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    Hello, everybody!  Here is a copy of what I posted on Teams this week: 8th Grade: Good morning! I'm thinking about what to keep going with this week, and originally I was going to assign an exploration to you all but most of you have not yet completed the activity from last week.  If you did, I sent you feedback and I'm loving the projects you've created!  So here's the deal:   If you completed last week's project, start a new EXPLORATION this week.  Choose a project type you haven't done yet, go to the Assignments tab, and find the Exploration assignment for that type.     If you did not complete last week's project, that should be your focus.  Email it to me when it's complete.  And remember, the checklists and rubrics are in the tab above labeled "Checklists & Rubrics." Use the checklist to guide you and use the rubric to double-check that it has everything it needs. 6th and 7th Grade: In lieu of assigning a project or activity this week, I'm going to be hosting a game during Office Hours on Friday!  We'll be playing a game called Lie Swatter!  (In Lie Swatter, players are given a fact and must quickly decide if it’s True or a Lie. Get it wrong and the bug gets squashed! But get it right…and the bug also gets squashed, but you get points. Up to 100 players can drop in and out at any time, even after the game has already started.)   Meet me on Zoom on Friday to play a game with us! 6th grade: 12:00; 7th grade: 12:30   In the meantime, here are some more NearPod codes for practicing your typing skills: JKL Keys: NQBUT J to H Keys: ATNVY F to G Keys: OQVIS (Optional) Home Row Practice: ZCNAW ***Zoom links and codes/passwords are on each class's Teams page for privacy
    Posted by krausln  On May 06, 2020 at 8:15 AM
    Due to low participation in the video Zoom office hours, I'm changing the format.  It's been getting awkward when I'm just sitting there staring at myself for an hour and a half!  I've had a handful of you each time, so thanks for stopping in!   From now on, Office Hours are on Fridays from 12-1:30, but instead of being on Zoom they will be via email.  If I need to walk you through something, we can always meet up via video chat.  However, the new email format just means that I'll be glued to my computer for that hour and a half so I'll be able to answer questions immediately.  You may also utilize the "Chat" feature here on Teams, as I'll be checking that as well.   Please let me know if you have any questions!  And, as always, you are welcome to email me outside of those times as well!
    Posted by krausln  On Apr 29, 2020 at 7:35 AM
    This week, I posted announcements about my chance in Office Hours format, so please be sure to read those. For this week, this was what was posted on Teams for all students: 8th Graders:  Last week, I gave everybody the task of choosing a new project type and getting to work.  Just like in school, I'm giving you two weeks to complete the project.  When you're done, you can just email it to me!  I'm excited to see what you all come up with!   For more details, just take a look at what I posted last week. 6th and 7th Graders: This week's lesson focuses on a skill: Touch Typing!  You'll go through a series of Nearpods that will introduce the skill of Touch Typing and then give you opportunities to practice.  At the end, you can submit a reflection.    Nearpod: The Importance of Touch Typing - CODE: EJXYD  Nearpod: Proper Posture While Typing - CODE: YWCKD  Nearpod: Learning ASDF Keys - CODE: HWFVD  (Optional) Nearpod: Learning JKL Keys - CODE: NQBUT  When finished, practice your typing skills by going to the "Assignments" tab here and going to the "Typing Reflection" assignment. Optional: also post a reflection on Flipgrid:
    Posted by krausln  On Apr 29, 2020 at 7:34 AM
    8th Grade: We met on Zoom on Monday and it was great to hear from you!  We went over Zoom expectations and the layout of the class. This week's project: work on Project #3. You can choose what type.  Rubrics & Checklists are on Teams, just like they were in class.  If you haven't done the Exploration for that project type yet, I recommend doing that so you can get a feel for it! 6th and 7th Grade: Go through the NearPod lesson to review etiquette for different types of communication. CODE: TFEYC 6th grade: this covers target 6.1: use effective oral communication skills in a variety of settings 7th grade: this covers target 7a: make a business related phone call When you're finished, call a locally owned business and talk to the owner or manager about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way they do business.  You can find guidelines and a list of business you could call here: Verbal Comm with Entrepreneurs.pdf
    Posted by krausln  On Apr 21, 2020 at 10:54 PM
    I have posted in Teams the content for this week as well as Zoom information for our meetups and office hours!
