As most of you know, I’m in graduate school. My program (Reading Education/Specialist) is largely directed towards lower-grades teaching. Lit circles, phonics instruction, and kid centers don’t have much of a place in my classroom, but there are some great ideas I can tweak to better teach 7th grade social studies. Combine those ideas with the constant/insane amount of content that’s I read and browse through via the web, journals, texts, etc., and we’re going to have a little fun in April. Mr. Little’s classroom is going to become a “Learning Laboratory,” where we try out different ideas and take another approach to learning. Not that I do things in a very traditional manner, but I think even to my students in my room, this will be a pleasant, engaging, and empowering change of pace.
Monday in class will feature some breakout into groups to do read and share these articles. Students may read them here, too. When done (for homework), students need to leave a comment with the following instruction below:
Write a one paragraph reflection. Using at least 3 ideas we discussed, what how do you think you can learn better at school?
Students should leave ONLY their First name and LAST initial, with their class period (Ex: “Justin B., 9th Period)