What is 48 Ounces? The answer is the Human Brain – a mere three pounds of tissue that can hold an infinite amount of knowledge, creativity, coordinated skills, and still have the power left over to make our bodies function properly. The human brain is a wondrous thing, and the key to all our understanding. So what better way to acknowledge that fact than to name an educational website in honor of it. So here’s to your brain, my brain, and the brains of our students; may they be filled with wonder, driven to learn, and always seeking out new adventures.
I built this site with the intent of bringing the classroom right into the home. Everything we are going to talk about in class is typed up in an easy-to-read format, broken down by subject and section. For instance, if we’re covering the unit on the Ottoman Empire in World History, you would click on that section in the menu, and BAM! there’s the whole lesson. I’ll be uploading assignments as they pop up, the entire lesson plan is on there, and all of PowerPoints that we use for notes. If there’s a video we decide to watch, I’ll post a link to it. So it makes it easy for students to stay on top of the material, even if they can’t be in class.
One last thing though, the site isn’t a replacement, simply a substitute. You’re not going to get the question-and-answer aspect of teaching, and a static site doesn’t lend itself well to discussion (although it isn’t impossible). So even though you can keep up with the material, it isn’t going to give you the same depth and engagement that you would get in the classroom. In that sense, it’s just like a substitute teacher—it can give out homework and pass along information, but it certainly can’t teach you in the same way.
The Low Down
We will be using this site as just one of many classroom resources this semester. If a student is sick or absent, they will be able to get the notes, PowerPoints, assignments, or any other relevant information directly from the site. All you have to do is click on the appropriate class at the top, and you will find everything you need to stay up to date on what’s happening in the classroom.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact me. The success of my students is my top priority, which is why I’ve put an immense amount of time into creating this site. If something isn’t working, or you think I can make it better, let me know!