• Week 4 Repeat

    Posted by Joseph Pettiford on 4/19/2020

    So, we're starting to get the hang of remote learning. Please be patient as this takes some time.  I did not realize that some of you could not see assignments if there were no due dates.  Not that there are posted due dates, everyone should be on the same page.  So, let's repeat Week 4 Challenges.  If you have completed Week 4 Challenges, this is an off week for you.  If you haven't, then this is the time to do so.  Remember, you and any previous week challenges at any time.  

    Meeting times

    Wk5 Schedule

    Week Four Challenges

    Due to previous length, I will only post new challenges this week.  Students can go back and do a previous challenge each week if they would like. All possible challenges will be posted in Google Classroom.

    Due to county expectations, you will need to complete 1-reflection question and 1-challenge from each section per week. See your choices below.  

    Reflection Question: Student will complete 1 reflection question a week.  The question is posted in Google Classroom.  

     

    This week's question: What did you do to maintain or improve your mental/emotional health? 

     

    Section 1. Mental/Emotional Resources (Take a picture of your choice and write a short description about it, place in Google Draw)

    • Put together a Puzzle:  Put together a puzzle. Take a picture of the stages of completion. You must be in the picture.
    • Draw/Paint something: Find a picture of your favorite cartoon character(s) or animal and draw a picture of that thing. For more advanced skills draw a picture of a setting or celebrity.  Take a picture of your work in progress (at least 3 pictures) with yourself in the picture.
    • Find a task to learn: Record or document your progress with a particular task.  Examples: solving a rubrix cube, learning soduko, juggling objects in different patterns, songs on an instrument, creating a song, learning caligraphy, learning origami, or just ask me how you could do something.

    Section 2. Physical Resources (create a short video of you completing these challenges)

    • My Weekly Trek: A trek is a journey made by foot.  Choose between biking, riding or running you way to a distance challenge of your choice.  You will document your challenge using a Google Draw in Google Classroom.  See this example.
    • WCPSS Physical Activity Challenge Videos: Click on this link to view physical activities that require very little home equipment.  Follow the directions listed in the document. WCPSS Middle School Activity Videos   At the bottom of the page there is a linke to report completing the activity.  Please follow directions from that link.

    Section 3. Social Resources  (capture an image of these task and place in a photo collage or short video)

    • Questions Game: Rules of the game is that you can only answer a question with a question.  This activity is an improv skill that focuses on listening, waiting your turn, and giving appropriate feedback quickly.  If it takes more than 5-seconds to comeback with a question you lose the point. Place several topics on a note card, place into a bowl pull a topic.  Agree upon a number of points you want to play to and get started. (Short video example) 
      • Example Topics: Walking into a reality show at Bestbuy, Daytime soap opera, Godzilla, Closing time at Walmart or Target, International Flight 

     

    WCPSS Resources can be found here: https://sites.google.com/wcpss.net/instructional-continuity-wcpss/learning-resources/middle-school  (You must be logged-in to Learning Central to access this site.)

     

    Signing Out

    After eight-years, my time at WYMLA comes to an end this week.  I have enjoyed everyday at the Men's Academy and couldn't think of a better place to teach and learn from students and their families. You all have shared your hearts with me, and I hope you feel I have done the same.  I'm definitely going to miss all of you.  During this time, you will still be expected to turn in completed assignments each week.  If you need anything from me, I can still be reached at jpettiford@wcpss.net.  

     

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  • Mid-week Check-in

    Posted by Joseph Pettiford on 4/16/2020

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  • Week Four Challenges (April 12th- April 16th)

    Posted by Joseph Pettiford on 4/11/2020

     

    (If you have a problem playing this video, be patient and then download when prompted. I've heard there have been issues on mobile devices.)

    I hope the week three challenges helped you make your week interested.  There are several details I need you to read through before viewing week four challenges.  

