Monday, February 24, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Week 24, Day 2
Objective: recognize distinctive and shared characteristics of cultures through reading; understand cultural background to literary texts, grade level vocabulary, and listening for understanding.

I know this is long, but please read all of it!!!!!

Surprise! I'm not here today.  Unfortunately, I won't be back until after Spring Break.  Here is what is going on: I have had a sinus infection since before Christmas.  It doesn't appear to be getting better.  In pregnancy, there isn't a lot of medications that are safe to take.  On Friday, when I went to the doctor, she recommended aka "prescribed" for me to be off from work for a minimum of two weeks.  She said that if I keep going at the pace I have been going, I am not going to get better and it could end up hurting the baby.  Therefore, I am at home for the next two weeks.  It is not necessarily "bed rest."  It is just "try to limit your stress to an absolute minimum and get as much rest as possible." I will still be checking emails periodically and trying to keep up with my twitter, as well.  I am okay...really!  Doctor just wants me to take a little bit of time to "de-stress," take care of myself, and get to feeling better.  Don't believe any rumors...I have not joined the Witness Protection Program, I have not been abducted by aliens, I have not gone into labor, I have not fled the country to start a new life in Fiji, I have not quit my day job to join the traveling circus, or whatever else people will try to come up with...Haha!  That was supposed to be funny, but I guess "supposed" is the operative word. [insert obligatory laugh here]  I will try to maintain my blog daily...hopefully!

Because of this change in the game plan, I am depending on all of you to take responsibility for your own learning and to BE GOOD for the sub.  I have left strict instructions to write up anyone who gives ANY problems.  Please don't be a problem.  Turn your work in ON-TIME, and turn in QUALITY work.  

I will probably require a lot more "Google Docs" and "Forms" so that I can grade from home.  But even that, I am supposed to keep to a minimum.  So, assign less work, right?!?!  Wrong!  We still have to get through the material.  Bummer, I know.  
  1. Week 24 SAT Words should be posted on the wall.  I will get them on Quizlet as soon as possible, but PLEASE do not rely only on Quizlet to study.
  2. New Bell Work Instructions
    1. In your "Avalos English III" shared folder, make a copy of document: "5th Six Weeks Bell Work"
    2. When you rename your document, put YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME before the "5th Six Weeks Bell Work"
    3. We will start doing Bell Work on a Google Doc, until further notice.  Here's how it is going to work...each day you will write the Bell Work Number (1, 2, 3, etc.), the date, and COPY the bell work question(s) from my blog.  Then you will answer the bell work.  In between each bell work, please put a double or triple space, so I can easily see a distinction between entries.  Also, each day, you will put the newest bell work AT THE TOP of the Google Doc.  
    4. I hope all of this makes sense!!!!!!
  3. Bell Work: Next year is your Senior year.  What type of schedule do you plan to put together for yourself?  Easy? or Rigorous?  What are the pros and cons of each choice?  (Remember, you must have at least 80 words for Regular English and 90 words for Honors!!!!)
  4. Create another Google Doc and title it: YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME Bucket List
  5. You will create a list of AT LEAST 25 things you want to do before you "kick the bucket" or die.  I know it may seem morbid, but I think everyone should have a bucket list. I will have a form for you to submit it tomorrow.  
  6. Start of the new six weeks
    1. Get your assignments in ON-TIME.
  7. If there is time at the end of class, you may read silently or play Free Rice.  
  8. I'll miss you and BE GOOD FOR THE SUB!

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