I was curious about the idea that movement allows for a more productive and engaged community of learners, so I decided to try the idea out with my tenth grade Honors English students. Continue reading
Planning for classes became a daily, weekly, and monthly ritual as I started student teaching. As my first placement comes to a close, it’s been exciting to see how far I’ve come from the first day and reflect on my curriculum planning. Continue reading
What’s the solution to disruptive, easily-distracted students while not taking anything away from productive, doing-what-they’re-supposed-to students?
For me, and for my English 10 classes, the solution was a Task List/Work Day. Continue reading
Yesterday was my first day of school: 10th and 11th grade English students! Hooray!
Going in I was a little nervous, but I had two goals for each period:
- Get to know the kids (name-game and at least 1 unique fact about each of them)
- Log them into their computers and give them access to the Google classroom site for their specific class period
In the week before classes began, I made these handy-dandy mini-binders which would be a great way to organize my class periods and computer information. I have to admit, I got this idea from my cooperating teacher Mrs. Stanton, but I put together the binders and adapted the idea to fit my classrooms. Continue reading
One of the first activities I had my new students do is make name tags. Okay, sounds a little elementary, right? Wrong. Even though making name tags on the first day might be something done back in Kindergarten, there’s a way to make it relevant for even secondary students. [Or at least somewhat!] And that’s by making it a name activity rather than just a tag. Continue reading
One thing I noticed from today was the layout of Mrs. Sopko’s room. Continue reading