    Details

    • PARENT FAQ's:
      • Why is there so much content posted?
        • The content listed here is for parents. Parents and guardians may not have access to Google Classroom and having an overview on this site allows for access to the material.  Going forward, I will only post new content each week.  It is okay to complete a challenge from a previous week.  
      • Where are the due dates?
        • Due dates are listed within Google Classroom.  In general, any assignment chosen is due by the next class meeting. 
      • What does my student need to complete?
        • Students will complete one reflection question and choose one task from each section to complete. Assignments will be submitted on Google Classroom.  
      • What is the purpose of the chosen assignments and how does it related to your curriculum?
        • Due to our current situation, we are focusing on tasks that increase wellness. Wellness is finding a balance between our mental, emotional, social and physical health. Every student is given the choice on which activities they want to complete.  I encourage parents to do anything on the list with their student.  Not only will it help your student, but it may be chance for you to bond and create great memories during this difficult time.
    • When communicating with teachers, please only use your school email address.  This is an WCPSS expectation of digital citizenship.  Please honor that expectation. (I will not respond to questions or emails not addressed via student emails or confirmed parent addresses.)
    • Meetings: I enjoyed seeing you guys last week in our Google Meets. Meetings are to review posted material and help give guidance for completion. During the meeting you will need to text your questions in and I will answer them as we go. 
      • Non-mandatory meetings for the week will be based on the schedule below: (apology for fuzziness)Wk4WYMLASchedule
    • Digtial Tech to become familiar with:
      • Flipgrid
      • Wevideo or MoviePro: Will be used to edit your video artifacts/evidence of a healthy lifestyle practices
      • Screencastify
      • Google Suite (Docs, Draw, Sheets, Forms, Slides, and Calendar)

    Week Four Challenges

    Due to previous length, I will only post new challenges this week.  Students can go back and do a previous challenge each week if they would like. All possible challenges will be posted in Google Classroom.

    Due to county expectations, you will need to complete 1-reflection question and 1-challenge from each section per week. See your choices below.  

    Reflection Question: Student will complete 1 reflection question a week.  The question is posted in Google Classroom.  

     

    This week's question: What did you do to maintain or improve your mental/emotional health? 

     

    Section 1. Mental/Emotional Resources (Take a picture of your choice and write a short description about it, place in Google Draw)

    • Put together a Puzzle:  Put together a puzzle. Take a picture of the stages of completion. You must be in the picture.
    • Draw/Paint something: Find a picture of your favorite cartoon character(s) or animal and draw a picture of that thing. For more advanced skills draw a picture of a setting or celebrity.  Take a picture of your work in progress (at least 3 pictures) with yourself in the picture.
    • Find a task to learn: Record or document your progress with a particular task.  Examples: solving a rubrix cube, learning soduko, juggling objects in different patterns, songs on an instrument, creating a song, learning caligraphy, learning origami, or just ask me how you could do something.

    Section 2. Physical Resources (create a short video of you completing these challenges)

    • My Weekly Trek: A trek is a journey made by foot.  Choose between biking, riding or running you way to a distance challenge of your choice.  You will document your challenge using a Google Draw in Google Classroom.  See this example.
    • WCPSS Physical Activity Challenge Videos: Click on this link to view physical activities that require very little home equipment.  Follow the directions listed in the document. WCPSS Middle School Activity Videos   At the bottom of the page there is a linke to report completing the activity.  Please follow directions from that link.

    Section 3. Social Resources  (capture an image of these task and place in a photo collage or short video)

    • Questions Game: Rules of the game is that you can only answer a question with a question.  This activity is an improv skill that focuses on listening, waiting your turn, and giving appropriate feedback quickly.  If it takes more than 5-seconds to comeback with a question you lose the point. Place several topics on a note card, place into a bowl pull a topic.  Agree upon a number of points you want to play to and get started. (Short video example) 
      • Example Topics: Walking into a reality show at Bestbuy, Daytime soap opera, Godzilla, Closing time at Walmart or Target, International Flight 

     

    WCPSS Resources can be found here: https://sites.google.com/wcpss.net/instructional-continuity-wcpss/learning-resources/middle-school  (You must be logged-in to Learning Central to access this site.)

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  • Mid-week Check-in

    Posted by Joseph Pettiford on 4/7/2020

    Many of you may be overwhelmed at the moment.  I recommend that you look at how these resource challenges below can help you manage your anxiety and workload as we continue remote learning.  Have you heard of the quote "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."?  Well, look it up. What do the attributed originators of that quote have in common?  This would be a time to follow their wisdom and make a plan.  For you all, a plan can be a schedule.  Make a schedule for your day and then use that as an artifact/evidence for mental/emotional health.  Keep it simple!

     

     

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  • Week Three Challenge (April 6th-April 9th)

    Posted by Joseph Pettiford on 4/4/2020

    I hope the week two challenges helped you make your week interested.  There are several details I need you to read through before viewing week three challenges.  

