It’s spring…even though we just got several inches of snow today… and I just realized I’m in a rut of response to behavior again. For my chatty period 3 kids, I am going to do an April Fool’s trick of putting out their notebooks where I want them to sit and enforcing it. And then I’m going to put the clock behind fifteen minutes and see how long it takes them to notice!! (There were a few other cute April 1 ideas on the Yahoo list.)
I tried asking nicely for polite behavior, re-running the rules in a very strict voice, and a couple of my other worn-out things…but it’s been a while since we’ve told regular stories, and like I mentioned yesterday, hormones are here. So I am going back to the old Power Teaching stuff, combined with the new seating chart, and we’ll work for no minutes after class. Hate to do that. And I wish I had started and continued the popsicle-stick partner idea (new partner every month, per Carol). But that’s for next year.
I had a great time with the advanced kids today, telling yesterday’s song’s story and singing it, then reading. Very simple lesson plan, but I could see the advanced kids have come far in their reading. Lovely. And the middle groups seem to be moving quickly too. It’s amazing what reading does. I’m going to finish a book at last with the advanced kids and have them do some writes or character maps a la Jody (check out her website!).
Still working on how to grade reading, now that Scott has unmasked the problem with my usual plan of having kids translate a paragraph out of the book they’re reading. Instead, what do you think of this: I will have the kids write questions in English, write the answers in Russian in their notebooks, then they trade questions…I plan to quickly teach them to write four questions that are literal and one that is not. That way, three or four correct of the literal will get the proficient grade, and all five right will get the exceeding grade, with me as arbitrer. I figure that’s not as much fun as the cube game, but it will get them to re-read the section twice at least.