As you go through school, the question, “Am I learning the skills necessary for my future job?” should be floating somewhere in your mind.
Examples of skills you may need are:
These skills are predicted to being crucial to a successful 21st-century entrepreneur.
The above skills will allow you to become a problem solver, creative thinker and will help you be able to quickly change with unpredictable times ahead.
Which of the skills above are you learning in your classes? Do you think there are skills you will need that are missing from the above list? Comment below.
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Learning to be a good writer is one of the skills taught in AVID. But why exactly do we practice writing skills? The answer is writing will be used more than any other subject we learn in school no matter what profession we decide to have.
According to a study from CollegeBoard, businesses are spending as much as $3.1 billion on remedial writing training–annually. That’s because students completed school and did not learn how to write.
We need to practice writing and we need to practice it often not just to get good grades in school but also for our future jobs. Lucky for Sussman Middle School, our motto is “Write Here, Write Now”.
Want your child to have a great school year? Then start with the basics. The following items are needed EVERY DAY for a student to do his/her best at school:
- Sleep. Check out this article on sleep. Sleep is incredibly important for a kid to be successful in school. I have seen students many times too tired to concentrate. It is crucial students and parents create a sleep schedule and STICK to it!
- A regular time and place to do homework. Homework is serious business. In some classes, homework can account for as much as 50% of a student’s grade. Be sure your student creates a routine to get homework done, EVERY DAY. And where ever that homework spot is, make sure it is a quiet, TV and radio free zone.
- Help. Sussman offers so many different programs to help students who need it. Comment below or call me for all the places your student can get help before, during, or after the school day.
- A full stomach. Healthy Breakfasts and lunches are served at Sussman. Be sure your student does not skip meals. School is a lot of work and kids need all of the energy they can get.
- Three-way Communication with a parent, student, and teacher. Working together we can achieve a lot.
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- Students are expected to take out their work WHILE signing-in as soon as the tardy bell rings.
- When Mrs. Espeseth is talking students are expected to put the computer screen down and/or make eye contact. Do not work on a computer unless requested to do so.
- Occasionally phones will be used in class, please silence them before coming into class.
- Respect the computers at all times. Do not write on them, deface them, or destroy them in any way. Please come to me if you notice anything wrong with the computer.
- Be sure to log out at the end of every class period. Be nice and help out a fellow student who has forgotten to log out.
- Plagiarism is wrong and against the law. Please be sure to do your own work at all times.
What to Do When You Get Stuck
If, at any time, you have an issue with the computer do not exchange it for another one. If there is something wrong with the computer I need to know. If you run into a fixable glitch you need to know how to fix it.
- When dealing with Wi-Fi issues it is best to be patient. Sometimes resetting the Wi-Fi is helpful. If you do not know how to do that, ask for help.
- If a computer freezes then force close, wait 30 seconds, then restart the computer.
- Most computer problems are operator error, be patient, try again, ask the people sitting next to you. If all of you do not know the problem then raise your hand and ask me.
What to do when you are finished with an Assignment
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If any computer rule is broken the following will be enforced:
- First Infraction-Warning
- Second Infraction-Loss of the computer for the rest of the day/session, contact with the Dean, and a note home.
- Third Infraction-No computer for a week, contact with the Dean, and a note home.
- Fourth Infraction-Placement in another class.
Technique-binder checks, Cornell Notes, learning logs, etc. 30%
Participation-Grade checks, presentations, etc. 30%
Types of Assignments
Below are listed the types of assignments I give and how many points they are worth. When making up missing assignments a student would be wise to make-up the assignments worth the most points first.
Tutorials – 25 points
Essays – 20 points
Projects – 20 points
Binder Checks/Pioneer Passport Checks – 10 points
Cornell Notes- 5 points
Learning Logs- 5 points
Grade Checks-5 points
A = Outstanding Level of Performance (90-100%)
- Indicates that the pupil has done excellent work and has mastered the course and/or assignment objectives, consistently does excellent work with skill and thoroughness; and consistently has applied knowledge gained to new situations.
B = High Level of Performance (80-89%)
- Indicates that the pupil has done above average work, mastered almost all of the course and/or assignment objectives; and has applied knowledge gained to new situations.
C = Satisfactory Level of Performance (70-79%)
- Indicates that the pupil has done average work and has mastered many of the objectives of the course and/or assignment.
D = Needs Improvement in Performance (60-69%)
- Indicates that the pupil has done below average work and has mastered few of the objectives of the course and/or assignment.
F = Unsatisfactory Level of Performance (59% and below)
- Indicates that the pupil’s work fell below a level of acceptance for the course and/or assignment and was unsatisfactory.