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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Sandra L. Eckert
Thu, 5 Sep 1996 18:21:41 -0400
Wow! The first few days of school have really flown by! I met my
new classes today, and have great hopes for them, although , unfortunately,
I am finding that I have more students than seats, and am already teaching
half of my classes in the Home-Ec. room.
Anyway, I am going to try to gear my teaching toward a portfolio
type assessment, and have also begun to involve my students in the process
of putting together rubrics for each assignment. I want them to be more
actively involved in the process, to know exactly what to do to achieve in
my classes, and to have some (guided) input into the type of work we're
looking for. Today, they seemed interested, but uncommunicative. Any hints
for getting more discussion, verbal response from these kids? I am also
starting each day with a question, to be explored in their journal and at
the end of class when they usually burn five minutes waiting for the
bell...I'm hoping the "informal" approach to vocabulary building will help
them better express themselves. Do you have any other suggestions for me?
These are high school kids, 9 - 12, in a somewhat rural, small district.
Most are fairly affluent, but few have had much exposure to cultural
opportunities. We're using block scheduling. What works for you?
Maybe reply: Mcracker: "Re: new year"