The Cooper School Daily

Self-Assessment

“A good mentor hopes you will move on. A great mentor knows you will.”
-Ted Lasso

We started self-assessments this week. To be honest, processing meaningful reflection is not just the responsibility of the students, but a lot of the responsibility load is on us, the teachers. It’s only natural to self-assess myself this month, since we are focusing and reflecting on how we have grown and how much we have learned up to this point this school year. As Riley, Ev and I guide your students through their reflection process, we will try our best to make it a process of growth, deep-thought, improvement, and celebration. Mentors in my life who have guided my growth without judgment are the people who have made me a better version of myself. I hope to pass on that opportunity to your kids. When they DO move on, I hope that I never think of them as a stranger.

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science:
Seventh Graders have been monitoring their ecosystems and moving onto another project! After a lesson on invasive species, we talked about researching invasive species. They have selected an invasive species found in our state or southeastern state that is considered a “State Specific Threat” and will create a multimedia educational outreach product (video, poster, Ted Ed, Google Slide presentation, etc.) that will increase public awareness about the species they selected. We will have a Student Research Symposium and they will present their products to the rest of the middle school. They will either share this project or their ecosystem in a jar with you during self-assessment.

What’s up in Math?
This week, Seventh Graders took their final assessment on Solving Equations and Inequalities. On their assessment, they compared the amount of lunch money in students’ accounts and even helped a student stay within budget while planning a dance. They are able to apply their knowledge of solving equations to real life situations and solve real life problems! Next unit, we will move into solving linear equations, creating tables and graphs that represent linear functions. This linear function unit will prepare them for Algebra 1 which they will begin next year!

What’s happening in ELA:
The Seventh Graders have been very busy this week. They have decided to do their research-based essay on the “pros and cons of parenting classes for potential/new parents.” This new project will permit them to continue honing their writing and grammar skills, working on in-text citations, and developing a reference page. This is not an individual project, but a group project in which they are learning to argue with a measure of diplomacy and sophistication. The culminating activity for this writing unit is an actual debate. I am so excited to see the final outcome!

Important Dates:
February 21-22- February Break
February 23- Middle School Student Social (3pm-4pm)