Sunday, April 20, 2014

A new blog for educators

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How do we change education for the better? What is project based learning? How do we get kids excited about learning? How do we make meetings more productive?

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Friday, September 27, 2013

This blog is closing

My 2 years in middle school have been a great experience! I learned so much about the fragile ages of 13 and 14. I've also seen the maturity of my 7th graders into 8th graders, who are now freshmen! What a critical time in their lives! I'm honored that I was able to have a small part in it.

I am now assigned to the high school, so I will no longer be writing this blog. I will keep it as a memory of my experience, and as a resource for those teaching MS English or for the students I once taught.

Love you!
As Steve Jobs said, "Stay hungry, stay foolish!"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

7th grade book report for March

Each 7th grader should have selected a Christian biography or autobiography to read this month. We visited the school library and several students found a book there. If not, they will need to find one on their own. They will receive a copy of the requirements  for the report next week. It will be due after Easter break.

Happy reading!

Friday, March 1, 2013

7th grade short story unit

All 7th graders received a literature book last week which we will be using for the next few months. We will be doing a short story unit. We have read three stories already, and taken notes on elements such as setting, character, conflict and suspense.

After we complete 5 stories, students will take a test.

Please make sure all literature books are covered.

Take time to ask your child about the stories he/she is reading. If your child struggles with reading comprehension, ask the reading check questions at the end to double check if he/she understood the main points of the story.

If your child is looking for a challenge, he/she may read some of the stories not assigned and write up a summary/analysis of the story. See me for more details.

8th grade Collage project

All 8th graders should begin working on their collage projects for To Kill A Mockingbird. They are to select 10-15 objects mentioned in the novel, find pictures of them, or draw the objects, and put them on a poster board.

Part 2 involves writing a paragraph about 4 of the objects. Each student received a hand-out printed on yellow paper with all the details.

Don't wait until the last minute. Get started this weekend!

I hope to display some of these projects in the halls of our building so everyone can see them!

Maycomb Newspapers

Period 3 8th graders are working on a newspaper depicting the time period of To Kill a Mockingbird. We have discussed the different features of a newspaper, how to write a lead, and layout. Each student is writing 2 articles/features to include. The production editors for each group will design the newspapers.

Hopefully, this will also provide the groundwork for high school journalism class! They may join the staff of the Tiger's Roar and continue developing their journalism skills in high school!

I am excited to see the finished products!

7th grade Writers

The 7th graders are completing weekly writing projects. The last project was a descriptive writing piece which included sensory details and used similes. Students described many places: basketball courts, carnivals, stores, the beach, foreign countries, etc.

This week's project is a persuasive writing. Students may choose a letter, speech or essay. Their goal is to persuade someone to change their mind about something and consider a new course of action.

Today we watched Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I have a Dream" speech. The students were so moved by it, they wanted to watch it again. We discussed the techniques King used to make his speech so powerful and effective.

Students should have their persuasive writing done for Tuesday, March 5th. The length should be 4-5 paragraphs.