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HW @ Lunch
Posted by Anthony Johnson 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.

Success Stories from this month
Posted by Anthony Johnson on April 06, 2017 at 8:18am

- A student raised 200 points on our Star Math testing. That's equivalent to three grade levels.

- Speaking of Star Math, more than 50% of our students are on track or exceeding expectation currently. That's a big jump from about 15% at the beginning of the year.

- 5th period earned a sweet prize for showing how well they can solve single variable equations AND they even did a couple of 8th grade level problems.

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A Culture of Success
Posted by Anthony Johnson on March 28, 2017 at 2:37pm

I've been talking to the students a lot lately about attitudes and influence. So it's time I share that with you.

I believe the greatest thing we can do as a community at Dimmitt is speak up and speak proudly about our beneficial student behaviors.

For my part, that means mentioning students doing well MORE than I mention students who are struggling.

For the students' parts, that means doing the same. Too often, we give so much attention to the class clown. We pay attention to the one who is hampering the whole class. What I want is for us to increase our chatter about the hard workers in class. Increase our conversations about who did the homework. Increase our recognition of our peers who are striving for success.

I will model this behavior every day and I ask that your great students follow suit.

Grades are not currently correct
Posted by Anthony Johnson on January 22, 2017 at 6:16pm

I've only added in some temporary grades. what you see in the grade book right now is not accurate. The real grade will be in by Wednesday.

Once the grades are accurate, your child will still have until February to make any corrections that they need to.

3 Hard Weeks
Posted by Anthony Johnson on November 28, 2016 at 7:39am

In just three weeks we will be taking our winter break from school. Many times students tend to try to start their break early, that is NOT an option in this class. We have a lot of work to get done I the next three weeks, so come to school ready to continue working hard an improving.

P.S. - I do not mean that you (parents) can't take your kid out of class early, just that while they are here it will not be a leisurely stroll into break. We are going to hit the math hard and get quite a bit done.

Retakes
Posted by Anthony Johnson on October 20, 2016 at 2:15pm

My philosophy is that if a student wants to show me that they've improved, I will give them that opportunity.

Many of your students have already come to see me for retakes and increased their grade. This is wonderful!

Many of your students have NOT come see me and they should.

Nov. 3rd is the end of the quarter, so remind your kids to get those retakes taken care of ASAP.

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First Test!
Posted by Anthony Johnson on October 03, 2016 at 2:09pm

Our first test is coming up this Thursday!

This is a perfect time to see the pay off of all the work they've been doing so far. But remember, these first scores are just a baseline to measure growth against.

All tests can be retaken at a later date, but not during class time. Your student will have to either come in before school, stay after school, or do retakes during lunch. Schedule with me and we'll get that grade where they want it.

New Login for the eBook
Posted by Anthony Johnson on September 20, 2016 at 2:01pm

Hey there, so your student was allowed to create their own username and password to log in to the ebook.
Then the district decided that they should have a "universal" log in. So here are the new log-in and passwords for your student(s).

 

Login: first initial and last name followed by the number 1 (if 1, doesn't work try 2, and if not try 3. No one has a higher number than 3), all lowercase.

Password: first and last name, all one word, and all lowercase. If name is hyphenated, include the hyphen.

Example: If your student is named John Doe
Login: jdoe1
Password: johndoe

Student E-book access!
Posted by Anthony Johnson on September 08, 2016 at 3:24pm

Your students will have a choice of either having a take home book for the year or just using a digital version of the book.

The following links will help with gaining access to the digital version of the book.

This link is a video that shows how to register - CPM Youtube Video

To register, just click the link for whichever period that your child has with me. They can create their own username and password during registration.

Period 1 
Period 2
Period 3
Period 4
Period 5

 

If you would prefer a hard copy book, you may certainly do both.

And we begin a new year!!
Posted by Anthony Johnson on September 02, 2016 at 2:33pm

Hello new families!

I'm excited to begin my second year at Dimmitt Middle School.

This first week has been great just getting to know your students and them getting to know me.

Soon, we will start the middle school math work instead of just the school wide expectations.
My class is group focused and your students should expect to be talking a LOT in my room. They will be sharing their ideas with me there to facilitate and guide.

This year will be about opening their minds to the wonderful myriad of possibilities that come from a solid understanding of logic and applying mathematical concepts to the world at large.

I will use much of my real life to help with teaching. I will bring in real forms that I've had to work with and I will show them when and how I do math in the real world as well as teaching them the lessons of common core.

Feel free to contact me directly for any reasons.