A Little Holiday Downtime.....
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Before break we had some great work happening with my little tribe of students. My district has started a pretty intense new teacher evaluation system and one of my SMART goals was to increase scores for nonfiction text features and structure as a support to the ELA teacher. I was trying to find the best way to support here and I just kept coming back to entrance tickets and something I have been doing for months. I finally got off my butt and made these:
My Twitter boards for entrance and exit tickets! Every class gets their own board and every kids gets a Twitter space. In order to support the nonfiction work done in the ELA classroom, I created text structure questions based upon our current content.
For my eighth grade, I was able to ask them some great questions that would prepare them for a district Declaration of Independence module. I track all the information in a spreadhseet on Google Drive and am able to share this information with my ELA tam mate. We're going to be creating intervention groups and this information came in real handy!
|This question was, "What was a Patriot?" I got amazing and speedy data from using this method.|
What I really love about this method is the rich and SPEEDY data I get. I am horrible at timely grading and this keeps me on my toes because I can't give a new question until I have taken down the last question. This means, I have to grade it or I end up throwing away great data. I have started a new page on this blog to share my entrance ticket questions with you. They are extremely tailored for my classroom but they might be helpful to you if you are looking for ideas! Click here to take a peak.
My seventh graders thing that Hammurabi's Code is hysterical and mesmerizing all at the same time. To capture their interest, I created a full Launch, Explore, Assess activity. First I have the kids explore the code, then I have them play a group game where I give them various scenarios that break a law in ancient Babylonia. As a team they need to find the law it breaks and tell me the punishment Hammurabi would have doled out. As an assessment, I put the kiddos into groups and they had to create plays to portray their three favorite laws. They had to act out the crime, the trial and the punishment. We are putting the plays on after break and I'm going to use the stage in our cafeteria. The kids are so excited to use the stage.
|Having more fun making the props than they should!|
used an activity I already created with my seventh grade and it work fabulously! The kids gathered their evidence with one group, made group posters with another group, and were able to do a gallery walk to gather evidence from all the posters. I also did this in the hall because, man..... the kids just love to leave the classroom!!!
Not only did the kids love it but it really helped to ease anxiety. Many of my students are still struggling with gathering textual evidence and in this situation, they were going to have to write an essay based on evidence. Knowing they would be able to gather information from the peers eased their tension and for me, I knew that they would have good modeling to use for their next activity in gathering information.
I'm going to go back to cuddling with my kids now. Super Mario 3D world is calling me and a 35th episode on Phineas and Ferb. The best part, though, is the hugs and kisses!