Below you will see a variety of resources used by the students. We will use all or most of them frequently throughout the year.
All of these resources will be used in and out of the classroom.
Google Classroom will be the hub and go-to place for all lessons, activities, videos, and other items for each class for each day. Lesson will be sequential and date-stamped for ease of organization and use.
All students must access Google Classroom using their MUSD Student Google Account. (The student is account is the same as their network login.)
At home a student may need to add his/her School Account to an existing Google profile. To do this, simply click on the portrait in the upper right hand corner of the screen and select Add Account.
For example, student Abraham Lincoln = Abraham.L.firstname.lastname@example.org + student password.
If a student has not logged in to their MUSD Google Account, their default password is "musdgoogle1" ... they will then be prompted for a new password.
It is STRONGLY encouraged that students use their BMMS school ID number as their password.
The worst case scenario is that student will have to have their account reset by Mrs. Schmidt, the Librarian.
Once students are in their assigned Google Classroom, they will see the "Stream" where communication takes place, and "Classwork" where all assignments are posted.
If you'd like to utilize this tool, please send a text message to Remind's secure and private server.
Students and families do not have to share their personal numbers; the Remind application will broker all conversations without loss of privacy.
Click HERE for more on Remind's privacy technology.
If you'd like join Remind, send a text to the number 81010 and message:
Period 1: “@mrmiser1”
Period 2: “@mrmiser2”
Period 3: “@mrmiser3”
Period 4: “@mrmiser4”
Period 5 Algebra 1: “@mrmiser5”
Period 6 Algebra 1: “@mrmiser6”
In all cases, omit the quotation marks in the message
Khan Academy will be a regular piece of our weekly work as the year progresses.
Student accounts may be reached by any internet-ready device and computers are always available here at school.
Khan Academy assignments are always review/spiral work for the students. There is much to review in mathematics, but time is limited so Khan Academy becomes a valuable resource for review of basic skills, standards previously learned, and foundation practice for current topics.
Math Mastery via Khan Academy will be a consistent and monitored goal for all of our students.
Mathematics, unlike most every other discipline, is completely cumulative. What you do on Monday and Tuesday will be needed to understand Thursday and Friday. By this time in far too many student's lives, they have missed out on 10-20-30 percent of the math they need. There are significant (and debilitating) gaps that develop. Before my students move on to high school, I am committed to helping them fill in those gaps as much as we can.
Mastery will be the students' primary independent (asynchronous) work .. and I will be taking all of the students back to Kindergarten.
The goal: Gain Mastery in primary grade levels of their math, beginning in Kindergarten, then 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. We may another level (i.e. 6th Grade and/or Arthmetic) as time and success allows.
Mastery is considered 90%+ and will be scored as an ample part of their grade.
Mastery will be primarily asynchronous, meaning independent work and their primary homework to be "completed" by an upcoming deadline (i.e. working toward a long-term goal).
Weekly mastery targets will be posted so students will know if they are on pace to complete the work for full credit.
There will be much success here ... and some surprising challenges, even in the 2nd - 4th grade levels. This is to be expected and enjoyed.
IXL Math will be used primarily by the Advanced Math students as a way to augment their learning in their Math 8 Compacted course.
We will be covering many items that have never been taught to 8th graders and will use IXL as a resource for in-class and at-home practice.
Each student will have their own account for this program.