Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Click on rmhs-projects.wikispaces.com to catch the latest teaching resources about science. Yes I used Apture here also so that you can see some of the visual and reference connections.
There is also a list of 25 - count them - 25 projects that can be applied to any subject area.
Click on the school website: Ralph R. McKee High School. Once you get there go to the tab on left that says Staff and scroll down to Teaching Resources and see the enhanced, updated list of subject specific resources.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Ah, you ask, what is Jing? For a detailed answer, just click on the word Jing. Did you click on it? You should. I'll wait. Here's the word again, Jing.
See how easy it is to have your students show others what they know about a particular subject. It is so cool.
So you know what is going to happen next. The students will be teaching all of us how to do a Jing. More importantly, it is a great, interactive, technology driven, strategy in which students are responsible for showing what they know.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Ashlee A. Barrios
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
"Thanks for the heads up on ARIS finally getting off the ground. Its quite a bit different than what it was supposed to be, but it IS very intuitive/easy to use and almost.... FUN! (eek!) I'm actually going to . . . explore students being able to use my ARIS blog for resources and communication. The way these pages mesh so seamlessly with the NYCDOE database, Wiki and other web entities suggests that this portal will become quite useful and an efficient resource for years to come."
What is ARIS? It stands for Achievement Reporting and Innovation System and now it has been revised as a tool that is actually relevant for increasing student success.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
October 23 - October 23 -Parent/Teacher Conference 6:00pm - 8:30pm (Report Card Distribution)
October 24 - Parent Techer Confeence 12:30pm - 2:30pm (Report Card Distribution)
November 2 - Homecoming Game @ TECH MSIT v. Petrides - 12:00
November 4 - Election Day (Students not in attendance)
November 5 - Registration Deadline for December 6, 2008 SAT ($45.00)
November 6 - Seniors: Ring sizing -- during lunch periods
November 11 - Schools Closed - Veterans Day
November 12, 13, 14 - Individual Senior Pictures
November 18 - Blood Drive - 9:00am - 1:30pm
November 23 - PTA - 6:00pm
November 26 - End of 2nd Marking Period -- Cake Sale
November 27 - 28 Thanksgiving Recess (school closed)
Friday, October 10, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
There is a link between student behavior and student learning. The most important person in making sure there is order and cohesive teaching and learning is the teacher. Starting the year out, creating the conditions needed for teaching and learning relies on thinking through the expectations, understanding the levers that will help establish order and capitalizing on the energy of the students as they arrive at the classroom door.
Click on title as we journey through the year in reflecting and continually improving on the learning environment.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Students and advisors should visit the website: http://www.nhs.us. The society also encourages advisers and students to attend conferences. For further information visit: http://www.nhs.us/conferences.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
MAKE NEW MISTAKES: A WRITING WORKSHOP FOR TEENS
THURSDAYS 4:30-6PM: 5 SESSIONS BEGIN OCTOBER 23rd
This workshop will be an exploration of the art of making new mistakes through reading, seeing, hearing, rapping, and most of all writing. Along the way, in the workshop one will encounter the Ecstatic Truth of Werner Herzog, How to Be Perfect by Ron Padgett, the chromo-poems of CA Conrad, Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons, dispatches from the Spasmodic School, the MCs of Avant-Rap, and much else. Best of all, in the workshop there will be an opportunity to make many new mistakes together, through in-class collaborations, critiques, and performances.
Young writers of any style, persuasion, interest, ability, and borough are all equally welcome. Let's start writing poems that are alive.
The presenter is Chris Martin, the author of American Music and has taught young New Yorkers for the past six years. Open to high school teens. FREE.
The Poetry Project is located at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street at Second Avenue
New York City 10003
Trains: 6, F, N, R, and L.
My reaction upon looking at the video is best summarized by Albert Schweitzer: Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now – always.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Not quite sure how to pull off a mini-lesson? Don't know what TWPS means or how to do an Interactive Read Aloud.
Our Ms. Kelly, in room 103A - the UFT Teacher Center, gets right down to the real nitty-gritty with step by step instructions.
Click right here:
1. Building an Effective Mini-Lesson
3. Interactive Read Aloud
To help make every child proficient and prepared for success, here are a few tips to guide students toward demonstrating appropriate behavior:
1. Only call on students who quietly raise their hands and state what the pupil is doing: "Jay has his hand up and is not talking. I'll call on him."
2. Take corrective action if students continue to shout out answers by restating the directions, "The directions were to raise your hands and wait to be called upon before speaking - that's a warning."
3. Stand next to students who are having trouble participating appropriately during a discussion.
4. Have potentially disruptive students model how to behave.
5. Have students Think (for 1 to 2 minutes) - Pair - and - Share it when they all want to speak.
For more information about these techniques click right here -- Ms. Henry's wikispaces.
The tips are courtesy of Lee Canters Classroom Management for Academic Success
Sunday, September 7, 2008
McKee High School now has a Chess Club. All students and faculty are welcome to join. Meetings are on Mondays and Thursdays in room 202 Period 9. Join any time. For more information and instructions to join, click on the title or right here -- the McKee Chess Club Blog.
