Friday, September 22, 2017

Soundcloud Podcast

I was interviewed this week for the 

Chico Junior High School Cougars Podcast

Ms. Davis in her classroom habitat.

Students at Chico Junior are creating podcasts with the 
supreme editing skills of our own Valya Watson.

What an awesome way for 
individual students to learn about
podcasting and for everyone
to learn about individuals on our campus.

Thank you for the opportunity of
being the second person interviewed. 
What a privilege!

Friday, September 15, 2017


Grit is courage and resolve; strength of character

synonyms: courage, bravery, backbone, spirit, fortitude, passion and perseverance, endurance, determination

Angela Duckwirth talks to us about the success of individuals who have grit.

Thank you to my friend, Principal Andee Farrar, for sharing this video with me. It applies in school, at work, and even at home. Don't give up! Keep trying. You can do it!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Back To School Night 2017

I love Back To School Night!

It's fun to meet the families 
of students with whom I am just getting acquainted.

I know that it can be a hardship 
for some parents and guardians to get to school 
on a Thursday night.
Below are links to the slideshows
I will present to family members in my classroom.

Yearbook students: 

English 8 students: 

The documents I will hand out are links in the presentation.

I am excited about this school year.
Thank you for all you do to make education great!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Yearbook Plans

I am at a workshop today for the yearbook advisers all over the north state. 

There is so much energy here among these adults who want to help kids record their school memories in a special way.

At Chico Junior High School, we have a yearbook staff of 25 students who have all applied to be responsible for capturing the school year in photos and words.

Our special yearbook word this year is "Selfie"
If you are a Chico Junior student, 
send your selfies to Mrs. Davis' email address
along with your name and grade.

This yearbook is going to be the best ever!

Pre-order now at the 
sale price of $40. 
The price goes up October 2

Friday, August 25, 2017

Celebrate Diversity

Mrs Davis celebrates diversity in her classrooms and in her community
I am proud to have stood with about 100 people on August 13th who were opposed to the white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia (and organizing anywhere else in the US).

Often I feel powerless against the threat directed at so many Americans who are marginalized. I was able to do this small thing today to show my students and their families, my colleagues and community members, that I support a diverse America.

In my classroom this week, my students are having collaborative discussions about Hate Speech. We are reading this article, formulating thoughtful questions, and using sentence frames to practice good speaking and listening skills. 

Collaboration is a required 8th-grade standard (see the standards below). It is also a skill that can bring people together, speaking and listening in a civilized manner. 

"Learning in Hand" is an educator's resource for mobile and digital learning. According to that website, "Working effectively with others is an extremely complex endeavor. Collaboration skills are complicated to learn because they are actually people skills. Learning these skills takes guided practice and quality feedback. Teachers shouldn't expect their students to work together effectively without explicitly teaching and modeling collaboration skills."

These skills include:
  • Active listening
  • Respect
  • Manners
  • Positive Attitude
  • Focused
  • Social Awareness
Please ask your children about the strategies they are learning in order to have collaborative discussions. This is the first of many such activities. 

We are on our way to an amazing school year where we learn from one another in remarkable ways!



Comprehension and Collaboration:

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.

Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

Two Truths and a Lie

1.When I was twelve, I met three celebrities in that one year. One was Samuel L. Jackson, another was Justin Bieber, and the last one was Adam Sandler. I met Justin Bieber in Hollywoodod. I met Samuel in New York, and I met Adam Sandler in San Francisco.

2. One of my favorite types of dance is break dance. When I was seven I went to Las Vegas to watch the Jabbawockeez. They do break dance and stunts. After the show I got to meet them and take pictures. They all signed my Jabbawockeez mask. We weren’t invited to meet them, but my dad asked.

3. My favorite sport to play and watch is basketball. I have been playing basketball since I was nine. I was on a traveling basketball team in Roseville. My favorite basketball team is the Warriors. One time I went to the Warriors game with my parents we got to sit courtside. After the game we were able to be five feet away from Stephen Curry. We recorded the game at home and I was on television.

Which is the lie?
Kaden B

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Eclipse on the First Day of School!

Welcome back to school, students!

Just so you know how cool it is to attend our school, 
we have scheduled something 
really special
for the first day of school.

Not only do we have a minimum day 
(school gets out at 12:06),
but we also have a solar eclipse scheduled 
in the middle of the school day!

Even NASA has gotten in on the action. 
Read what they have to say about the eclipse here.

Wear your special eclipse glasses to avoid permanent damage to your eyes.
This is important!
The school will supply them; 
you have to follow the directions.

This photo comes from a site that sells these glasses.
They also offer safety information. Click here.

It's always important to have a good soundtrack.
Here's an eclipse song from the 90s.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Setting up for the New School Year

I don't know about you, but I look forward to the beginning of school. 

World Map
Teacher Work Station
Even though I have fun over the summer travelling, sleeping in, reading, and visiting friends and family, I always come back to my classroom earlier than many other teachers. I just can't stay away!

Today, I visited my classroom with two guest helpers.

Ms Jackson

My new resident (student) teacher, Ms Jackson, brings years of theatre experience to my classroom. She is also a great writer with a warm student rapport. Her many hours in my classroom last year as a volunteer make her perfectly suited to work with me and my students this year.

Thank you for your assistance today, Ms Jackson, organizing and preparing for this coming school year.

Josie G

My second helper is a former student, Josie. What a reliable, independent, hard-worker! Josie cleaned and organized for me, so I could look at the calendar and plan some beginning-of-the-year activities. Thanks, Josie!

Eva Jade
Last week, my daughter Eva flopped down on the rug to read on her device. This brought me such joy, as it is my wish that all my students will come in, choose a spot, and nurture their love of reading!

School doesn't officially start until August 21st, but I will surely be in my classroom off and on between now and then. If you know how to find room 303, you are welcome to pop in and say hello. 

Ease into the school year:

Alternative Seating
  • Try some of the new seating options in my classroom. 
  • Bring a book or magazine to donate to the reading shelf.
  • Listen to music with me.

See you soon!

Reading Material