Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I'm a Flipgrid ambassador!

I'm honored to have been chosen as one of the Summer 2017 Class of Flipgrid ambassadors. I really like Flipgrid and it will be something that I will use quite frequently to be able to give all my students a voice. In class today I was having my students record their answers and reflections to a short story they had read. Before that I used it to document my students reflections on gun control in the USA or as a follow-up to a news article about Botox. It can be used for so many things and I will return to how I have used it in more detail as time allows. #flipgridfever  https://info.flipgrid.com/

Friday, May 19, 2017

Snapshot - there are some national tests to correct and assess....

Pile shows all the national tests I have to correct and assess within three weeks. Around 580 tests = 10 minutes á 580 = 5800 minutes = close to 97 hours = more than two whole weeks of work. I get three days "off" to work my way through the pile....then it's up to me! But, wait, I am supposed to still have all my lessons and to keep doing everything else on top of this? I sure am! It's indeed a crazy situation, one that needs to improve! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Non-fiction reading comprehensions - a few tips

The last few lessons of the school year in English 5 we will devote to reading comprehensions, and especially the non-fictional variety. I am giving my students a selection of different kinds of reading comprehensions, and some of them I have taken from this excellent web site: E reading worksheets

Here is one about the Maginot Line

and finally one about Nutrition Facts

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Snapshot from today - writers through time and place

Starting tomorrow the national tests for English 5 kick off with the writing test. On Friday the same procedure for the students in English 6. At the same time I am starting the first part of the final project in English 6 by giving them a picture of a famous person. Their job is to find out who the person is and to present their findings in a keynote accompanied by a voice-over. A critical evaluation of the sources used should also be included. Handing out the pictures I quickly understood that the majority of the writers were unknown to them, only Shakespeare and Churchill were subjects for identification. Below a few of the ones I handed out.
From top left to bottom right: Alice Walker, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Wole Soyinka, Nadine Gordimer, Toni Morrison, Arundhati Roy and Oscar Wilde.