The Blog is updated Periodically by Michael Lippa, so check back often for new posts about upcoming events and competitions.
I enjoy popping into different classes. I had a delightful time in a math class on Friday, September 6, 2008.
The big revelation: always have many examples of the concept you want students to learn. It works. Make sure that each student is able to understand the mathematical rule. The one example given in textbooks is never enough. The more examples the merrier so that students understand the strategy they have to use for a particular rule - that's the sweet spot.
IDEAS TO WRAP IT UP
• Have 1 pre-chosen student state the lesson’s objective/aim/swbat
• Have 1 randomly selected student state how you reached the objective
• Have 1 randomly selected student share new information.
• Have 1 pre-chosen student write new vocabulary on the word wall
• Have students predict what they will learn next
• Have students write relevant questions, they didn’t ask in class on a post-it and place it in the “Parking Lot” or designated bulletin board. Let the class take turns answering the "Parking Lot."
For more ideas about ways to have summary activities for a class, click on the title or right here --Ms Henry1 Wikispaces.
Are you checking the McKee Money blog to find out all the latest information about SAT registration, essay contests, sweepstakes, and applications?
Roll your cursor over to the McKee Money blog right now.
McKee High School has a fantastic live auto shop from 8 to 9:25 a.m. each morning. Mr. Van Wilson runs a tight shop. As long as you bring the supplies, the seniors will do oil changes and a bunch of other auto stuff that is more complicated and difficult for me to remember. My car has never been so well cared for as when it is in the hands of the seniors.
A good time was had by all at the opening Welcome Back Breakfast that occurred on Saturday, September 6, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Want to know what happened? Here it goes. . .
Ms. Jeanne Johnson, the District Representative for Title 1 in Staten Island and our beloved PTA president, went over key points about how Title 1 funds are to be used to help parents enhance the educational experience for the students. The parents voted to have the general membership of the PTa address me about key issues. Other issues covered were the distribution of the Title 1 Parent Involvement Policy, the Parent Compact and how it is a key part of the school's comprehensive Education Plan.
"Roll call of the members of the executive board of the PTA are:
Jeanne Johnson - President
Kath Sanders - Vice President
Gloria Ruggeri - Treasurer
Fran Schiavone - Secretary
Ms. Mullen provided an overview of Ralph McKee High School's progressive discipline, and policy about electronic devices. Mr. Guarnieri talked about the band program. Ms. Ippolito indicated the availability of guidance counselors.
Mr. Van Wilson, representing the faculty, gave a rousing speech about the benefits of attending a school that offers both academic and vocational training. He threw out a challenge to the parents to make sure that there "tax dollars are at work," and to "hold our feet to the fire" regarding the education of their children.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
September 9: Registration Deadline for October 4, 2008 SAT
(Register on www.collegeboard.com/$45.00)
September 19: Registration Deadline for October 25, 2008 ACT Examination
(Register on www.collegeboard.com/$31.00)
September 26: Registration Deadline for November 1, 2008 SAT
(Register on www.collegeboard.com/$45,00)
Sept. 30/Oct. 1: Rosh Hashanah (School Closed)
October 9: Yom Kippur (School Closed)
October 13: Columbus Day (School Closed)
October 16: Principal for a Day: Thomas Thatcher
October 15: PSAT Examination for 10th and 11th grades students
(Students Report to their Period 2 class at 8:00 AM/Regular Day)
October 21: McKee Open House—6:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
October 23: Parent/Teacher Conference—6:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
* Report Card Distribution to Parent/Guardian
October 24: Parent/Teacher Conference—12:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
* Report Card Distribution to Parent/Guardian
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Calling all students. If you need a jumpstart on your community service credit, Councilman McMahon has a campaign office at 31 Water St. It is open from 9am-9pm. Volunteering on a political campaign is a great detail to add on college applications. Just click on the title to find out further details.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
2. A good rubric helps teachers to be accurate, detailed, unbiased and consistent.
3. A good rubric tells students how to evaluate their own work. 4. A good rubric communicates goals and results to students, parents, you, and others.
Click on Teachnology.net.
It is a user-friendly site that provides step-by-step directions for generating rubrics for a wide variety of situations.
How do you grade student work using rubrics?
Use the language provided in the descriptors that represents the quality of work the student turned in. Want to know more? The door is open. Stop by Room 111.
1. Is the teacher standing by the door greeting pupils as they enter the classroom?
2. Is there an Aim / Agenda, Do Now? What is the procedure to collect classwork and homework?
3. Is there a motivation of 5 minutes in the form of a visual, audio, pop culture tie in connection to the lesson or reflection (such as a journal entry)?
4. What part of the motivation will enrich the knowledge of the students after they present their responses?
5. Is there a mini lesson in which the skill to be learned is modeled, and the content is discussed?
6. Does the teacher appropriately use one of the sites to help students make important connections to the lesson content?
