Welcome Parents and Students of Metro Mr. P’s 2020 Virtual Learning.
Hopefully this communication finds you and your family well. I hope to get us back on track as early as tomorrow if possible. The district is reaching out now to everyone to allow access to student’s SLPS mail and Microsoft Teams accounts. Microsoft Teams is where the district is having us place all our virtual learning materials and, hopefully, will be where we can conduct face-to-face (screen-to-screen?) classes. In conjunction with Tyler SIS and Google classroom, Teams will be how we communicate with both parents and students throughout our virtual learning adventure.
The AP Tests are still on. They will be conducted online and there will be two test dates to choose from, an early (probably the original test date of May 5) and a later (who knows). That information should be released by the College Board next week. Until I see the dates given, I don’t think I can make a strong suggestion on which option we should take as a class.
AP College Board Information:
More details about online testing dates coming from College Board next week.
My hope is to make it almost seamless with how the class had been conducted throughout the school year. Many expectations will stay the same. There is a rough timeline for the next few weeks located on Microsoft Teams (the only reason it goes beyond the 22nd is to help students plan for the rest of the year, I’m hoping to still see everyone before the school year is out). As you can see, along with each lesson is a directly related video to KhanAcademy, almost as if I were teaching some examples myself. I have reorganized our class notes/homework/reviews and placed them onto Teams. I will also place copies onto Metro’s school website soon.
As far as assessments and grades go, until I receive further guidance from Mr. Lawler and the district, grades cannot be our concern. My job as I see it is to keep your education going, to make sure that we don’t fall behind and lose everything we have worked so hard for already this past year. I would like to release quizzes on Google Classroom, just like those we took in class, to allow students to challenge themselves. However, until I myself have more details, I can’t really meaningfully speak about current or future grades. We will figure that out together as we go.
My hope is to have general office hours where I will be available to respond to students concerns and questions on Teams chat. And also to have dedicated times slots a few days a week where students gather together with myself in a video conference to discuss problems and figure out the content. Perhaps even me giving lessons as normal. There will be more information coming soon about that.
Students should be watching the Khanacademy video series attached to each section (the linked video is just the first in a series of short videos and activities, they are all very informative).
Students should be completing the homeworks from the worksheets just as if we were in class. They can then upload a picture of it to Teams in their student notebook section.
Students should be taking quizzes on Google Classroom (more information coming about that).
Students should download and practice with the graphing calculator technology provided free below if they don’t already have one.
Below is a list of information from the district as well as codes pertaining to all the virtual learning sources that may be utilized over the next few weeks. I will keep updating this list as I find more resources.
SLPS District’s Extended Learning: https://www.slps.org/Page/46686
Mr. P’s Microsoft Teams Code: 717161t
Mr. P’s Google Classroom Code: gajs67l
Mr. P’s Khan Academy Class Code: 72Q6A9SW
Free Online Office Hours: https://twitter.com/TICalculators/status/1242891010524557313
Explore DESMOS: https://teacher.desmos.com/collection/5e73b36a5141777627553357
AP Video Lesson Information:
Free TI Graphing Calculator Emulator:
Here to help,