Check out the math workshop model we use in 6th grade math. The students are paired in small, flexible groups to allow them to interact with the math in multiple ways. Some examples include hands on games, problem solving strategies, and intervention time with the teacher.
This week the students were asked to write about a memory from their summer. Once they picked a favorite part of the summer vacation they were asked to zoom in to a very specific part of that memory, a small moment. From that point we began the writing process, beginning with the brainstorming of memories and the initial outlining of our ideas.
As we continue writing using the writing process, we will model our small moment paragraph after the "sandwich" paragraph model. Using the bread as the opening and conclusion, while all the insides act as the support to make the sandwich taste better.
In our first two weeks beck and school we began to get to know one another better through activities that both had us sharing a little bit about ourselves and activities that had us engaging with people that we don’t always talk to. The students each had an opportunity to share about themselves through our Shoebox Autobiographies. Each student presented some objects, in a shoebox, that represented who they are and painted a picture of the things that make them tick. Some students shared trophies, pictures, and Jerseys, while others shared trinkets from collections or souvenirs from their travels. This was just one way we spent time getting to know one another. I appreciate how open each member of the class was in sharing the things most personal to them.
We also took time practicing acts of kindness. The students were each asked to compliment one another in a anti-bullying campaign activity. Throughout the year we will continue to practice anti-bullying strategies and finding ways to make one another feel safe and confident in the classroom. Enjoy some positive music to continue to promote kindness (and some pictures from our first week).
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