Recap of Quarter 1:
Assignments included Digital Space 1, 2, and 3 and also two initial stages of the Genius Hour Project. All information on these assignments is available on the 8th grade tab of the cougartech webmix. Digital Space 3, as the last activity of the quarter, caused a few students do drop in their grade a bit due to the fact that a number of students did not finish the assignment. It was just recapping ten tips on how to make a good presentation, since students have been working on presentations in both science and social studies classes. It seems at the end of the quarter some students were dawdling and not making the best use of class time. Even though the short activity could have been completed outside of class or in the open lab time I offered, some students just never got around to their ten sentences, or they may have done the sentences but never shared their document with me and I never was able to review it.
We are beginning our work with Microsoft Excel and the stock market. Students will be building a virtual portfolio of 4 stocks of their choosing (DIVERSIFY!) and use formulas in Excel to maintain a weekly snapshot of how well their portfolios are faring and whether they are headed for "riches" or "ruin".
So in addition to learning to create simple formulas and format spreadsheets we will be taking a look at the economics of the market and what events can make stock prices rise or fall. Students should look at the news, financial sites, ask for input from family members, and come with 4 stocks in mind. If they only can think of 2 or 3, I will have a "grab bag" of stock from the Dow Jones Industrial Average that they can choose from. Actual purchases will take place on November 19 and then we will follow our stocks for the next approximately 8 weeks and see who comes out on top!
The next Genius Hour is scheduled for November 26 after stocks are updated. Students should have settled on their actual "Essential Question" and have at least 10 facts or pieces of information in their notes to help answer the essential question.
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