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7th Grade Plan — Virtual School

March 16, 2020 | Brent Harris

(Below, you’ll find the email I sent to the 7th grade students on Monday, March 16. Use it as a resource if you’d like!)
“Hello, 7th Grade Students!
                I hope you are all well. I miss you all dearly, and I hope to see you gracing these empty halls soon! A school void of laughing students is an eerie place to be.
This is going to be a bit of an odd week, so please don’t hesitate to email me if you are confused about anything. I am quite reachable, and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible to quell any confusions or misunderstandings.
—- Here is what you need to know for the week:
  • Teachers will be online Tuesday-Thursday from 9am-12pm.  This is a time for you to get quick feedback via email, chat, or comments on documents. As Friday was a scheduled day off, it will continue to be so. You may choose to use this day to continue working.
  • Every day, look at the 7th Grade School Work Hub to see what assignments you have to do. There are daily assignments and weekly assignments depending on the class. This will be updated daily. Also, this page will serve as a hub, but your Google Classrooms will be where more detailed information is. Be sure to check both out!
  • I would strongly suggest making some sort of plan or schedule so that you can systematically accomplish all of your work. If you’re like me, structure is really helpful. Make a plan and stick to it! Perhaps make a Google Doc organizer, write a list down and check assignments off as you go, have a schedule posted in your room… since you’re in 7th grade, I’ll leave the decision making on how that schedule will work up to you, but having an approach setup will be helpful. Perhaps share ideas with a classmate and hold each other accountable!
Have a safe and hand-washing-filled week,
Brent Harris
(P.S. — I have a copy of Bezzerwizzer at home, so if anyone wants to lose at trivia, let me know. It’s easy to play via Google Hangouts!)”
As an aside, parents, if you’d like me to send more work home, please ask!
Brent Harris

Brent Harris

Teacher, Grade 7; Language Arts, Seventh and Eighth Grades

Brent Harris has been teaching Middle School students since 2015. He loves teaching students how to understand the world through literature and writing. He teaches English Language Arts, but he likes to teach other things too! Both of Mr. Harris' parents are educators, and despite trying his hardest to avoid following in his parents’ footsteps, he graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English Education and a Minor in Physical Education; as a result, Brent is a great argument piece for any “Nature versus Nurture” debate.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Harris enjoys playing guitar and drums, listening to music, spending time outside, playing sports, and hanging out with his kind and loving wife, Lauren. A native of Ontario, Canada, Mr. Harris stays true to all the Canadian stereotypes by being extremely kind and perpetually sorry. He has been a director and counselor at multiple children’s camps in Canada and Michigan, and he appreciates the idea of teaching students and campers in a place where there is freedom to entertain new ideas and try out new things. Mr. Harris has enjoyed coaching volleyball, soccer, and baseball, and while he loves nature, he is being slowly converted into a city boy.

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