Get interested in the class! Find a reason(s) to want to like the class. If you are interested in what you are learning not only will you learn it better you will want to go to class and do the work which will help you get a better grade.
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Many young or inexperienced writers use “You” as their point of view. It is very distracting for a reader. Mostly because what the writer may be trying to convey is not relevant to the reader. Example, I once read a paper that stated, “If you plan on going to college you should study more.” One, I have already gone to college so I don’t need to worry about getting into a college. And two, I am slightly offended that the writer thought I did not study while I was in high school. I don’t think that the writer meant to irk me, the reader but that is exactly what has happened. The other problem with using “You” is that it can make the writing too informal for the intended purpose.
Below is a list of suggestions on how to fix the “You” dilemma.
When you are at school, you should not eat the food in the cafeteria…
Kids at school should not eat in the cafeteria…
When students are at school they should not eat in the cafeteria……
When you go to the store for only one item then you are wasting your time.
When people go to the store for one item they are wasting their time.
When shoppers go to the store for one item they are wasting their time.
You are crazy to think that if you do not study you will get into college.
Young adults shouldn’t count on not studying if they plan on going to college.
Students should keep an open mind about studying if they plan on going to college.
Need help in math? No one around to help you? Have you ever thought about going to the web to find the answer? Try the following sites below. Rate the sites below. Let us know which ones we should try. If you know of a good site we should try let us know that too! Happy hunting, er, I mean mathing…
When using these sites for Tutorial use the following guide:
- Look at one video. Be sure to look up a video that relates to your question.
- Take notes on video. Notes should include step by step instructions. Solve question.
- Make sure you understand your notes by finding a similar problem with the one you have.
- Solve both your problem and the similar problem.
- Check your work. If both problems are correct to move on to next problem, if not repeat steps 1-5.
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Check your work:
I hear a lot of excuses in middle school. Kids are always quick to tell me why they can’t do their homework, why they can’t work on an assignment, or work with another kid. I often say “Don’t give me an excuse as to why you can’t do something. Give me an excuse as to why you can get something done”. What I think these excuses really are is a way to stop yourself from getting the work done. I thought it might be nice to look at some of those excuses and find a way to stop it in it’s tracks.
- “I don’t know where to begin.”–Look for ways to break the assignment down into parts. Probably, the best way is to look for what needs to be done first. Then concentrate on second and all of the other parts until the assignment is completed.
- “There are too many distractions.”–There will always be kids trying to distract other kids. The trick is to remind yourself that the job, or the assignment, must get done. Thinking about the bad grade, detention, or other punishment is a good way to stay on task and not let the distractions stop you from getting your work done.
- “This is easy.”–Many students have told me how easy and quick an assignment will be only to find that they do not get it done in time. By putting off the work, the work rarely gets done. It is much better to think of all the free time you will have once the assignment is done and what you will be able to do with that time.
- “This is boring.”–As I am constantly saying in class, some activities and assignments are going to be boring. But they still have to get done. I try to teach all of my students to get into the habit of doing the work first then finding a way to reward themselves.
- “I don’t think I can do it.”–How do you know until you try? I am constantly telling students in class, done is better than perfect. The first step is to complete the task. If, indeed, you can do the assignment or task then a person can go back and perfect the assignment. If not, well, you completed the assignment.
A person must learn the signs of procrastination and learn to ignore them.
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. You may have heard of this acronym a lot lately, it is very popular. Students who study STEM are more likely to find a job, are in higher demand, and typically receive higher pay than their counterparts.
Unfortunately, STEM is still a collection of male dominated fields. To help combat that there are many programs at Sussman that encourage girls to join these fields.
The Femineer program, created by Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering, was devised to inspire girls to explore and work in STEM fields. Girls at Sussman Middle School work on projects after-school and then show off those projects at STEM fairs at Cal Poly Pomona. Click here for more information.
STEAMworks Summer Session
STEAMworks which stands for Science, Technolgy, Engineering, Art, and Math, is a summer enrichment program for students all throughout Downey. Summer classes are located at Price, Lewis, Unsworth Elementary Schools and Sussman Middle School. Students have the opportunity to spend time working on projects in the related fields mentioned above.
Project Lead the Way is a series of classes offered at Sussman Middle School that focus on the STEM fields. Students at Sussman have a variety of classes to choose from like Medical Detectives, Green Architecture, and Automation and Robotics class. These classes are offered for one semester.
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Next time you get stuck on a math problem be sure to look at this great bookmark. It just might help you get “unstuck”
Found at http://www.classroomfreebies.com/2017/04/math-problem-solving-bookmarks.html
I was reading an article entitled “7 Brain Hacks That Will Dramatically Improve Your Intelligence and Success” the other day on Flipboard and it got me thinking. This would be a great article to read if a person was looking to increase their studying ability. I have hit the highlights of the article below. At the bottom is a link to the entire article if you are interested.
- A person should learn information in 50-minute increments. Remember when we used to reset our OWL at school? That’s because a person’s brain shuts down from overload.
- Study the most important information first.
- Don’t multi-task, which means a person may not be able to listen and sing along to music. It definitely means that a person must put their phone away.
- Try new ways to memorize things.
- Ask the teacher or someone else that knows the material very well to explain it.
- Take notes. Research has found over and over that writing information will help a person learn it better.
- Be prepared to get frustrated or tired. AND KEEP GOING. It studying was easy we would all get As!
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What do you think? Have any of the above worked for you? Comment below…