Thursday, September 29, 2011
Today was english test day…need I say more? Let me tell you about the positive and the negative. I’ll start with the negative so we’ll have something to look forward to. 🙂
Negative: My english test is always a 1 page test with about mmmm….15 sentences on it. Today’s test had 3 sections.
Section 1: 4 or 5 sentences to label the dependent clause and the independent clause
Section 2: 5 sentences to label the simple subject, simple predicate, complete subject, and complete predicate
Section 3: 5 sentences to label each word as the part of speech it belongs to
I would say it should take the kids about 20 minutes (at the most) to complete the test.
Are you ready??????? Including the review of english and the test itself we spent 1 hour on english today in once class and 1 hour 20 minutes in the other class.
I know I have already said this in a previous post (or previous postS)-I.have.got.to.change.something.with.english.
It is taking entirely toooooooo long which takes time away from our reading and writing. I talked with another teacher today to ask their opinion and have decided to shorten the test-maybe only have 2 sentences in each section. OR-I might go ahead and start my Daily Grammar Practice and this will be the ONLY english we do each day each week. Anyway, whatever I decide will be implemented beginning Monday-I CANNOT afford to spend this much time on english each day!!! You would think that english is a foreign language to us and not our native language. 🙂
Positive: I separated the 3 sections of the test onto 3 different sheets of paper for about 6 students in each class to help them focus and not be so overwhelmed. This decision was made after meeting with a parent earlier this week. Also, I let them take the test at my small group table AND I helped each one with the test. Like really helped them. Like gave them a few answers. 🙂
Anywhoo-I’ll let you know what I decide for next week’s plan for english!
We made up some sentence with our spelling words-I am using 10 high frequency words that are being misspelled and misused in their writing. After the test they will go up on our word wall so that they will BE SPELLED AND USED CORRECTLY!!!
We read our passage again and practiced our “reciprocal teaching” in groups. They changed roles today. We will do this again tomorrow before the test so that they will have had 3 jobs in their groups. The jobs are PREDICTOR, QUESTIONER, CONNECTOR, AND SUMMARIZER. I think I might add CLARIFIER onto the CONNECTOR job. It went much smoother today. This is what I overheard while walking around and listening:
1. It is impossible to predict something-we have already read the entire text!
2. I’m having a hard time making a connection to anything in this passage.
So, I think I’ll let the connector also clarify things that need clearing up. 🙂
We did 2 short rounds of FAB FIVE(Daily 5). BUT-I also got 2 mini-lessons in!!!!!!!! Here is what it looked like:
Mini-lesson: Anchor chart for writing a comparing/contrasting essay. (Each class gave me their input, I wrote it on the board, and had a student record it for me on a sheet of notebook paper, then after school I made the actual chart on chart paper)
Round 1-I pulled my 3rd small group this week to finish up our note sheet on our comprehension strategies.
Mini-lesson: We talked about “reading voraciously” or reading A LOT! I had them work with a partner to come up with 2 places they either like to read or just 2 places that you can read. Then they had to think of when they can read. We shared these with me writing them on the board and one of my students recording onto notebook paper-then I made the actual anchor chart after school. (I have to do it this way since I teach 2 classes)
This is one of our reading goals that I added to our CAFE reading menu board.
Round 2-I pulled my 4th and last small group to finish the comprehension strategy note sheet. I love working with small groups! 🙂
Then I helped 1 of my students with his reading response letter. I love working with individuals EVEN MORE than small groups! 🙂 🙂
Now I’ve got to figure out how to make my small group/individual time about1 hour or a little more!!! HELP! 🙂