    Details

    • When communicating with teachers, please only use your school email address.  This is a WCPSS expectation of digital citizenship.  Please honor that expectation. (I will not respond to questions or emails not addressed via student emails or confirmed parent addresses.)
    • Meetings: I enjoyed seeing you guys last week in our Google Meets. All assignments going forward are with the purpose of feedback and continued learning.  I will use all digital meeting time to give feedback and guidance regarding what should be happening during a week. During the meeting you will need to text your questions in and I will answer them as we go. 
      • Non-mandatory meetings next week will be based on the schedule below: (apology for fuzziness) Wk 3 Scehdule  
        • AM WORKOUT TIME: GO DO SOMETHING THAT IMPROVES YOUR MENTAL/EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL OR SOCIAL HEALTH!!!!
    • Digtial Tech to become familiar with:
      • Flipgrid
      • Wevideo or MoviePro: Will be used to edit your video artifacts/evidence of a healthy lifestyle practices
      • Screencastify
      • Google Suite (Docs, Draw, Sheets, Forms, Slides, and Calendar)

    Week Three Challenges

    Due to county expectations, you will need to complete 1 challenge from each section per week. See your choices below.  

    Reflection Question: What activities did you accomplish to improve or maintain your physical health last week?   (AnswerGarden)

     

    Mental/Emotional Resources (Take a picture of your choice and write a short description about it, place in Google Draw)

    • Make a schedule: Increase your personal leadership skills by creating a schedule and sticking with it!!! Allow some flexibility. Some scheduling guidelines:  
      • wake-up time, quiet/self-time 2x per day, reflection time, fitness time 2x per day, nap time, mental challenge time 2x per day, food planning, social time 2x per day, chill time 2 x per day, bed time
    • Read a book or several: Books may be boring, so choose interesting books!!!!  If you have a Wake County Public Library card you can use Libby to check out digital audio or digital print copies of books.  
    • FLIPGRID Challenge:  Respond to one question from each sphere in the image below.  

    Physical Resources (create a short video of you completing these challenges)

    • Fitness Calendar: Create a workout routine using the Google files shared with you in Classroom back in the second quarter.  Remember, having a goal or purpose to your workout will help you stay focused on accomplishing it each day.  Below you will find some resources for home workouts:
    • Deck Challenge: Get a deck of cards and make fitness challenges for each color or suit of cards.  The number on the card represent the number of repetitions to complete. (Use the link above to change-up muscle groups and exercises) See example here.
    • Limited indoor or outdoor space: If you can't get outside, there are still other fitness options.  Create a yoga routine(link to apps, choose free apps) or use a video to guide your through the movements.  You can also choose to do things like deep clean your house, organize or rearrange a room (get parent permission first).
    • Using Fitness Wearables: If you have a smartwatch, smartband, or other fitness wearable start exploring how to use it.  In the coming weeks I will be sharing how we will monitor your fitness going forward.  If you do not have a fitness wearable, that is okay.  You will still have opportunites to participate in the challenges through manually recording your heartrate or a health-log/journal. Identify which level you consistently reach. 
      • You will need to choose the appropriate fitness challenge for you: 
        • American Heart Association level:150-minutes of physical activty a week (30-minutes/day at least 5-day/week or 21-mins/day a week)
        • Shape America for MS/HS students level: 225-minutes of physical activity a week (45-minutes/day at least 5 days/week or 32-minutes/day a week)
        • President's Council on Sports,Fitness,and Nutrition level: 300-minutes of physical activity week (60-minutes/day at least 5 days/week or 43-minutes/day a week)

    Social Resources  (capture an image of these task and place in a photo collage)

    • Facetime or Duo Friends: Check your app, but often you can video chat with up to eight or more people.  Here is an example that combines Mental/Emotional, Social and Physical.
    • Create a PodCast: Create a video or audio podcast about a topic that interests you! Ask a friend to join. Remember to do your research first and then start your show.  There are probably a lot of resources (adults) at home to help you.  Here is the link we used earlier this year as a guideline for podcasts.  More to come on this!!!
    • Encourage an immediate neighbor check in:  Choose to eat one meal daily in a place where you and your neighbors can talk, but not break social distancing standards.  Choose a courtyard, tennis courts, front or back yard, balcony or driveway.  Choose anywhere that allows you to freely talk but keep at least 6 feet away from people (use caution)
    • Create a photo collage: That's right go through your photo roll and choose at least 5 pictures to create a collage. No explanation needed.  Not sure what a collage is, view this. Must be school appropriate images. Can be done in Google Draw, using a phone app or an analog picture of your creation.  Choose a theme below:
      • Getting Older
      • Building Friends
      • Family Together
      • Best Times
      • My Hobby
      • Places I've been or Want to Go

     

    WCPSS Resources can be found here: https://sites.google.com/wcpss.net/instructional-continuity-wcpss/learning-resources/middle-school  (You must be logged-in to Learning Central to access this site.)

     
     
     
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