Remote Learning Begins Next Week

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well. Earlier this week, the district announced that we’ll be shifting to a more structured remote learning model from now through May 3rd. I’m excited to get back into the swing of things (at least to the extent we can, all things considered) and am looking forward to hearing from all of you soon.

On Google Classroom, I’ve posted some important materials, and I wanted to briefly walk you through what you should see and make some suggestions about how to approach things:

  • I’ll be sorting materials by week. If you look under the “Classwork” tab, you should see an organized view of all the materials for week one. I’ll be adding more material throughout next week.
  • Definitely start by reading everything under the “Overview Materials–Read this first!” post, particularly the April Overview and the Remote Learning Notes. Some of the content I’ve included there is from the district, but the April Overview gives a detailed breakdown of what is due when, how to submit it, what order to approach the week’s work, and what options you have for certain assignments. It’s more or less a complete breakdown of what we’ll be doing for the next month, and if you have not looked at it already please do so before completing any of the other work
  • You’ll notice that for each week there is an activity where you must complete your choice of three different options. One of those options is an online discussion that I’ll be hosting through Google Meets or Zoom (I’m currently experimenting with both tools to figure out which one will best fit our needs). If you plan on taking advantage of that option, please make sure to read the school’s expectations for participation in those discussions carefully.

I recognize this is a new experience for everyone involved, and I anticipate that there will be some confusion along the way. Please email me at oconnort@kingphilip.org as questions or uncertainties come up, and we’ll work to quickly address them.

Stay safe and healthy, and I’ll see you all (or at least hear from you!) next week!

-Mr. O’Connor

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Google Classroom Request

Hi all,

If you have not already, please join the following Google Classroom sites from earlier in the year using your King Philip accounts:

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Period C: q42goxm

Period D: oknhq5v

Period E: oovr2lo

Period F: q3y4z2v

Model UN: e4ama6d

I will be using these sites to gauge who is currently accessing the online enrichment opportunities I’ve posted over the last couple of weeks so that I can make appropriate adjustments and reach out to those who may be having difficulty accessing any resources I provide. In addition, if you have not already, please respond to the survey the district sent out earlier this week regarding access to remote learning resources, available here. If you have any questions or technical concerns, please email me at oconnort@kingphilip.org.

-Mr. O’Connor

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Brief Updates

Hi everyone,

You’ve likely all heard about the further closing through early May; as of now, I don’t have any updates on how that will affect our current online class structure. I anticipate having more information over the weekend or early next week; please keep an eye out here.

For my AP students: I’m guessing many of you have seen the update the College Board posted here. Long story short: you will have the opportunity to take an abbreviated, 45-minute AP exam at home. The College Board has promised more details by April 3rd, and shortly after that I intend on reaching out with suggested preparation options for those of you who wish to take the exam.

Stay safe, and shoot me an email with any questions. Or just email me. I think my cat is getting tired of me talking to him, so I welcome any and all conversation!

-Mr. O’Connor

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Office Hours

Hi everyone,

I’ll be actively monitoring my email from 11-1 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I’ll also be checking periodically on most days outside those hours. If you send me an email, I’ll be getting back to you within 24 hours barring any extreme circumstances.

 

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Outside Enrichment Work

Hi everyone,

Yesterday, I received the district’s guidelines on the sort of work we’ll be continuing while we’re out of school. Having reviewed those guidelines, I wanted to provide some information on our ongoing assignments and to suggest some ways that you might be able to supplement our coursework during our time away from school.

With regard to ongoing assignments, I want to be clear that there is absolutely no requirement that students continue making progress on those assignments, and I will be adjusting our calendar accordingly upon our return to school to give time to complete all ongoing assignments. That being said, I do anticipate our schedule being a brisk one to try and make up for some of the lost ground from our weeks away, and I suggest continuing to make progress on the following assignments if possible:

10CP—Reading The Crucible and the reading questions.

10H—Working on the Catcher research paper. Students who complete a rough draft and would like feedback for editing may email me their draft; I’ll respond ASAP with some thoughts. A complete rough draft will be due very shortly after we return (as we had made significant progress towards that last week in class), and a complete final draft will be due a few days later. There will also be opportunities for conferences once we’re back, as well.

11AP—Working on the documentary assignment. It will be due shortly (within one week) after we return.

With all of that out of the way, I do have some suggestions on how to make the most of our time away from school and to keep practicing the skills we’ve been learning all year. Again, these suggestions are by no means mandatory, but I’ve found them personally helpful in keeping myself occupied and focused even as our normal schedule is disrupted.

