I started participating in #teach180 on Monday, and it's been a lot of fun so far. (Though I do have to admit I'm a little nervous about forgetting to take a picture one of these days. It's possible that I am a little bit of a perfectionist.) One of the benefits of taking a picture of my school life and tweeting it every day is that I have a record of some of the highlights of my school week.
So here's a review of my third week of the school year:
Monday was Tough Love Day, which I've already blogged about.
Tuesday was Gold Star Day: Although a lot of my students struggled on their first quiz, I did have quite a few students who scored 90% of better. Those students got a gold star with their name and class period on it which I put up on my back chalkboard. The title "Wir können" means We can, and then I have the topic of the quiz posted (German 1 Greetings and Alphabet on the left, German 3/4 Conversational Past, Narrative Past, and Past Perfect on the right). The stars have magnets on the back so I can move and change them as we go on to new topics.
On Wednesday my German 1 students made their first foldable when I taught them the subject pronouns. We used a Shutterflap 6, which is perfect for a lot of grammar topics because it has a spot for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person in singular and plural.
These are the student supply boxes which I have at every table. The cards on the left are conversation practice cards - one set for 1st year and one set for 3/4. They are available to students whenever they finish early and need something to do. I though I had blogged about these already, but I guess not. A topic for another post...
We also played Ich habe, wer hat? for the first time Wednesday in German 1. Some of the students had played I have, who has? in elementary school, but it still took the classes some time to get the hang of it. So, times were slow, but everyone had fun. (For the record per. 4 had the fastest time, but they messed up and had to do a re-start to get that time, and per. 5 had the fastest time on a first try.)
Here's a look at my new alphabet in my new room for this year. The colorful letters are Alphabet Circle Stamp Clip Art from Mr. Math Coach's Teachers Pay Teachers store and cost only $1 - a great deal!
On Friday, German 1 students took their first vocabulary quiz of the year. Scores were MUCH better than on the first quiz: in one of my sections, the average on the first quiz was 64%, while on this one it went up to 87%. I think Tough Love Monday may have had the desired effect... I hope!