Remote Learning Information
Okay group. Things are getting crazy... well I guess they are already crazy. I miss you all and I really hope to see you soon. But in the meantime let's do some normal things. Let's get up in the morning and put on real pants. Let's brush our teeth as if someone is going to see us smile today. Let's do some math. You will be going to 8th grade next year and knowing math is going to help. Trust me.
If you have any questions about your grade, email me. If you would like to retake a test, please email me about it. I had retakes ready to go for you to complete at home with adult supervision.
Please remember that the late work and quiz retake cutoff date has passed for these quizzes, but we are trying our best to work with families to raise grades. Students can only retake a quiz one time. Past homework assignments can be accessed through the Math 7 Calendar on each teacher’s website. These would serve as practice prior to retaking a quiz. Homework cannot be turned in to raise a grade (as homework grades are not weighted into overall grades, per the policy all year).
Office hours are from 1:00 - 3:30. Students can call us or chat with us through Teams or email us questions. To chat on Teams through your smartphone, click chat on the bottom of the app. Then click the pencil at the top right corner. Enter in your teacher's last name and click it when you see it. From here you can send pictures of problems or chat with your teacher like a text message. You can also call her/him by clicking the phone in the top right corner. The calls through Teams must be audio only. We cannot communicate through video at all. Students can also access Teams on their computers through the West Ada website.
We will be doing some work on Khan Academy. Here are instructions on how to add me as a teacher.
Go to khanacademy.org/join
Enter your class code and press “Add”.
Class code: 1st period: EM9JQSXU 2nd period: 83544AFY 4th period: Y7U85MM9 6th period:UTBPNP4T 7th period:K87V3VHZ
8th period: G6HW68XG
If you don’t already have an account, press “Create a new account”. Enter your date of birth, then sign up using Google, your school email, or by creating a username.
Enter your grade and course. Now you’re ready to start learning!
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Secondary Education: Mathematics, History and Government Masters in Special Education
Hi my name is Christine Lodal. This is my 9th year teaching after getting my degree at Boise State University. I lived in Fort Collins, Colorado where I earned my master’s degree. My husband was the smartest kid in my junior high math class. Together we have two daughters and three rescue dogs. This is my second year at Sawtooth Middle and I’m very excited.
Homework: Practice, Practice, Practice
Learning is a journey. You did not wake up on your first birthday walking. You practiced and practiced. You failed. A lot. That is how all learning works. You got your adorable baby self back up and tried again. That is what is happening this year. Your homework is your practice. You will have homework almost every night. If you miss a day of school you can find out what the homework is at my website. Go to the calendar to find it
Grading: Its just feedback on your learning Grades are just a way for me, the teacher, to tell you the student where you are on your journey. It's like a map. If you get an A on a test then I’m saying “Hooray you have reached your destination” If you get a C on a test then I’m saying “Alright! You are getting there but you having quite reached your location.” If you get a F on a test then I’m saying “There is a problem. You took a wrong turn somewhere. Me and you need to sit down and get you back on track.” After you get your grade, you can practice and then redo the test. Please, please redo your tests. Your grade comes 100% from your tests and quizzes. When you come to me asking “How can I get my grade up?” I’m going to say “Redo your tests”.
Class Materials: I love my compostion notebook
You will need a math composition notebook. Pencils, lots of pencils. A dry erase marker would also be good. If you could donate tissues and hand sanitizer, I will gladly take it.
Communication: Text, Email, Call...
You can get a message sent about math homework every day! Are you one of my students and you want a text message at four o'clock to remind you about the homework? Sign up. Are you a parent who would like to know if your kids really is done with their homework? Sign up. Do you want to get emails instead of texts? Sign up. You can even send Mrs. Lodal a text message of your quick questions. All without exchanging numbers and recorded through a professional service made for teachers. Send a text to the number 81010, in the message write @lodalhonor or @lodalmath7 If you want to stop getting the texts just reply to the text message with "STOP"
You can also email me at email@example.com or call me at 208-855-4200
How to Access the Textbook at Home
Accessing at Home: visit https://ebooks.cpm.org
Click on “Sign in with Google”
Enter you full @westada.org email address (example—firstname.lastname@example.org)
Password: your school computer password
*If you are experiencing technical difficulties or missing content, please contact the service desk at 350-5300