  • Reading­—Try to set aside 45-60 minutes a day for free reading. In particular, I’d suggest trying to read texts that you enjoy and wouldn’t necessarily have the opportunity to read when you have a full workload: fantasy, young adult, sci-fi, graphic novels—whatever you find interesting. Personally, I’m working my way through the most recent addition to Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass series, which were some of my favorite sci-fi/fantasy books in high school. I’ve also been working on the graphic novel series March by Representative John Lewis, an autobiographical work that describes his time marching alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement. Many local libraries offer free access to ebooks, so I’d consider checking online to see if your town offers easy access to any online texts.
  • Viewing—You all know how I feel about documentaries at this point, but I’ll reiterate my feelings: documentaries are a great way to engage with the world abroad, particularly when we’re mostly stuck at home. Since I recently had to cancel a couple of upcoming trips, I’ve been enjoying a virtual tour around the world with BBC’s Planet Earth; I’ve watched through it about ten times, but it never gets old. In addition to any films available on cable/streaming services you might subscribe to, libraries once again usually have access to a number of great films.
  • Writing:
    • For juniors, getting started on the college essay is never a bad idea. We’ll be going over it more formally towards the end of the year, but a great starting point is to review successful college essays to get a sense of what a good college essay does. John Hopkins University maintains a wonderful collection of “Essays That Worked,” along with feedback from the admissions team as to why the essays were effective. From there, you can start shaping your own ideas and figuring out what story you want to tell that reveals something about who you are and what you value.
    • For everyone, I’d suggest engaging in any sort of writing you find personally enjoyable: now’s a great time to write a short story, craft a poem, keep a journal, or compose a letter (particularly to a friend or family member who might live a bit further away). I think you would all agree these are interesting times; and as we’ve seen from our work in class, the writings of the past can reveal aspects of history that textbooks sometimes miss. By documenting and sharing our own experiences, we can play a part in telling the future how the world came together to face the significant challenges before us.

I encourage you to complete any or all of the above with friends—digitally, of course! Feel free to read/watch materials and then discuss through FaceTime, Google Meets, Discord, or any other tools you use to stay in touch with friends. I considered setting up a Google discussion board for us to share what we’ve been reading/watching/whatever, but I haven’t done so yet. If that’s something you might be interested in, email me; if there’s enough demand, I can look into getting one set up and sharing the log-in info here.

In addition to all of the above, Dr. Mobley’s letter, which went out yesterday, has links to some great online resources for additional learning and enrichment; I strongly encourage you to take advantage of them.

I think that more or less wraps things up for now. If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or just want to say hi, definitely shoot me an email. Please keep an eye on this space for further updates. Stay healthy, stay in touch, and stay optimistic.

-Mr. O’Connor

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The O’Connor Emergency Broadcast System

Hi everyone,

Hope everyone is doing well, all things considered. Earlier today, you received a document from the district outlining how we’ll be conducting online enrichment while we’re away from school. The English department is currently working out what form that online enrichment will take, so I should have more specific information in the next couple of days. Once I know more, we’ll set up whatever infrastructure we need (Google classroom, discussion boards, etc.) and hopefully be able to continue making some progress soon. I should note, the district has made it clear that any activities we do complete are enrichment and note core classroom activities, so there won’t be any formally graded work during the time we’re out. That being said, I’m hoping we can find some stuff that might keep us active and engaged.

For now, my recommendations are as follows:

11AP – Work on the documentary assignment. Heck, work on many documentary assignments! Documentaries are a great way to broaden your base of knowledge even when we aren’t at school. Since the due date for the assignment is technically during the time we’re supposed to be out, I will be adjusting that once we return, but I’d encourage you to watch films as a way of engaging with the world beyond while we’re all stuck at home.

10h – Keep rocking the research paper. Obviously, I will not be grading anything while we’re out, and I will adjust all due dates when we return. I may be able to provide feedback on rough drafts (which were supposed to be due yesterday) while we’re out, which would give you an opportunity to get ahead on the work we’ll be doing when we get back.

10CP – Keep making progress with the Crucible. Finishing up with that will be our first priority when we’re back. Much like with 10h, I will be adjusting all timelines to reflect our time out, but if you want to get ahead on things with some of your free time feel free!

I’ll be in touch with more soon. Stay healthy, stay focused, and stay optimistic. Email me with any questions that you might have so far.

-Mr. O’Connor

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Eminent Domain

https://forms.gle/iGyPWV7vtCEecg9V8

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Crucible questions

Crucible Reading Questions

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AP Link

NASA Mult choice results

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Link for AP Students

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/02/04/us/elections/results-iowa-caucus.html

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