Here are some common questions you may have about returning to Mrs. Evans’ classroom for hybrid learning.
As a side note: The district continually uses the term “blended learning” when talking about “hybrid learning.” They are misusing this term. Blended learning is mixing traditional learning with technology. This has been going on in schools for decades. Hybrid learning has not.
What supplies will I need?
Students should be sure to bring their Chromebooks, fully charged, to school with them every day. Additionally, students should consider the following supplies:
Headphones or earbuds that are compatible with the school Chromebooks or personal device.
Personal hand sanitizer and tissues
What days am I required to report to school?
If you are in cohort A, you will report to classes on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Cohort B reports on Thursdays and Fridays.
Wednesdays are asynchronous.
If you do not know what cohort you are in, you should find it in the parent portal or call the school for that information.
What will Mrs. Evans' classroom be like?
Students will be required to wear their masks at all times. Masks should cover the nose, mouth, and chin at all times. We will practice regular mask checks.
Students will be socially distanced in the classroom and will continue using their devices/Chromebooks during Mrs. Evans’ class. Eventually, Mrs. Evans hopes to have students check out fiction books to read between online assignments.
Students will be discouraged from using their phones in class so they can focus on finishing their assignments and not have homework.
May I continue online learning from home?
The district is requiring teachers to mark students absent if they are not in class. If you wish to remain learning online remotely, you should consider applying for the Digital Academy. Call the school for information about how to do so.
What should I wear?
As always, you should dress according to Whetstone’s dress code (no hoods, skin properly covered, pants pulled up, etc.). Ask me sometime why you have it so good compared to where I have worked before. Additionally, I recommend you dress in layers. Some rooms are warmer than others in the building. For instance, my room is usually warmer when it’s cold out and colder when it’s warm out. However, we may be required to open our windows for ventilation (which will let ALL of the allergens in), so who knows how that will affect the temperature/humidity in the room. So, be prepared. Think ahead.
How will classwork be handled in Mrs. Evans' class?
As we transition back to the classroom, I will initially continue to post assignments as I have all year in order to limit changes in expectations. As we settle in, I hope to add choice fiction reading time regularly and may make other changes to the routine according to my professional insight.
Will things be easier when we return?
Yes and no.
You will have in-person access to your teachers. That should help!
You will also have less access to your teachers overall because you’re going from 4 days of live instruction to 2 days.
And transition can be hard.
Push yourself and be nice to yourself. Connect with your counselor if you feel overwhelmed.
I have other questions. What should I do?
There are, no doubt, plenty of questions about logistics, transportation, and other things not related directly to Mrs. Evans’ class. Take those questions to the front office or district office as necessary. Mrs. Evans can only answer questions directly about her own class.
Want to follow along with this page as I explain it? Listen to the audio file below. :)
Wowee! We made it through the first quarter! Let’s all pat ourselves on the back, do a little happy dance, and take a nap. Just kidding about the nap. We’ve gotta start second quarter now!
We’ve all learned a little bit about ourselves this quarter. We’ve learned what we’re good at in this online learning environment and what doesn’t work. It’s okay if you learned some hard lessons this quarter–we all did, including me! But now we do what I lovingly call “fail forward,” which means we take our failures and move forward with the lessons we learn from them.
Let’s kick quarter two in the tail!
Here are some updates and reminders as we head into quarter 2! Read them all and watch the videos that go with them.
Late work policy updated
Starting with week 7 work, the first week of the second quarter, late work will be worth half credit. It is very important for students to complete their work each week since skills build upon one another as we progress through the year.
Students who complete work need to fill out the late work form found on each week’s Bitmoji slides. DO NOT FILL OUT THE FORM IF THERE’S NO ZERO IN INFINITE CAMPUS!
Gateway work reminder
Don’t forget that, in order to earn points on the Gateway writing assignments in Google Classroom, you have to complete the Gateway process. Check out THIS VIDEO that explains how this works for a recent assignment we had.
It is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for you to attend class. As we buckle down to have online classes for at least the rest of the semester, you will have to come to class AND PAY ATTENTION so that you don’t fall behind. I can’t help you if you don’t show up or if you’re not engaging your eyes and brain in our class time and I WANT TO HELP YOU!
Class is becoming increasingly important and students who attend and engage in class have MASSIVELY better grades than those who don’t. In fact, I don’t have any students who even passed for the first quarter who didn’t come to class regularly.
What to expect in class: engagement, space to ask questions, clarification for each week’s activities
Weekly slides reminder
Every week, you MUST go through the slides for the week in Google Classroom. Not every assignment is in Google Classroom as an actual assignment. The slides point you directly to the other places where you need to go in order to complete the week’s assignments; we have to use a lot of platforms to assess all of the content in English (reading, writing, listening, speaking), so the slides simplify access to those platforms. If all else fails, ask me about them in class and/or check the weekly checklist found on slide 3 each week!
Comments in Infinite Campus
I’ve received some requests for assignments to be graded even though the assignments were finished. Sometimes you earn a zero on an assignment that you’ve completed. Be sure to read the comments in Infinite Campus before requesting an assignment be regraded; I always put in a comment if students earn a zero on an assignment.
To sign up for class text messages, send the code @evans10 to the number 81010. Be sure to finish signing up. You may also use the code to join the class on the Remind app, found in your app/play store. If you don’t have a phone and want to sign up another way, go to remind.com/join/evans10 and sign up with an email address that you use frequently.
Hi! It looks like I have to be out of class today. The district is not supplying a substitute when we take days off during remote learning.
While I’m out, please be sure to mark things off of your checklist for the week. You’ll find it in this week’s Bitmoji Classroom Slides (third slide, click on the transcript button–the old school typewriter–for that checklist).
I wish I could be with you today, but I cannot. Please message me if you have any questions. I will get back to you as soon as I’m back to work.
Here are a few reminders and tips as we head into week 1 of remote instruction!
Be sure you’ve signed up for the Remind service. It’s free and it is how I want you to contact me after week 1.
Be careful as you read directions. When you ask questions that are answered in the directions, I will direct you to the directions themselves. You will save time by paying attention to the directions.
Everything is housed in the Bitmoji classroom; if you can’t find something, it’s probably because you didn’t look there.
If you notice a link is missing or something is wrong in the Bitmoji classroom, be sure to text me through Remind or tell me in a live session. I definitely want to fix any mistakes so you have clear directions!