Friday Focus 10-9-15
Learning for Life
This week in the classroom...
Daniel Bayless had small groups 'teaching' the rest of the class about early American authors in American Literature. They had to plan the lesson and carry it out. There was collaboration, communication, and creativity involved. They were even competing against another group to see who had the best lesson on their respective author.
Ashley DeVore's students were creating a pregnancy diet plan in child development. They were using Prezi or Powtoon to present their plan. It required student to understand good nutrition needed for expectant mothers.
Roger Robinson developed a project related to WWI. Students were collaborating through Google Docs to research a theme of WWI. The different parts will be compiled in a book that addresses several major themes of the war. Students were highly engaged in nonfiction writing and summarizing.
Brad Roweton's geography students were learning about the Jim Jones tragedy. It was a way to connect to South America and specifically Guyana. Students were asked to do some research on the events and that led to quality class discussion.
Audra VanHooser's English II students were writing essays connecting to the themes of To Kill a Mockingbird. She was modeling writing the essay herself on the smartboard as students worked on their first drafts.
There were several other classes I visited and good things were happening in each one.
As Ron and I visit classrooms, we are doing our best to follow-up with a personal conversation in addition to an email. I was able to do that with most of the visits this past week. I really enjoyed the conversations.
Wednesday, Oct 21 5:00-7:00PM
I sent a form to log the other two hours of parent communication. It needs to reflect activity during the window of Oct 9-31.