GOC Service Opportunities

Virtual Week is coming to a close and GOC students and teachers have excelled as usual!

fall_owl_gocWe’re excited about two service opportunities on campus during October.

Shoes for the Souls (Oct. 3-6) – please bring in new or gently used shoes that will be donated to the Atlanta Mission. The advisement facilitators and I have taught a lesson on overcoming adversity, featuring our very own McClain Hermes, in the 4th-8th grade classes. Shoes for the Souls is a charity that McClain started.

Gwinnett Great Days of Service  (Oct. 17-20) – please donate any non-perishable food items and toiletries for our local food banks.

Students, parents, and faculty will see the GOC service wagon in the main lobby. Please bring in your items to help those in need.

Happy Fall!

 

Email Etiquette

We’re constantly teaching 21st Century Skills at GOC. Our teachers encourage skill enhancement in their courses and we include them in our counseling and advisement lessons.

This week our advisement lesson on email etiquette specifically incorporated problem-solving, technology literacy, and communicating. You can see the lesson here. Email Etiquette

email_md_whtOur advisement facilitators emphasized specific tips when communicating with teachers via email with our 5th-8th students.

  1. Always use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  2. Make sure you use a friendly, mature tone.
  3. A teacher may take up to 24 hours (longer if sent on Friday afternoon) to answer your email. Be patient and work in another course while you wait for a response.
  4. Be sure to include:
    • a greeting
    • a specific reason for your email. (Ex. A specific question)
    • your name and group

Happy emailing!email_md_blk

Dr. Edwards

Being the New (or not so new) Kid

We’re so lucky to have lots of new students join us this year at GOC! Here are a few tips to help you manage the new-kid status.

1. Be nice to everyone. You never know who might become your new BFF, so always be a little kinder than you have to be.giving_a_may_day_basket_md_wht

2. Don’t be afraid to try new things! Sit in a different seat in Learning Labs and get to know new kids. Also, come to the Rich Experiences! (Our next Rich Experience is October 7. You can see all of them here.)owl_flying_slow_md_wht

 

 

3. Do things that lead to success like:

  • asking for help when you need it,
  • reading and following ALL the directions and content in your lessons, and
  • never skipping a lesson.

4. Be confident in yourself. Recognize that you’re already learned A LOT of new woman_surfing_computer_mouse_md_whtthings. Just think about the new tech skills you’ve acquired! You’ve come a long way, baby!

5. It’s okay to miss your old friends. Stay in touch with them and plan a time to get together.

6. Be optimistic and expect good things to happen. Expect to do well academically and socially at GOC! Positive thinking leads to positive action.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to shaking off the new-kid feeling and feel right at home school!

If you have a tip you’d like to share, please leave it in the Comments box!

Tips for Success

Happy Friday!

Last week Mrs. Danley, Mr. Lollis, Mr. Springthorpe, and I shared the GOC tips for success with students in 4th-8th grades.

We don’t mind getting silly to make a point. You can view the video here.

The major teaching points were:

  • Spend about an hour in each lesson. Complete one course before moving on to another.
  • Read lessons even when there’s no dropbox assigned. NEVER skip a lesson.
  • Start your morning with your most difficult course.
  • Save the Sunday at midnight due date for exceptions (illness, out of town, etc.) The best approach is to always work ahead.
  • Limit distractions by organizing your work area and putting away video games and anything else that might eat up your time.
  • Do reach out for help when you need it. Remember, your teachers and I are only an email or call away!camera_flip_phone_linked_laptop_sm_wht

Have a great long weekend!

Dr. Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Get Organized

Whether you’re a returning student or a new one you’ll need to find the best tools to stay organized. Let’s discuss two helpful tools.

The Daily Checklist

Students can use this tool each day to stay on track and avoid skipping around. This tool will direct students to complete each lesson and task assigned for the day in that subject before moving on.

Students should start with their hardest subject either first or second in the morning. It’s important to work all the way through each course before moving on to another. Take notes as necessary in each course. Remember that each lesson should take about an hour to complete; that means you are reading EVERY WORD, watching video clips, following links, and taking notes to learn the material being presented. Take a short 15-20 minute break after completing two courses.

The Week at a Glance

To use this tool properly, you’ll need to sit down Sunday evening or Monday morning and look in each of your 6 courses for the entire week. Open up a course, then click on Content, then Course Schedule, then click on the Full Schedule tab.

Now you can see the schedule for each day. It may be that you only need to read the lesson. Often, there is also an assignment (Dropbox, Student Workroom, etc.) required.

Use the key below to indicate what’s due each day.

LL – Learning Lab

DB – dropbox assignment due

SW – student workroom assignment due

T – test

Q – quiz

If a box is empty that means you still have a lesson to read, but nothing to turn in that particular day. Never skip a lesson!

