First, let's look at the schedule for Algebra for the next six weeks:
- This week we meet for 2.5 days (PLC day on Wednesday, furlough day on Friday).
- Next week we meet for 3 days (Presidents' Day on Monday).
- The next week after that we meet for 3 days (Parent-Teacher Conferences Thursday night, no school on Friday).
- The next week we only meet three days, and two of those are shortened classes (due to TCAP, we meet Monday and Tuesday afternoons for a shortened class and Friday regular time).
- Then the fifth week we finally have a full week (four days of Algebra.)
- The sixth week is a full week, but we have a shortened class on Friday for the Arapaho Assembly, and it's the week before Spring Break which means lots of stuff will be due in many of your classes.
Second, the content. In Algebra we'll be learning about polynomials, including factoring, which is a topic that is typically tricky for many students. We'll also be taking our midterm. In your other classes teachers will also likely be trying to finish up units before Spring Break.
When you put these together it often turns into a very rough six weeks for students, particularly for freshmen who haven't been through it before (in high school, anyway). You really, really, really need to focus and stay on top of things over the next six weeks. If you do, you'll be able to enjoy Spring Break and come back refreshed and ready to learn for the remainder of the school year. If you don't, you'll end up very stressed, your grades are likely to go down (as will your enjoyment of Spring Break), and most importantly your learning will suffer.
So make a plan for how you are going to stay focused and on top of things. Be sure to come in for help when you need it (not just my class, but all of your classes), or if you just need to talk. And help each other out; remember, Warriors always take care of one another (and themselves). This is an excellent time to put that into practice.