Monday, July 11, 2011
Knowledge Infusions (also known as summer school)
Tuesday, 22 bodies showed up in my room and the show was on. Two of the students were from the grade six class, 12 were from my class, and the rest from the other grade seven class.
The first day I gave them the initial grade seven RAD which is a reading strategy test. This was quite helpful to help me see who needed to work on what. Wednesday we read an article on Tom Thompson working on main idea and detail. The class had never heard of him nor the Group of Seven. And before you knew it they were doing projects on the Group of Seven.
Something else I wanted to see was if I didn't have my computer hotshots there would other students rise to the occasion. Well, we shall see, but it looks as if students are all learning now to do prezis and glogsters and bitstrips. And I can assure you they are teaching each other. You also have to love how familiar the students now are with The Group of Seven. All these students are the children of immigrants and some have only been in Canada a couple of years. Tomorrow we will all see the projects and if they look good (I am sure they will) I look forward to sharing them with some UBC student teachers on Wednesday.
I have set up the stations in a variety of ways. Today for instance half the class spent a hour each working on their projects in the computer lab and the rest did a group vocabulary lesson, then five or six did assignments on the ipads while I did a math lesson on multiplication of decimals with the rest and then we switched. After recess the first large group went to the computer lab and the rest went through the stations. This followed with a whole class reading of the first chapter of Call It Courage. Other days there has been a cretive writing station or a whole class reading strategy lesson etc. At the end of each day I give the students a few minutes to reflect on the day in writing.
Tomorrow after reading and responding, I will go over the assignment for the first novel chapter and give them working time and cycle groups through ten minute working times with the ipads. I also think I will work with whole group on math as well as we will all watch and evaluation presentations on the Goup of Seven.
Marking and prep take a lot less time with 22 kids as opposed to 29 and it's nice not to have to worry about teaching science or social studies or French, and there are no interruptions the way there are in regular school. And I think the kids are actually quite happy to be there. And now that I actually seem to be recovering from the common cold, so am I!