Your Week at a Glance might look like this:

Week at a galnce sample

Parents and students can view this short video where I discuss these toolshttp://www.kaltura.com/tiny/ie327

If you’d like your own laminated copy of each tool, please contact me and I’ll send them home with your student.

Bonus! Here’s one more tool to help your child stay organized.

Mrs. Hill designed a Virtual Schedule Template that can be used to help create your personalized schedule to know when your virtual sessions, interactive learning labs, and teachers’ office hours take place. You can print the schedule and keep it close to your computer so you will always have the details at your fingertips.

For each of your virtual sessions, please make sure you have a working headset, microphone, and webcam.

virtual template

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, there you have it! Three tools to use with your student. Remember, commit to using them for three weeks, train your child to use them him/herself, and gradually allow them to take control of managing their school work.

Have a great weekend!partly_sunny_md_wht

Dr. Edwards

GOC’s Great Beginnings

Wow! It’s been a busy week already!

IMG_0217We kicked off Learning Labs with 4th-6th and 7th-8th assemblies where Dr. Ray, Dr. O’Neal, Mrs. Kana, and I discussed how to be successful at GOC and our behavior expectations. We explained that the best way to be successful at GOC is to stay current in each class.

For our new families, please know there is a steep learning curve at the beginning, but soon your students will learn to easily navigate through their courses.

If you or your student missed the orientation sessions last week or if you’d like to view them again, you can here https://gwinnettonlinecampus.com/parent.html

Remember, reach out for help when you need it. The teachers’ contact information is located in their course pages and mine is below. IMG_0253

It’s going to be a great year!

Dr. Edwards

Counselor for 4th-8th grades

Dana_Edwards@gwinnett.k12.ga.us 770-608-6631

Welcome to GOC! (And welcome back, returning students!)

We’re SO excited about beginning another year together!frog_freddy_acting_froggy_sm_wht

It was awesome to see new faces this week, and we’re looking forward to everyone being on campus next week for Learning Labs.

Change can be stressful. So if you’re changing schools or simply transitioning from relaxed summer mode to school mode, it’s possible you may feel some apprehension. Remember, we’re here to help you be successful.

Parents and students, take a look at these helpful tips. https://gwinnettonlinecampus.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Owlsome-Advisement.pdf

guy_doing_cartwheel_sm_wht (1)It’s going to be an awesome, make that OWLSOME year!

Dr. Edwards

 

 

Thank you, PARENTS!

girl_offering_cookies_sm_whtThank you PAC and parents for the wonderful breakfast, lunch, and DESSERTS this week! Everyone who works at GOC has a part in making it a great place to learn, and all felt very appreciated!

We also recognize that our parents make sacrifices to have their students at GOC. Monitoring student work habits and progress, transporting students to campus, and making sure your child has a life outside of school take commitment.

We appreciate our partnership with you!4953088

Final exams are next week, with Connections finals ending the following week. Check this link for the exam schedule

stick_man_flexing_strong_sm_whtLet’s finish STRONG!

 

Rising 8th Grade Information

There’s been a lot happening in 8th grade lately, and if you missed my parent meeting last week you can read a recap below.

Rising 9th grade course schedules

I gave the 8th graders their schedules for next year. These were made by their current teachers. In my lesson with the students, I explained that there was some flexibility in these certain areas:

  • Level – college prep, honors, gifted, and advanced placement (AP)
  • Social Studies course – World Geography and AP Human Geography are not required courses
  • Technology elective – students can choose another course

If students and parents remaining at GOC want any changes to the schedule, you need to write those changes on the form and return it to me or Dr. Brown. We’ll still take these forms next week.

Carnegie Credit Form

I gave the Carnegie Credit forms to parents in the meeting last week and to students yesterday. Parents can wait until they see their student’s final grade before making this decision. But, I must have the form back if you want high school credit for your student. Here’s more on that subject: https://gocounseling.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/to-take-the-credit-or-not/

Please call or email me if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend!

Gifted vs. Bright Learners

We’re often asked, What’s the difference between bright and gifted learners?

Below are some general differences from Janice Szabos.

Bright Student Gifted Learner
Knows the answers. Asks the questions.
Works hard. Plays around, yet tests well.
Is interested. Is highly curious.
Is attentive. Is mentally and physically involved.
Listens with interest. Shows strong feelings and opinions.
Understands ideas. Constructs abstractions.
Enjoys straight forward sequential presentation. Thrives on complexity.
Enjoys peers. Prefers adults.
Good memorizer. Good guesser.
Is pleased with own learning. Is highly self-critical.

Visit this site to learn how students qualify for the Gifted Program in Gwinnett County. GCPS Gifted Program

Learning Distinctions Between High Achievers and Gifted Learners is an excellent resource to learn more.

Have a high achieving weekend!! sunny_cloud_sunglasses_sm_wht