7. Is there distribution and explanation of the rubric?
8. Is there an explanation of the group work, or differentiated instruction with designated group roles or steps pre-posted on chart paper, PowerPoint, or handout?
9. Is the teacher walking from group to group (with a seating chart) monitoring the progress of the students by taking anecdotal notes as to who is on task, who is advancing, and who is struggling?
10. Are the students either doing a gallery walk of posted group work, or share out core understandings that build toward answering the aim?
11. Is the final summary provided by the students? Are the pupils able to either repeat, or elaborate on the answer to the aim?
12. Is the homework assignment highly structure; scaffolding the learning from the day's lesson?
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
In my first few years of teaching I used to wonder: what is the big deal about having a set of procedures for routine classroom tasks such as dealing with lunch cards, metro cards, taking attendance, motivational work and collecting homework? I used to think, I can handle these tasks as they come. You know what happened next. One day I was blindsided. It seemed as if every announcement and bit of paperwork hit every period on the same day and I realized that I needed to have established procedures. Why?
1. Procedures greatly reduce the amount of time that is robbed from the lesson
2. Procedures give students the responsibility.
3. Procedures set an immediate purpose because it puts the students in charge of important classroom routines
4. Procedures save time, particularly when the routines are posted
5. Procedures organize the classroom
6. Procedures greatly reduce the number of lost, messed up or mixed up papers.
It is worth it to get the file organizers that allow you have to place labels on the front. I used to put the period and subject of the class. It was an incredible time saver. When I had to travel between two classrooms, I would get the rolling file cabinet that only included the work of the classes in that second room. I would negotiate with the teacher of the second room a space that I could use and I would place my inbox/classwork and outbox/homework and exit passes.
Here is a great list of established procedures:
1. Entering the classroom in a respectful manner. Yes it really is important to stand in the hallway or near the door. It helps set the tone. A student enters noisily, quietly address the student, and have them re-enter. You are teaching them the power of "first impressions."
2. Placing homework in the in box. I had a box for each group or subject so the work was sorted. The homework had to be in the box within the first 5 minutes of class. I made sure that each class practiced this routine during the first week of class until it went smoothly.
3. Using the restroom. Stick with the school rules. No one takes the pass during the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes of the class. Do not putt the pass out during those time periods.
4. Recording the homework into the Class Homework reminder book. When you have a blog, have the student leader type the homework onto the blog site.
5. Set the timer countdown to complete the opening motivational question or problem.
6. Have monitors pass out handouts and materials.
7. Either have the first person in the row or leader in the group of tables be responsible for returning the materials.
Reinforce the classroom routines and rules. I found it was vital for me to be disciplined by being consistent. The more I stuck to the rules, the more the students realized it was important. I did not have to say I believe in organization and discipline. The students saw me live it, breathe it, refer to it, walk it, and do it.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Only three more weeks before the start of the fall term. Click on the title in order to see the 2007-2008 Learning Environment survey for McKee High School and find out how you felt about the school.
What are some points that stand out for you about from the 2007-2008 Learning Environment Survey?
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
- RMHS wishes to thank the 2007-2008 sponsors for their support of education and networking opportunities. Sincere thanks and hearty applause to:
- Con Edison
- New York Container Terminal
- Northfield Savings Bank
- Richmond County Savings Foundation
- S.I. Bank & Trust Foundation
- The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Stickball Printmedia Arts, is a nonprofit arts education organization specializing in printmaking and digital arts. The organization is offering:
- Two free portfolio development classes
- August 4 - 8 & August 11 - 15 ---10:00 am - 3:00 pm per session
- 433 East 100th St., NY, NY (101st and 1st Avenue)
- Trips to museums, galleries and printshops
- Focus of workshop - work with high school students on developing portfolios for college entrance
- Students must have been in grades 9 - 11 during the 2007-2008 school year
- For application and more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
English - Monday, May 5, 2008
Math A - Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Math B - Wednesday May 7, 2008
Earth Science -Thursday, May 8, 2008
Living Enviroment - Friday, May 9, 2008
Chemistry - Monday, May 12, 2008
Physics - Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Global History - Wednesday, May 14, 2008
U.S. History - Thursday, May 15, 2008
Spanish - Friday, May 16, 2008
French - Monday, May 19, 2008
German - Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Italian - Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The following students will participate in the Discovery Institute Academic Olympics at the College of Staten Island on Saturday, April 12 2008:
- Gemacy Moody - Biology
- Richard Romer - Integrated Algebra
- Patryk Kleba - Math B
- Hilda Adeniji - Pre-Calculus
- Aleichia Knowles - Global 1st year
- Brian Young - Global 2nd year
- Lowell Ulmer - American Studies
- Nuwan Panditaratne- A.P. American Studies
- Parrish Owens - English/9-10th Grade
- Bashimel Maddox - English/11-12th Grade
- Janice Rivera - A.P. English
- James Chagnon - Literature