Category: Class News

These blogs are directly concerning my Science classes. These could be class news, announcements, or news for parents.

Jan 06

Same School Year But New Year Year

Being a career educator in K-12 always makes New Year interesting. New Year is a great time to start over and focus on meeting your goals or making new goals altogether. And yet the week before winter break we started a lab in my Science classes that we are finishing this week. It’s only been …

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Nov 25

Tech Campaign @Indiegogo Style

It may look like our 1:1 middle school Indiegogo Tech Campaign is not doing very well. We’ve only raised $195, not even enough to buy one Chromebook. I’m very grateful to those friends who cared enough about our campaign to donate. It’s very gracious of them. The good news is that this campaign has some …

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Nov 23

Arena Conferences

Last Thursday and Friday we didn’t have school for regular classes so that we could meet with parents and students for conferences. Teachers were available Thursday from 8am to 8pm with a couple of meal breaks and Friday from 8am to 12noon. For me seeing and talking to over 50 of the 67 families I …

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Nov 07

New Flyer for @Indiegogo Campaign

Put together a new flyer for our middle school 1:1 Indiegogo Campaign. Please share, post, reTweet, and handout this poster and word of our campaign! We have about a month to go to raise enough money to get the Asus Chromebook Flip into as many middle school students hands as possible. 2015 CMS Tech Campaign …

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Oct 27

@Indiegogo Campaign

Here’s a flyer my 1st period class helped put together to help get the work out around town: CMS 2015 indiegogo Campaign from Alfonso Gonzalez Here is our Campaign Website and here’s the post I wrote earlier this morning with a copy of our 1:1 Tech Plan.

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Oct 27

Help Our School @indiegogo

Our school, Chimacum Middle School, has had a tech plan for moving to a 1:1 student to device ratio. Originally, we devised the plan to have every student use an iPad. Then we decided iPad Minis would be more cost effective. Very recently we decided to give students Chromebook Flips. The plan is sound and …

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May 11

Why are Chimacum Schools Having a 1 Day Strike?

The short answer was best said by Malala Yousafzai, “Education for EVERY child.” [Emphasis my own.] Friday, May 15, Chimacum School District educators voted unanimously to join many other schools in Washington state in what are being called rolling walkouts. (See this article in a local WA newspaper, the Peninsula Daily News.) Schools all over …

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Mar 02

Half Life as Educator

At the publication of this blog post I turn 48 years of age. What makes this age cool for me is that it marks exactly half my life spent educating youth in grades 4 through 8.  I started teaching 4th and 5th grade in South Central Los Angeles in 1991. I was 24 years old. …

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Dec 27

Holding Students Accountable

As if in response to my Relationships or Taskmaster post, the Smart Classroom Management blog published the following post called Are You Afraid to Hold Students Accountable? It’s definitely worth a read as they make a valid point. According to Smart Classroom Management following your classroom management plan is the best way to hold students …

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Oct 01

Behavior Self-Assessment

After having students make three promises to help us have a safe, happy and fun classroom I made a google form so they could assess how well they’ve kept their promises on a weekly basis. So far many students have taken the assessment two or three times since we drafted the promises. I compared their …

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