Now that the dust has settled on our first marking period, we have made good progress. Most students have adapted to the new school and the new level of rigor in both the arts and academics.
This is to let you know where things are going now in this class. We are moving rapidly through a series of topics related to physical geography (please see the class calendar at BinghamsPlace.com , matching downloads can be found on the “Boot Camp” page, although each student received a copy in class). This should be simple review for most students, but I need to insure that all students have a common geographic vocabulary for the work that follows. The key to success will be to stay organized and on top of the rapid, read, review, assess cycle we are going through. I am allotting class time to study where possible, some students are taking advantage of that time, and others are squandering the time. What they don’t finish in class is homework.
Please note that included is a quiz on the SQ3R reading method. Please ask your student to explain that process to you. If they can’t, that should be a good indicator of his or her level of engagement.
This culminates with a test on all the material (four packets) next week. Then, we will tackle chapter five of Harm de Blij’s The Power of Place. Please help me remind your student of the work required to master this reading. That test will be open ended response, which requires a high degree of comprehension. Starting now would be a good idea.
As always, let me know if you have any questions.