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Extra Credit Possibilities!

March 19, 2020 | Brent Harris

Hello, Parents!

I hope you are all doing well. Yesterday, Lauren and I sat down and created a massive list of media (movies, podcasts, music, video games…) that students could take in and then respond to for extra credit.

Obviously, class assignments are a priority for your child, but if you notice that your child is running low on things to do, feel free to have them look at this:

Huge Extra Credit List

On the document, you’ll notice that I stressed the importance of deferring to parents, meaning that you are in charge of what they are allowed to take in and how long they are allowed to spend on it.

Really, all students have to do is watch, listen to, or play one of the things on the list and create some sort of response and share it with me. I listed some possible responses on the document, but it’s really open-ended. I’m hoping to see some creativity and deep thinking on display!

As a side note, if you have suggestions for things to add to the list, please let me know! It is a flexible list that, I’m hoping, will only grow.

Thanks, Parents. Have a wonderful day!

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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