    Posted by krausln  On Apr 14, 2020 at 10:35 PM
    Below, please find the information about my class schedule and office hours.  Our first class will be together synchronously through Zoom, and any other classes after that will be completely self-paced.  Please continue to check Teams, as that is where those activities will be listed each week. Communications 8 Class Meetup for Initial Lesson: Mon. 4/20 @ 10:00AM (Zoom information found on Teams) Virtual Schoolhouse Class Day: Mondays @ 10:00AM (Materials posted on Teams each Mon. morning)  Office Hours: Every Friday from 1:00PM - 1:30 PM (Zoom info found on Teams) Career Investigations Class Meetup for Initial Lesson: Wed. 4/15 @ 9:00AM (Zoom information found on Teams) Virtual Schoolhouse Class Day: Wednesday @ 8:30AM (Materials posted on Teams each Wed. morning) Office Hours: Every Friday from 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (Zoom info found on Teams) Communications 6 Class Meetup for Initial Lesson: Wed. 4/15 @ 8:30AM - 9:00 AM (Zoom information found on Teams)  Virtual Schoolhouse Class Day: Wednesday @ 8:30AM (Materials posted on Teams each Wed. morning) Office Hours: Every Friday from 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (Zoom info found on Teams)
    Posted by krausln  On Apr 13, 2020 at 11:07 AM
    I also wanted to offer some ideas for things you can do while you're out.   Reading.  I'll always be an English teacher at heart, and wanted to stress the importance of reading during your time out of school.  I've attached an infographic I made so that you can see the impact reading has on your brain.  Reading is exercise for our brain, and when we don't exercise it, it loses "muscle."  Please continue to read while you're out! The library has curbside pickup right now. You can even get a digital library card for the time being!  Just order ahead and then go pick them up outside the library. Want to multitask? Audible has MILLIONS of books available to you!  I have the fortune of having hundreds of books on Audible right now. I'm a big reader--even if that means sometimes I listen instead.  If you've never received an audio book gift from Audible before, I can send you one and it's totally free!  You just need to download Audible to your device.  I have the following titles that I feel comfortable lending to my middle schoolers.  If you'd like one, check with your parents/guardian(s) first and then just shoot me an email and I'll send you a link to the FREE audio book. Neal Shusterman: Unwind Series (Books 1, 2, 3, or 4) "In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would 'unwind' them" Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Series (Book 1, 2, 3, or 4) "In a world where 16 year olds are transformed via plastic surgery into Pretties, Tally's adventure as an Ugly takes you on a journey through a society you'd never imagine." Neal Shusterman: Scythe Series (Book 1, 2, or 3) "A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life--and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. This trilogy tells the tale of two apprentices who were chosen against their will to be Scythes" Stephen King: The Talisman (28hrs) (written for kids!): Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother's life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin..." Kerri Maniscalco: Stalking Jack the Ripper "17 year old Audrey, born into wealth and privilege, leads a forbidden secret life studying the practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of murders drags her into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world." Neal Shusterman: Dry "When the CA drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival" Ramona Finn: The Culling (Books 1-3): "In a solar system where the Authority decides who lives and dies, only one of their own executioners can stop them. Glade is a trained killer trained to be a datapoint--a bio-tech enabled analyst who carries out The Culling. She is kidnapped by a group who begins to make her doubt her way of life. Pulled between two opposing sides, she is unsure of who to trust--and time is running out." Neal Shusterman:  Everlost Series (Books 1, 2, 3) "Nick and Allie don't survive a car accident, but their souls don't exactly get to where they're supposed to.  Caught in limbo between life and death, they live in magical, yet dangerous place where bands of children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long begins to sink to the center of the Earth. Their roles in this world get very interesting as they explore questions of life, death, and just what might lie in between." Ernest Cline: Ready Player One "Part quest, part love story, part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLor
    Posted by krausln  On Apr 03, 2020 at 10:41 AM 1 Comment
    Hey, everybody! I've been knocking out your project grades as they come in (and I get to them).  Great work!  I love seeing all that you've been doing. Just a reminder of how to check feedback: Go to the assignment on Teams, and click on the "graded" area. Or maybe it says "Completed," (I'm not sure. I can't see your version of things).  If you click on the assignment, you can see feedback from me or look at what I chose on the rubric.  Make sure to read any comments from me on the right-hand side because if something went wrong, that's where I'll tell you what I need. I haven't been bombarding you with review material because the project I assigned our last week was cumulative, meaning it covered everything we've learned about.  I want you to concentrate on getting that done! Once Spring Break is over, since the project/assignment is due 4/14, I'll have new things for you to try!  But I didn't want to stress you out by providing more things than you needed--just concentrate on getting your project done. I've been getting a lot of questions about what is required and what isn't, so here's a helpful tip: If it's in the gradebook, it's required.  If it's not, it's optional.   After Spring Break I'll be setting up more class meetings!  I'm looking forward to seeing all your faces.  I miss you! Mrs. Kraus
    Posted by krausln  On Apr 03, 2020 at 9:37 AM 1 Comment
    Hey, everybody! If you've used Adobe Spark to create a project, it's not always as simple as sending a link. When you go to turn in your Adobe Spark project, PLEASE DO NOT SEND A LINK.  They rarely work, and we end up having to resend it a different way anyway.  Please download the project and submit the file by going into the assignment and clicking "Add Work."  Here is a video about how to download your project:
    Posted by krausln  On Mar 31, 2020 at 8:15 AM
    Good morning, everybody! I just wanted to touch base and let you know that I've graded everything I've received.  Several of you (most of you) still have not turned in your Project #2.  Don't forget you guys still need to turn that in!  I only have a couple of submissions.  They're now past due, and students who have not yet turned it in have an NHI.  That doesn't mean you can't still turn it in!  I'm happy to take late submissions and grade them as they come in.  You have until 4/14.  Please turn your projects into this folder here. Make sure that, unless it's a website, you're not using a link but the actual FILE I need to view your project.  Thanks!   Also, another reminder that the final thing you need to complete, that is mandatory, for my class is your next Project Exploration.  Again, it's not due until 4/14 but it may be a good idea to at least work on it a bit at a time.     I hope that everybody is finding the positives in being home, and that you are taking this time to be with your families and take social distancing seriously.  Hopefully this rain will let up soon so we can get outside! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  Miss you guys already! Mrs. Kraus   PS--if any of you are having difficulty with internet connection, please shoot me an email and we can work out an alternative option for you to get that final grade.  I'm flexible! PPS--I have sent this out as an email and also added it as an announcement on my Teams page.
    Posted by krausln  On Mar 25, 2020 at 11:29 AM
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