Hi 7th grade!! Ms. Dabney and I are so impressed with a large portion of the 7th grade student work. You guys rock! Today we continue our work towards completing our Health Blog. This morning our main goal is to put our Health Essay into myaccess.com and get at least a 3.5 before contacting Mrs. Syfert today for a student/teacher edit (Parents are invited too if they like). Shoot me a text when you are ready...Google Duo, Facetime or phone call...your choice.
1. Submit essay to myaccess.com
2. Teacher edit with Mrs. S
3. Get Green!
4. Ask for a tutoring session in Math. We are ready to help. Whiteboards are at the ready...but with probability it helps a lot just to have a discussion with a teacher about why the answers are wrong/right.
5. Complete weekly WOOP goal setting with your lead teacher.
Nature-Our Mood Lifter
After 2 weeks on lock down I was struggling with what some call "cabin fever." In the mountains the snow season had reached far beyond it's typical February end. With March nearing completion I had tired of the fog covered mornings followed by dreary afternoons. My days had begun to feel like Ground Hog day. (If you don't get the reference...it's a movie from the 80's...:)) The same thing...over and over. But then, I saw them...shining faces looking up at me saying, "Hang in there! Better days are to come!" The tulips that had been dormant all winter were responding to their inner calendar. They knew Spring was here! Suddenly the depression I felt creeping in lifted and feelings of happiness and hope appeared like a rainbow after a storm. Nature has that potential; it can fight depression sparked by lack of interaction with others and too much computer screen time brought about by COVID-19.
Walking in the sunshine, hearing birds singing, and seeing all the beautiful scenes she has to show us can be medicine for our psyche. Research shows this too. Researchers at Stanford University found that "people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression." (Jordan) So get out of the house. Concentrate on the beauty around you. We live in one of the most beautiful natural places in the world. Your mind will thank you.
Nature can heal the mood altering results of large amounts of computer use as well. Scientists even have a name for the depression that can come about from too much computer use..."nature deprivation." Studies have shown that too much screen time can even make us less empathetic to others. Set a schedule for computer use. Make sure use does not negatively effect you.
We do need to stay home now. We do need to use our computers for school work and connecting with others. We do not need, however, to let these things take over our wellbeing. You can experience nature in your own back yards. Take a moment to sit in the sun. Take a break from your computer and do your PE outside by walking or doing Coach Woods' videos in your backyard. It will bring you the lift you may need.
In these times of social distancing we need to focus on keeping physically and mentally healthy. Let nature be your doctor and you counselor. Stay healthy everybody!
1. Go into nature...take a picture of the beauty you experience. Text it to Mrs. Syfert. (Pictures will be shared here on this blog.)
2. In the comments section below in this post write a couple sentences using either Simile, Metaphor, or personification about the nature you experienced.
Welcome! We have a project in ELA coming up. You will be writing about what it was like for your family member(s) who came to America. I will have a video on Monday morning for you talking about the details, but before then please decide whose experience you are going to write about. Call your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins...whoever knows about these things in your family. Be ready with the following information by Monday. This is meant to be a fun assignment that allows you to learn more about your family and have a chance to talk to some of these people who may be in lock down and would enjoy a phone call right now.
Take a look at the needed information below. Just insert "my people" where it talks about a generic group of people.
Other 8th Grade Goals for today:
1. Be green in all subjects
2. Have a PE folder created and shared with your lead teacher. This week's PE log due tomorrow.
3. Contact your lead teacher by 10:30 to do a goal setting. The goal setting sheet is in your Google Classroom.
4. Complete your research about the immigration of your family and submit the document by Sunday at 3:00.
Here are a few of the beautiful essays students posted about where they are finding joy. Reminder...these are due by Thursday night!
Outlining Argumentative Health Essay and Blog
Hi 7th Grade! The health essay...which will be used on your blog...should be well under way. Today the outline is due and an edit with Mrs. Syfert is due as well. I have posted a potential outline on Google Classroom. You may use the template there, or you may start your own. Either way, please "turn in" your outline by 11:00 today. As soon as I see you turn it in I will give you a Facetime or Google Duo call. Look forward to seeing you all today!
*Other goals for today...be green...ask for help.
Teachers and Students of Desert Learning Academy