Thursday, January 24, 2013

No exit, no return

Originally posted on 12/17/2012 on Weebly

One of the things I pride myself on is after a decade of teaching the same subject I am constantly changing the way I teach. It would be easier to just pull last year's assignment out of a binder and implement it but my ADD kicks in or I hear about some new way to engage and I change it all over again.

I have been considering implementing an Exit Ticket system in my class for years but I find it is so hard to give up the time when I only have forty five minutes. I was feeling really disjointed this year so I decided to try the exit ticket system when it made sense. I wanted to challenge the kiddos a bit more than, "What did you learn?" and I certainly was not going to ask them, "What questions do you still have?" Because my kids' questions tend to range around' "Can I eat pretzels in class?" to "Can I tell you about my new puppies?. 
So far I ha've asked my kiddos to write acrostics...


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And letters home to England

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But my favorite were haikus on the Articles of Confederation.

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The kids definitely did way beyond where I had gauged their performance. I used to do this assignment as a large project (write 10 haikus on the French and Indian War). I really think I will put this in my rotation or processing assignments.

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