Thursday, September 29, 2016

Snapshots from today

Today during lesson time we chose to stop our reading of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" mid-way through, in order to analyze and describe the traits/likes/dislikes of the main character in the book - Christopher. The class was divided into their study groups - eight of them - and cooperated in noting down words describing Christopher. Each group then presented their findings on the whiteboard. I also put the words into a canvas-poster that I put up in the classroom.

Here's the poster all put together: 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

This exit ticket really made my day!

Needless to say really, but this exit ticket made my day. The students were asked "What have you learned this week?" and this student's answer blew me away. I've succeeded in making this student feel comfortable in my classroom and in understanding that making mistakes is part of the learning process... A good feeling indeed. :)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Q&A with Lakeside Junior High, Springdale, Arkansas

Today my students got the chance to hang out with some students at Lakeside Junior High in Springdale, Arkansas through Google Hangout. We had prepared some topics to discuss - prisons, health care, education, diversity and the Nordic model. Each group had prepared some questions - and imagined possible answers to the questions coming in- and the discussion went on for close to 60 minutes. So educational - among other things, we found out that you may have to pay 5,000 dollars to mend a broken arm in the U.S., that there are "ladies' etiquette clubs" and "gentlemen's clubs" as extra-curricular activities at Lakeside Junior High, that a general type of lunch could be a chicken sandwich and that a typical stereotype of a southerner is a person in overalls playing a banjo. :)

Thanks to Brian for arranging yet another great Hangout! And thanks to my awesome students!

Link to video clip from Hangout