I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
After much consideration and downright dithering, I have decided to return to blogging about my daily class plans in this space again for the 2017-18 school year. I hope this daily exercise will be beneficial for my students and parents and possibly even other teachers; I learned in my first year of blogging that this daily reflection helped me to become a better teacher. And so, in no small part in my own self-interest, I am returning.
August 31, 2017
Semester 1, Day 4
We started class again today with 10 minutes of independent reading. I am excited that my classroom library is getting good use already (thanks to the donations from many parents last year). Ten minutes always feels too short, but I am sticking with good research that touts the benefits of keeping the time short but consistent (most every day). Those who already enjoy reading will find time to read more each day, and those who have lost the joy of reading are willing to engage for 10 minutes, while longer stretches feel more challenging.
After reading, we continued to work on skills to help students master some formal writing standards in the ACES paragraph format. Today's focus was introducing quotes. After reviewing four methods of introducing quotations in the Writer's Reference Handbook (page 10), I asked students to practice each method using the space provided on page 11 of the handbook, but using the quotes they selected from "Why Everyone Should Read Harry Potter" instead.
Once students finished that practice activity, they could complete the ACES planning sheet for the current prompt and then begin writing their response to the prompt. Each student must bring a complete paragraph response to class tomorrow. The guidelines for the paragraph are:
1. Hand write or type in paragraph format
2. Double space (skip lines if hand writing)
3. Follow ACES guidelines on page 2 of the handbook
4. Put a username (NOT a real name) on the paper to allow for anonymous peer editing
Homework: Complete the paragraph response to the prompt on the ACES planning guide and bring a paper copy to class tomorrow.
Allison Houck, MAT