Nothing broke my teacher heart more than when I realized the following:
My students hate to read and write.
That is a generalization, of course, because I have students who have learned to enjoy the written word. But by and large, most assignments are met with collective moaning and groaning.
Today, I am amending the aforementioned truism to read as follows:
My students hate being forced to read and write.
I’m reminded of the words of my dear friend and youth pastor
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. However, put salt in his oats and that sucker will drink anything you present.
I want my lessons to be filled with salty oats. Creativity adds salt. I don’t want my lessons to be boring. Boring lessons do not make students thirsty. Quite frankly, boring lessons don’t make me thirsty either.
I bought a creative writing journal that is refreshingly salty. Hopefully, my classes will find it salty, too.
Parents, I have sent home the permission slip needed for your child to go on the “Divergent” field trip to Hometown Cinemas in Terrell. Please sign and have them returned with $4.00 before March 7 to guarantee a spot for your student.
Today we took the vocabulary quiz (I didn’t have a class meet last week’s challenge) on the social website “My Big Campus.” MBC has been available for a few years and I have used it on occasion but never really implemented it to the fullest. Partly because not all students have internet access at home, but it seems more and more students have smart phones (and yes, there’s an app for that).
Perhaps I’ll use it more often.
I have raised the stakes of this week’s vocabulary quiz. Any class that has all students making a 100 on the quiz will be exempt from any future vocabulary quizzes. ”May your grade reflect your preparation.”
It’s official….Mr. James and his students will be studying the worldwide bestselling dystopian novel “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. Starting February 7 we will begin reading the novel in class. Students will not need to get a copy of the novel because we will use the class set that came in a week ago.
And now the best part….
A movie theater has agreed to offer a private screening of the movie when it opens on March 21. The film is targeted to be a box office hit and we will get to see it before the masses. Details and permission forms will be sent home as the date gets closer.
It pays to be awesome. You’re welcome.
We have been enjoying “The Giver” in class and there is still a lot more to come. The next vocabulary quiz will be Wednesday, January 29. The words can be found here.
I am looking forward to the next novel we will study together. It’s a secret for now because I am waiting to get all my ducks in a row. Watch for more information as the ducks line up.
The next vocabulary quiz will be Wednesday, January 22. The quiz will be over “List Two” (original name, I know) and can be found by clicking here.
Students will need to study these words outside of class. The quiz format will be matching and should not take more than a few minutes to complete.
The sign was obviously created on a computer. Spell check fail.
I remember her face,
clutching her glasses case.
Black as the clouds in the sky,
I left as I watched her cry.
I wiped away my tears,
as the car shifted gears.
We were on the highway,
On a rainy summer day.
As I looked back,
my world went black.
Today, we wrote an 11 Minute Essay about the following truism:
“Nobody gets along all the time.”
On Tuesday, October 29, students will turn in a final draft of the essay with the following criteria:
- Is 250 words or more
- Has AAAWUBIS sentences
- Properly used Star Point words
- Must be handwritten
- Neat, with minimal corrections or scratch outs
It needs to be handwritten because we are practicing for the upcoming STAAR writing test.
I am looking forward to seeing all the progress my students have made since the beginning of the year.