During the weeks since the last post eighth graders should have been finishing up all work related to the stock market. I am still unable to post final results of the standings because of some students not correcting their errors for submitted data, but the next post will contain a list of the top five "investors" during our 8 weeks in the stock market. I will also share the stocks they chose, whether deliberately or at random, in case anyone wants some" investing tips".
Prior to our stock market work we had been using Pixlr to learn some image editing techniques and how to choose images from the web that could legally be used with permission and even edited if the license permitted. The culminating activity was a "mashup" of an image which had been chosen, edited in some way, and then overlayed with the student's quote of choice for the yearbook. Although this should have been completed at the end of trimester 2, I let it flow into trimester 3 because there were so many students who had not finished the assignment.One big problem for some students is time management, and not being able to use the limited amount of class time wisely. Some students will get right to an activity and keep at it until finished. Others, not so much. Missing a class due to illness or a trip will put you behind and you need to invest your own time to get caught up!
One of the organizational strategies I have tried to develop with classes from the early grades is that of using a checklist of what needed to be completed and highlighting each item in the list as it was completed. There are still some students in 8th grade who never seem to look at the assignment details (which usually contain a teacher created example) and go on to submit an assignment that is only partially complete, or worse, never submit anything at all. These organizational skills and attention to details will be essential in high school.
Attention: Whatever has been completed on the 010-8 Image Quote Mashup, 014-8 Pre-writing Chart, and 015-8 Stock Market video response by Friday, May 5, will be what is evaluated. WYSIWYG = The old tech acronym, "what you see is what you get".
The following Monday, May 15, will be the final acceptance of the line graph 017-8 (which was due on April 10) and the week after that will be the sharing post (which is simply combining the information from the pre-writing chart with the line graph to share publicly.)
There was an open lab offered on May 2. There were no 8th graders who felt they needed to ask for help or get caught up on anything. I will continue to offer open labs, and in some cases actually send for individuals as necessary.