Monday, August 31, 2015

What to include in your summary - year 9

On Tuesday you focus on writing your summaries of the short stories you read last week. Here's some suggestions on what to include...we'll talk more about it in class though. :

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Swedish students try Kiwi candy!

Here's the video that I promised in June(!)  - where my students taste some Kiwi candy - unfortunately some of you may not be able to see it as Mac doesn't support Java, but for me it works with Safari as web browser. Thanks for the treats Kerri and students!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Our account on Twitter

I have started an account on Twitter for our work with Global Read Aloud (GRA). @Erikslundskolan - feel free to follow us!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Plan for year 9 + instructions for first theme

Here's the plan for the fall semester for year 9:

and here's the link to the plan, if you prefer that:

Here are the instructions for the first theme of the school year - "I read therefore I am!" - reading a short story and writing a summary.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Plan for English year 8 + instructions for first theme

Here comes a preliminary plan for year 8....things could change but this is the rough plan.

Here's the link to the document if you want that instead:

Here's some info about the first theme of the school year - World Englishes:

On Tuesday we will start working on a theme project called "World Englishes" ... here's a little taster until then....

and these videos might come in handy ... after we have started working on the project:

Looking forward to some great English lessons this year! :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The students are here!!! Yippie!

The students are back!!! Yes!!! Yesterday the wonderful creatures arrived back in school to start a new school year and the school buildings are alive again! Their classroom has had its brick walls painted white and I've added a couple of posters in English: classroom expectations and some pointers for self assessment. The phrases of the week from last school year are hanging on the side of a cupboard in the classroom, and we hope to add more phrases throughout the semester.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Step in and be a star! Snapshots from today

This is what the students will see when I open the door for them next week. Hopefully (!) they will step in and be the stars that they are! :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Short story template

I'm continuing working with Canva a bit, I really like it and I hope to have the time to make good templates for various assignments in reading and writing. Today I made the one above - my students will read short stories at the beginning of the semester and this might be a good way for them to make notes while reading. In the long run this will also help them when writing a summary of the short story later on. Feel free to use if you want.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Don't forget your self assessment

I hope to use this poster in my classrooms and to come back to it every week. The students should be able to jot down two-three things that they have an opinion about after the lessons. This way they are challenged to reflective thinking. 

and here's an empty document for the students to write on....feel free to use it if you want.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In this classroom.....

This will hang in my classrooms shortly...many more things could be added of course, but it's a good start. :)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Global Read Aloud - looking forward to reading and global collaboration

I've registered for GRA (Global Read Aloud), starting on October 5. First time for this. Looking forward to doing this project with my 8th graders - and time willing we hope to reconnect with some "old" hangouters from New Zealand from last school year. Reading aloud in the classroom is not something we do very much, but it's definitely something that needs to be done MORE. Kids today are so visually stimulated through their screens (mobiles, tvs, computers, ipads ...) that it's only a good thing to try to turn those eyes away for a while, and to focus on listening - and to listen for a long period of time. To listen and to make up your own visions in your head. Really excited about this!

The book chosen is Fish by L.S. Matthews.