Welcome to C R Anderson Middle School 7th Grade English! I am Miss Miller. This is my second year teaching at CRA and eighth overall year of teaching. After graduating from Carroll College (GO SAINTS!) in 2012, I moved to Boise, Idaho to teach fourth grade. Realizing how great Montana is, my homesickness brought me back to Helena where I get to spend time with my parents, grandparents, and siblings who are all in town, or close by in Bozeman and Missoula! When I moved home, I taught fourth grade at Jefferson Elementary School for five years. After teaching several years, I obtained my Master’s Degree from Western Governor’s University in Learning and Technology.
I have high expectations for each student in my class. Students should also have high expectations of me! I am confident each year that my students teach me just as much as I teach them. To best help your students through this experience and to give them the best chance to be successful, please encourage your child to read every night for at least twenty minutes. Encourage them to try their best and portray an attitude that school is worthwhile! Let’s have a great year!
I hope you all had a relaxing weekend and are doing your best to stay home! I read a great book yesterday and would definitely recommend it: The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne.
Students: By now, your short-constructed responses for Uprising should be finished.
Your homework for Monday and Tuesday this week is to use paperrater.com to perfect your answers. To do this, you will submit each short-constructed response question to paperrater.com individually. If you are not sure how to use this website, please watch my YouTube tutorial:
You will need to use the feedback from the site to edit and revise each response so that you are getting at least an 80% on the questions. Ideally, you would all get 100% on every question! You may need to make corrections and re-submit your answers to the site to see your new grade. Please make sure to write down your paperrater.com score at the end of every short-constructed response question so I know what score this site assigned.
Once you have made every short-constructed response answer as perfect as possible, and have included the paperrater.com score in your answer, please share these documents to me through word online/email. THESE NEED TO BE SHARED TO ME BY THE END OF THE DAY TUESDAY, MARCH 24. THESE WILL BE A GRADE IN POWERSCHOOL.
I will be reading your responses too and not just using the grades you receive from paperrater.com. I am having you complete this activity so that you know this tool exists and that this is something you can use to improve all of your writing before you turn it in to teachers.
There will not be a learning update for Monday or Tuesday as this is what you should be working on these days. I will send another email with your assignment for the rest of the week on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.
Let me know if you have any questions! I miss you all and hope you are hanging in there!
No long email from me today, just watch this:
Good morning everyone!
Before you do anything else today, please stop and take a deep breath. Then, do ten jumping jacks! A lot of you mentioned on your google form quiz that you are feeling confused. It will get easier the more we do this, so stick with it and be sure to email me if I can help in any way.
Students: No new homework. Please complete the google form quiz if you have not already done so. Please make sure you are working on your Uprising questions. These need to be finished by Friday, but will not be turned in until Tuesday! You need to have them finished by Friday so that you can use your finished questions for the next steps in the assignment Monday and Tuesday. Your final responses will be shared with me on TUESDAY.
Please make sure you are reading and doing your March journal. If you lost your journal, every day write a little bit about what you did that day and how you felt. This will be interesting to read in twenty years!
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Be on the lookout for more YouTube updates! Thanks for the follows on TikTok! @missmillercra
I hope that you are all doing well and staying healthy! This has been a wild experience, but I am learning a lot and an open to the challenge. I hope you are too!
If you need to reach me at any time, please be sure to email me, sent me a chat on Microsoft Teams, or find my TikTok account (yes, I made a TikTok account knowing that my students will be on their social media more than their email and am willing to risk being made fun of if it means staying in contact with my awesome students!) My TikTok name is missmillercra.
My set office hours will be from 9:30-3:30. Please contact me at any time if you need help, support, or just someone to talk to.
Students: You have a homework assignment that is due FRIDAY! Please check your email and fill out the google form quiz that I sent to you. This is a grade and will be entered into PowerSchool.
You also need to make sure that your short-constructed response questions are done for the story Uprising. This assignment will be due on Tuesday! These questions are posted on my website under the Documents section and are titled Uprising Questions. The story Uprising is in our online textbook Collections. The link to this textbook is under the Links Section and is titled Collections Book (username hsd and ID number) (password ID number). Example: hsd123456 (username) 123456 (password). Our story is in Collection 6 and starts on page 283. Do not send me these questions as you will be revising and editing your responses on Monday and Tuesday.
I will be sending daily emails and posting updates on my website with more detailed instructions for the day’s work. Please don’t stress about online learning, we are all in this together and I am here to help!
Hi Wild Side Team,
What a whirlwind of a weekend! These are definitely unprecedented times. I promise I will do my absolute best to maintain contact with all of you over the next few weeks and will be available to help your children stay on track with English. However strange this time is, I do think that this is a great opportunity to let your kids be kids and an opportunity to show them that education and learning does not have to take place within the four walls of my classroom. Hopefully we can all learn some valuable real-life lessons during this time!
My plan for maintaining contact is to post information and lessons to my website and through email communication. Please be prepared for this to change as teachers and administrators learn new information.
IF YOU NEED ANYTHING OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT LMILLER@HELENASCHOOLS.ORG
ALL NEW INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED TO MY WEBSITE: https://cra.helenaschools.org/teachers/lmiller/
Below is a schedule for the following weeks of remote instruction:
March 16-18: Time for teachers to plan online instruction. MAKE SURE YOU ARE READING EVERY DAY AND COMPLETING YOUR MARCH JOURNAL.
March 19: Finish the short-constructed responses regarding Uprising. Please access our online textbook for support. The questions are posted on my website as is the link to access the textbook.
March 20: Finish the short-constructed responses regarding Uprising.
March 23: In order to receive help with editing and revising your responses before submitting them for grading, please visit: paperrater.com and submit each of your questions for review. There is a link to this under the Links section on my website. Once each question has been looked at by this website, please make appropriate changes. Your goal should be to receive at least at 80 percent grade on the paperrater website. For more information on how to use this website, please see the link on my website to my YOUTUBE CHANNEL! 😊
March 24: Finish correcting each short-constructed response via paperrater.com. When you are finished, please email me your short-constructed responses along with the grade for each response according to paperrater.com. I will send feedback!
March 25: Today, you will begin writing a narrative about the Triangle Factory Fire. Remember to use your narrative cheat sheet! If you don’t have yours, please see my website link about narrative writing or a BME Chart. This link is under the Documents section on my website. Your prompt: Pretend you were a worker on the 8th floor of the Triangle Factory Fire, write a short narrative (500 words or less) about your experience during this tragic event. Remember that this narrative should include historically accurate information and should be realistic. Your narrative will be shared in class when class resumes or via email depending on the district’s school closure policy. If you need support, please be sure to email me as often as you need!
March 26: Time to write your narrative. Please be sure to follow the BME Chart and email me if you have questions.
March 27: Time to write your narrative. Please be sure to follow the BME Chart and email me if you have questions.
March 30-April 3: Spring Break. HAVE SOME FUN! Please be prepared to share your narratives on Monday either in person or via email depending on the district’s school closure policy.
This is a great time for parents to reach out if they have any questions or concerns.