Today’s Contributor: Travis Horne
Travis is a Social Studies teacher at CIC at Bedichek Middle School.
ACTION REQUIRED! The posting of our 1st 6 Weeks grades is upon us! Posting grades no later than 2:00pm on Monday, October 1st!
It is a message that most teachers can immediately recognize. Grades are due! To our students, this also can be a concerning time. In Middle School, our students are not nearly as on top of their grades as their parents (or teachers) would prefer. I am deluged at the last minute with multiple requests to complete assignments, retake quizzes, turn in projects, or come for last-minute tutorials before the end of the grading period. BLEND has turned this normally frantic, sometimes chaotic time period into one of organization.
This year, I have incorporated BLEND into every lesson that I teach. Each of my lessons is contained in a BLEND module, has a class day number, as well as the date that lesson was taught. When students need support, be that at home while checking their grades, or at school during Advisory or tutorials, students look to BLEND as the tool that contains the teaching done for that lesson. For myself, not only does this make the process of teaching more streamlined, but I now have a permanent digital blueprint to follow and tweak for lessons into next year. Organization and myself have not always been on friendly terms, but BLEND makes it a snap.
Additionally, I have included a BLEND module for retakes, retests, and tutorials for study at the top of my BLEND page. This is a central location where the students know they can find material to make up a grade they received on a quiz. When students or parents e-mail me and ask me what their student can do to increase their grade in my course, it’s a snap. Students can examine their grades, which are listed by the state standards, and the student can find the assignment to match the standard they need to increase. If they need more support that what is available online, I direct the student to come in to discuss the specific task with me. Absent students have an easy way to make up missed material, and students who need assistance can get it easily 24/7. Tutorials, simplified!