Free Movement: What is it and how does it work?

Featured Photo– The week’s featured photo is of Tallulah Fall, Georgia. Tallulah Falls is home to a state park of the same name and attracts visitors from all over the state and country. Nature lovers and waterfall enthusiasts come from places both near and far to gaze upon the park’s beautiful waterfalls. Some of the things you can do at Tallulah Falls State Park include camping, cycling, swimming, fishing, and other recreational activities like playing tennis and practicing your archery skills. Adventurous visitors can even hike down to the bottom of a beautiful gorge and behold all the natural beauty of this serene area (https://rootsrated.com/stories/4-georgia-mountain-towns).  

Free Movement in your Edgenuity courses

Free movement is a feature that is enabled during the grace period for GACHS students. This feature allows students to navigate freely through their courses via their course map. Normally in your courses you need to watch the warm-up, view an instructional lecture, complete some practice concepts, turn in an assignment, and take a quiz for each lesson and you have to do so sequentially. This is because the skills and concepts you learn follow a sequential order building off of one another. 

However, when free movement is enabled you can navigate to any lesson in your courses. This is extremely helpful in assisting students in completing their courses as it gives you control over what you learn. If you are someone who likes a particular era in US History such as western expansion you can jump to that lesson and complete it without having to wait to reach that point in the semester. 

Free movement for our seniors who are slated to graduate June 2 is already enabled. For the remainder of our students, free movement will turn on soon. For more information on when this turn please contact me via the Edgenuity portal. For the best practices relating to using free movement, please contact your Edgenuity teachers. 

As a reminder, your Edgenuity teachers are your go-to experts when it comes to anything Edgenuity related. When it comes to courses you want or need to take next semester, please contact your GACHS counselor. Below I will be including a list of counselor assignments

Ms. Eaddie– Students with last names beginning with A-D, R-SL, and W

Ms. Hibbah Agha– Students with last names beginning with E-L, and Y/Z

Ms. Karla Garfield– Students with last names beginning with M-P and Sm-V

If you need their contact information, please ask your center administrator. 

Looking Ahead– My next post will be on Success in Summer School and the subsequent expectations of students enrolled in summer school which will only apply to a select number of students. See you then!

Citations

Featured Photo- https://rootsrated.com/stories/4-georgia-mountain-towns

Featured Photo- http://www.gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge

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Finishing the Spring Semester and Preparing for Fall

Featured Photo: This week’s featured photo is of St. Mary’s, Georgia. St. Mary’s rests on the banks of the (surprise, surprise) St. Mary’s river and is located in Camden county. In addition to being quaint and serene , Saint Mary’s is one of the first cities in America to have been explored by Europeans (http://www.travelmag.com/articles/most-charming-towns-georgia/). They must have thought the New World was a remarkable spectacle to behold as they gazed off of the banks of St. Mary’s and into the peaceful horizon. 

My goal with this particular post was to bring a fresh perspective to the age-old concept of “finishing the semester strong.” It would be easy for me to say “listen to your teachers and put in extra work to complete your coursework”, but I am going to try to approach this post from a different point of view 🙂 . As such, I do have one piece of advice, that if followed will help you finish the semester and I also have a challenge to help you prepare for Fall! Are you intrigued? I hope so! Let’s get to it!

Advice on how to finish the semester strong

In order to finish the semester strong all you need to do is one simple thing: let us help you. There are not many places in this world where people will freely give you their support and will pledge to provide you with resources to help you achieve a goal. But, with us, you have that. You literally have a whole team of people who are rooting for you and want to see you succeed. Unfortunately, sometimes it isn’t easy to see this when you are stressed out and are seeing the end of the semester approach quicker than you would like. However, if you keep in mind that we are here because we genuinely care about your success I think it may be easier for you to let us help you. If you let us provide you with tools that we know will work, we can help you in finishing your courses for this semester. So please! When we reach out via email or phone respond and interact with us and LET US HELP YOU! We are here to offer you all sorts of things, moral support, additional educational resources, provide a way to get in contact with your teachers, and even to help you break down how many activities to do each to get back on track. Every single person you come into contact with, your Edgenuity teachers, your counselors, your center coordinator, the staff on social media, we are all here and we chomping at the bit to help you, so let us!

Okay there’s the advice on how to finish your courses, are you ready for the challenge? I hope so! 

The Challenge

This may seem a little weird, but I swear it will work! In order to prepare for the Fall, I want you …..to challenge yourself this summer. I think almost every time I have failed to meet a goal I have set for myself that it personally has had to do with a lack of discipline in some area of my life. In order to combat this, I have learned to do something that pushes me out of my comfort zone. I find that doing something that makes me uncomfortable such as driving in cities, striking up conversations with strangers, or trying a new hobby, often makes me feel invincible afterward. This boost in my confidence often has a way of transferring itself over into other aspects of my life. I have found a direct relationship between my productivity and discipline after I accomplish something I didn’t want to or didn’t think I could. In fact, even though I hate running, I make it a point to run every day that I work because making myself do that, makes me feel accomplished and proud of myself. As a result, I find myself invigorated and ready to tackle the day.  So this summer take the time to do something that really challenges you. Maybe you will learn to play an instrument, or take a public speaking class, maybe you will train for and run a 5k or half-marathon. There is nothing too great or too small when it comes to really pushing you out of your comfort zone. Whatever you choose, choose something meaningful, (and consult with your parent/guardian to help you plan how to achieve your goal if it is a large undertaking), but do yourself a favor and follow through with it. I will be here to offer you support and will be your champion as you push yourself through whatever it is you want to do to step out of your comfort zone. When we start our new semester in the Fall, I want to hear all about how you challenged yourself and I want to see you use that momentum to start off the year on a strong note. 

The next blog post will only apply to a select few of you but it will be tips on how to succeed in summer school courses! 

Citations

Feature Image -http://www.travelmag.com/articles/most-charming-towns-georgia/

Featured Photo- http://www.goodbreadhouse.com/stmarystory.htm