Instructional Innovations

MCHS Newsletter: Week of September 28

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Banned and Busted: Literacy For All

This week is the American Library Association's Banned Books Week--a week where book nerds everywhere rejoice in the freedom to read anything they want to read. Whether you're a reader or not, as educators, we all know that literacy is a foundational piece of a solid education. This is the point where I could spout various articles and theories backing up my assertion that reading is really important, but a) you already know this and b) I don't want to bore you. Instead, I want to focus on the personal benefits from living life as a reader. This week's article highlights student voices speaking about their relationship with books.

Lauren Chitwood, Senior

Reading is like an escape to me. I've lived in the same place my whole life, but whenever I pick up a book, I'm instantly in a whole new world. Books break up the boring and allow me to go anywhere in the world or beyond without every leaving my couch.

Josie McKenzie, Senior

Reading a good book is something I do in my spare time. I love to read but only if it is a good book. Reading is relaxing, and it makes me forget about the real life problems I have.

"The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame." Oscar Wilde

Tray Adkins, Sophomore

I enjoy reading now because of a book called We Beat the Streets. I enjoyed it, but I don't really even like reading but once I read it I fell in love with the book--like love at first sight.

Daija Wallace, Senior

I read because I love stories. I love the quirky characters and the crazy places they seem to always live in. Everytime I start a new book, I settle into the pages as if I am a character in the story, too. Reading a good book and falling in love with it are the best feelings a person could feel. Once you open yourself up to new works of literature, you open yourself up to the possibility of being swept away and you become vulnerable to the character's thoughts and emotions. It's beautiful. I read because I love it. I read because books are like good friends--they're always there for you.

Isaiah Freeman, Freshman

I do it because I be bored and I have nothing else to do. It cool!

Check out the Media Center this week to read more blurbs about the role reading plays in our students' and fellow teachers' lives. We'd also love to "bust you" reading a book to add to our wall of "criminals."

Caught in the Act...

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This week's "Caught in the Act" teacher is Mrs. Lynn Booth. Mrs. Booth has been teaching for ten years. She has a degree in Family and Consumer Science, but she didn't start out in education, rather she worked in finance for ten tears. This is the second year of the culinary program here at MCHS, and it continues to grow. In the two Family and Consumer Science pathways: Nutrition and Food Science and Culinary Arts, there are currently 150 students, resulting in a full classroom each period for Mrs. Booth.

What I really enjoy about Mrs. Booth's theory of teaching is that it is rooted in the real world; many of her lessons are problem-based, so kids really get a feel for how what they're learning might transcend the classroom. You might be thinking, sure her lessons are rooted in the real world, she is a CTAE teacher teaching kids who want to be there and want to learn about FCS--standards that apply to everyday living. However, Mrs. Booth goes above and beyond teaching kids how to bake. For instance, students in her classes right now are acting as FBI agents to investigate a type of bacteria. The kids will then take their research and report it using a 'Most Unwanted' poster. You won't find kids baking in this lesson, but they will be employing literacy strategies such as research and analysis as they create their posters.

Mrs. Booth and her trusty sidekicks, her FCCLA members, have teamed up to create an incredible FCCLA program here at MCHS. You'll see these kids throughout the year as they cater events, compete in FCCLA competitions, and don capes as superheroes in this week's Homecoming parade.

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