Weekly Class Blog Post Instructions
As an on-going assignment on the class blog, you will be responsible for either creating a post about the week’s class, responding to a post, or posting about online resources that are relevant to the current class topic. You must write as a responsible student, remembering that your words must be appropriate and spelled correctly. You should be constructing complete sentences, equipped with proper capitalization and punctuation. Your response should be written seriously, and you should respect the responses of other classmates.
After you have typed up your response, you should proofread it for errors. Read it out loud to yourself so you can “hear” the mistakes. Include your first name (if there is another student in the class with the same first name, please provide your last initial). DO NOT write your full name!
- Bloggers: Write a class blog post (@ least 100 words, turn in via Edmodo, on Monday)
- The weekly essential question (EQ) or objective
- What major activities (labs, demos, group work, etc.) took place in class?
- What was your favorite, most challenging, or most exciting portion of the week?
- Include @ least two pictures that are relevant to the week’s learning
- Searchers: Find and share at least one online resource (@ least 100 words, turn in via Edmodo, on Monday)
- Can be YouTube video, online game, article, etc.
- Source is relevant to essential questions or objective.
- What makes the resource worthwhile, and appropriate
- Are there any issues or problems with this resource
- Responders: Respond to one blogger and one searcher (@ 75 words each, directly on blog by Wednesday)
- Do you agree or disagree with the information provided? Why or why not?
- Add information or clarify a statement that was made.
- Give feedback on the resource
- Was the resource helpful for understanding the objective?
- Personal views about the weekly lesson
- Free week: When assigned to this group you do not have to post for the week
Each blog assignment will be worth 20 points (Up to 4 pts. per category).
Your posts will be graded using the following rubric:
For the purpose of the blog assignments, I will be looking for the following in each category:
- Conventions: grammar and usage. Your response is free of spelling errors, sentence errors, and capitalization errors.
- Focus: your response pertains to the weekly objections and/or essential questions.
- Content: your response is based on quality information and ideas. You convey your ideas, experiences, and/or research fully, providing details, examples, facts, etc.
- Style: your response is appropriate, uses appropriate language, adds a bit of your own writing style, and is interesting and enjoyable to read.
- Organization: your response is organized, clearly flowing from one idea to the next. I do not have to go back and re-read it in order to understand it.
This week in grade 8 science our objective was to calculate average speed. I learned that speed is a measure of how fast an object is moving. To calculate speed you have to know the distance the object traveled and the time it took to get from point A to point B. In class we moved around in in different ways: hopping, walking, running, and walking backwards. We measured the distances and used stop watches to measure our time. We then worked together to calculate our speed using math. The math was simple for me, all we had to do was divide the distance we moved by the time it took us to move. I really enjoyed being able to go outside to complete these activities I hope we have move classes outside.
Responder Post #1:
Sarah, you did a great job explaining how to calculate speed which is distance divided time, but we also learned that you can use the same formula to calculate the distance or the time depending on what information you are provided. This is useful if you for instance have the speed you are moving and the distance you have to travel you can easily calculate how long it would take you to get somewhere. I also liked having the class outside.
I found this really cool video on YouTube called Time, Rate, and Distance (3:54) that is great for anyone needing more help with our objective this week: calculating average speed. It has very cool animations and they work several distance problems. I found this resource to be very engaging and even entertaining. I like how the stopped the video to give you time to actually work the problems before they give the answers. They also provided explanations and showed you different ways to work the problem. I think all students should use this resource. This resource can be found at: https://youtu.be/pX2_JxVRzBM
Responder Post #2:
Johnny thank you for finding this video, and while they do work multiple problems I do not feel that this video is fun or engaging. I actually found it to be quite boring was not able to finish the entire video. I think is very problematic as a video that is supposed to be providing extra help and support should be should at least be enjoyable a little bit. This video was not a good resource for students who like videos that are a little more entertaining. Also I think the second problem was solved incorrectly which is also a problem.