New Parents

 

Welcome to our site! This page explains how PowerStudent.org is used. Please begin by bookmarking PowerStudent.org on computers you and your child use at home.

Daily Communication
I communicate the scheduling of homework assignments, quizzes, presentations, class events, and web resources that need review under Homework on a daily basis. While paper agendas continue to be used by the school (and by my class for entries like math test dates for example), since the homework section of the website is updated daily, an agenda inadvertently left at school or an illegible calendar entry no longer means that you are unsure what work your child did on a particular day, or what they have for homework that evening.


So it is very important that your child shows you the Homework tab each day to see what work needs to be done at home and when it is due.


I believe that parent-teacher communication is vital for student success: feel free to talk to me throughout the school year.

Math Resources – besides the Math Makes Sense textbook, two additional resources are used: (1) websites; (2) Notebook files made for SMARTboards:

(1) Websites
All web-based math resources that we use throughout the year are organized by strand under Math on the home page. Websites relating to the specific unit we are working on can be found within the Homework tab. This direct link allows your child to access a tailored set of resources that closely mirrors the concepts we explore in class. There are no advertisements, all are free, none require signing in or the sharing of personal information. These sites, intended to re-enforce key concepts students learn in a visual way, can be reviewed for 15 minutes or so a few times a week.

(2) Notebook files made for SMARTboards
In addition to the above math websites organized by strand and unit, I also post the¬† Notebook files in PDF that I have created for use during class. Your child can download this file at home to review challenging concepts or to reach ahead. I post the current file, and announce when it is ready for download in the Homework tab, usually at the start of a new math unit. And since my files contain questions from the math textbook that are assigned for homework, students don’t even have to bring the math text home if they wish. Everything—-helpful problem-solving tips, worksheets, Ministry expectations, questions from the text—I have embedded it all.

English Resources
While written English assignments are completed in class, my English SMARTboard files—including anchor charts and exemplars—are accessible for student reference in three locations. They are: (1) available in PDF for download while we work on the assignment; (2) printed in your child’s English duotang for easy reference; and (3) displayed on the SMARTboard while students are engaged in writing.


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