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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 HumpPosted 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. 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 HomeworkPosted 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 CapablePosted 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)2042308 for Kelley Lowery (425)2042333 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 38 minutes to do corrections.
That's it.
New SeatsPosted 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! Ebook log in on MondayPosted by Anthony Asé on September 15, 2017 at 9:02am On Monday, I will walk students through logging into the ebook in class. They will create their own login and account password.
If your student will be missing Monday, please let me know and I will send you ebook instructions.
If you just go to https://ebooks.cpm.org and then enter this pin: CJK7U you should be able to create a log in. If this doesn't work, feel free to contact me.
Anthony.Ase@rentonschools.us is the best way to reach me.
I love math! Completely and unequivocally! I think math is the BEST!
I will do my best to have your students leave my class feeling the same way.
Our society relies heavily on mathematics and as thing continue, if citizens lack in math understanding then someone is going to take advantage of that. Interest rates, percent off sales, taxes, creating budgets, and more are all topics where the foundation for these skills are built during my class.
Please help me help your students become well rounded and well prepared citizens. I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from a mathematician that I have always looked up to, Simeon Poisson, "Life is good for two things: Mathematics and teaching mathematics!"
So that's a little about me. About my class:  Group focused. Math is not done in isolation. I also encourage doing homework as a group.  Mistakes are going to happen and we enjoy mistakes. Mistakes are the first step to success. There is no shame in retakes and questions are mandatory.  Public speaking is a must. Many students fear this. Cool. They'll learn to overcome base fears.  The biggest thing that will be weird for your students is my lack of rules. They are coming from elementary school with a ton of rules and hand holding and I am very much so of the mind set "If you are doing well, I don't need to restrict you. However, if you mess up then I'll place rules in to fix those repeated trends." HW @ LunchPosted by Anthony Asé on May 03, 2017 at 9:31am As a trial this week, students who had not completed homework for the week came in during their lunch time to eat and work together on their work.
The idea was two pronged: 1. Homework had been attempted this year by less than 50% of the students. That's just plain unacceptable. So the first prong was punitive. 2. The second prong was for them to see how easy it is to get their homework grade up. I do not ask for much. I simply ask that they attempt to do the homework and then ask questions the next day for problems they don't understand. I also request that they NOT spend more than 30 minutes on any one homework.
We had two days of homework at lunch and this is the result: 1. Over 80% of students have a 3 or higher for this weeks homework grade, an increase of over 40%! 2. Many students left with plenty of time to go back to the cafeteria and play outside and they left saying, "Wait, that's all we have to do?" So, they are noticing that homework isn't some arduous task. 3. The amount of kids who said, "Oh, I get it!" was incredible. A little bit of extra work can solidify class lessons. 4. Many students recognize that homework is easier if they work together. I've recommended this all year, but now that they've done it, they see how important it is and some have said that they want to meet up to get some hw done. I whole heartedly encourage this. 5. I realized that some students preferred this setting for getting their homework done.
What will I do now? I will not ever force them to come in at lunch time again. I didn't want to do it in the first place. However, I will provide Friday lunches in my room as an option for students who would prefer to work in class.
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