance to impress new peers!