"I don't get what I'm supposed to do," one of my middle school boys whined. "You're writing two haiku, one about nature, the other in riddle form, and then you're writing a limerick," I reiterated my previous instructions. Because it's not teaching unless you repeat yourself 47 times during the course of an hour. "How … Continue reading Out on a Limerick
I surveyed my students' glazed expressions as I went over the religion lesson for the day. I had been wracking my brain for weeks trying to find a way to engage my students during the first class of the day. But the early morning hour coupled with difficult material had made what was usually one … Continue reading Bobby the Sheep
Welcome to 2019! As we look out on a fresh, new year full of untapped potential, we often find ourselves glancing backward at the year gone by. I will be the first to say quite proudly that my 2018 went remarkably well, and I plan to make my 2019 also a success by following a … Continue reading The Only New Year’s Resolution You Need
I have a confession to make that may forever alter your opinion of me (those of you who have wandered onto my blog for the first time are currently thinking, Umm, I don't have any opinions). I love reading and writing fan-fiction. I currently have two fanfic accounts on the internet, which anyone with a semblance of … Continue reading Not a Waste of Time: Using Fan-fiction in the Classroom
Dates: Monday, May 06, Wednesday, May 08, 2013 Site: St. Paul Lutheran School, All day kindergarten Cooperating Teacher: Mrs. Novak Total hours together: 3 hours 10 mins Total for EDU344: 20 hours of 20 hours On Monday I finally had time to work on the final assessment from my unit plan with Luc. First … Continue reading Fieldwork Reflection #5
Dates: Monday, April 22, Wednesday, April 24, and Friday, April 26, 2013 Site: St. Paul Lutheran School, All day kindergarten Cooperating Teacher: Mrs. Novak Total hours together: 4 hours 5 mins Total for EDU344: 13 hrs 45 mins out of 20 hrs For Monday, I performed the second mini-lesson that I had devised for … Continue reading Fieldwork Reflection #4 With Picture!
For our last reading response of the course, we skipped ahead to chapter 13, which focused on teaching writing to struggling students.Writing has five main processes, which are as follows:Brainstorming—a time for generating ideas, stimulating thinking, making plans and creating the desire to write.Composing—Drafting thoughts, getting ideas down on paper and getting a purpose and … Continue reading Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties: Chapter Thirteen
Dates: Wednesday, April 17 and Friday, April 19, 2013 Site: St. Paul Lutheran School, All day kindergarten Cooperating Teacher: Mrs. Novak Total hours together: 3 hours 5 mins Total for EDU344: 9 hrs 40 mins out of 20 hours On Wednesday, I practiced a Miscue Analysis/IRI on Luc. I used copies from the Qualitative Reading Analysis (5th ed.) book from … Continue reading Fieldwork Reflection #3