Thursday, September 22, 2016

Keeping track of homework, iblock, and more...

What is iBlock?
The "i" in iblock stands for individual.  iBlock is a 30 minute block that happens each day and is focused on the specific needs of individual students as determined by a combination of local assessments, teacher observation and student voice.  Each iBlock session will last 6 weeks.  iBlock groups will be taught by school-wide staff and will be small and focused.  Examples of areas of focus for the first session include

  • math reasoning and strategies
  • reading comprehension and fluency
  • geography skills
  • spelling
  • multiplication fact fluency
  • foreign language
If your student has needs outside of their assigned session 1 group, we will do our best to meet those needs during a different 6 week session.`

How is your student keeping track of assignments?

With the move to one-to-one devices, CBMS no longer orders assignments books for students to purchase.  We recognize that learning to manage deadlines and being organized is a skill that many middle school students are learning and that the development of these skills is essential for success. During team time today we got organized!

5th Graders
All 5th grade students have been supplied with a homework folder and a two week calendar where they will be writing their assignments.  If you have a 5th grader, please ask to see their folder and yellow paper calendar.

6th Graders
6th graders were given options, but are still required to have an organizational strategy for keeping track of deadlines and upcoming events.  6th graders can use the any of the following:

  • homework folder/two week calendar option
  • their own assignment book
  • online google calendar
  • Schoology calendar
We strongly encourage you to check in with your 6th grader to see which option they chose.

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