What’s better to middle and high school students than a game/competition/individual challenge? (The answer is nothing). That’s why I wanted to create an extension activity and figurative language activity that would engage my eighth graders and let them have a little fun. Continue reading
At the start of every week, I post our plan and learning targets. Sometimes these targets even change daily! This is a simple way I plan for my classes, keep students aware of the weekly objectives, and make the learning relevant.
Here’s this week’s plan. The focus is connecting House on Mango Street to the students’ lives, specifically through theme and figurative language.
Because these are whiteboards, it’s super easy to wipe off and change the writing. This is one of the simple ways I prepare and plan for my classes.
I wasn’t able to be in class on Friday due to a doctor’s appointment, so to prepare myself for my future teaching career, I created mock sub notes for my cooperating teacher, so that she would know exactly what I wanted my students to do for each class period! Continue reading
Another extension activity! This time I made the students think creatively and outside the box. Continue reading
With Standards-Based Grading, students may be at completely different levels of learning. There might be a student completely finished writing her narrative, while another boy is just finishing up his paragraph–polar opposites–so how do you accommodate? The answer: Extension Activities. Continue reading
Next week I will completely take over the eighth grade classes and teach House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Since I will become, in my cooperating teacher’s place, one of the two eighth grade English/Reading teachers, I needed to plan and collaborate ahead of time to prepare for teaching the book. Continue reading
It’s round two of the note card name tags (well, sort of). Just like I did at the beginning of my first placement at Mason City High School, I had students create note card name tags with their names on the front and three things they wanted me to know about them on the back! Continue reading
I was extremely nervous about teaching tenth grade Honors English at first, but once I started planning out what I was going to do, I felt a lot better. Continue reading