Blog 5: Questions for an English coordinator

In preparation for an English coordinator visiting class here are possible questions:

  • What materials should you bring to an interview?
  • How many people are normally present? a principle, a coordinator?
  • How quickly back to people normally hear back?
  • Do you have any tips someone should know for their first interview?

Resume

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uSK8ofnk3sbH-RKiJh7PX85ms5OAr-lt_K9wMIHnSts/edit?usp=sharing

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Blog post 3: Games in the classroom

Board games. Card games. Computer games. Review games. Video games. Games. Games. Games.

Who doesn’t love playing games? Kids love games. Preteens love games. Teenagers love games. Adults love games. Announcing to students you are going to play a game is a sure way to create excitement and student interest on even the dreariest of days.

Reasons to use a game in the classroom:

  1. Pre-assessment
  2. Review
  3. Collaborative learning
  4. Stations
  5. Reward

How? Why? & Examples!

Pre-assessing through the use of a game or competition excites the students and they will want to win.

Reviewing through quizzes as a competition lets students compete and teachers save time analyzing data by printing it from the sites.

Quiz sites:

  • Kahoot- A site with quizzes and the capability to create your own. Students use an electronic device, a username, and quiz code to answer questions. Real time data and answer appear on the screen. Teacher’s are able to print results for their records. A website or downloadable mobile application!
  • Quizizz-A site with quizzes and the capability to create your own. Students use an electronic device and a username to answer quiz questions. Real time data and answer appear on the screen. Teacher’s are able to print results for their records. A website or downloadable mobile application!
    • https://quizizz.com/
  • Plickers- a mobile application for the teacher’s phone. Students receive paper images that register through the teacher’s phone as she scans the room. The direction that students hold the image determines their answer choice. Results are displayed to the class and printable for the teacher. This is a great option if your students do not have access to an internet capable device during class! Cards are free to print! (I would highly recommend laminating for multiple use.

Review

  • Jeopardy- a classic game show on T.V. and in the classroom! This game is perfect for review on units and before end of the year tests. Split students into your desired amount of teams and have them work together to choose categories, point amounts, and answers. This team element helps alleviate the pressure for unsure students and everyone has the chance to win.

Stations

  • Using stations will allow your students to get moving and think in a number of different ways during one class period. Create groups for your students, do not forget to consider skill levels and personalities. Have the same amount of groups as you have stations. Have them go in a set order around the room for smoother transitions.
  • Use stations for big units!
    • Genre
    • Parts of speech
    • Novels
  • Genre example: each station represents a genre. Each group rights one trait specific to the genre on a list. Each group writes one literary example of the genre. Have each group add a sentence to create a story that fits the genre!

Reward

  • Games are a great reward during testing when class periods get longer and students get restless.
  • Assign students to groups and have them play against each other and learn as they go!
    • Travel guide/Order of importance- Organize students into groups. Assign them a location that they are traveling to. As a group they can only bring 2-5 things and must list them in Order of importance. Each group will share with the class and other groups can challenge a group’s list.
    • Categories- Create teams. Have students take turns coming to the front and testing their vocabulary skills by saying words that fit a category in a 5 second time limit until one person is unable to come up with a word. (Category examples: countries, British novels, fairy tales, languages, books that have been made into movies, authors)
    • These games and more came from this blog post! https://www.myenglishteacher.eu/blog/5-quick-games-at-any-stage-of-an-english-lesson/
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Blog Post 2. Videos in the classroom

Teachers have been using film in the classroom since it became available. I am always met with flashbacks of a TV on a cart rolling into the room with  a promise of Bill Nye The Science Guy and Magic School Bus making it a fun day. As I begin my teaching my career, I have a few tips to offer when selecting to videos to show during class.

Tips to consider when choosing videos for class:

  1. Will this video teach/explain the topic better than you can?
  2. Length! Plan to show the whole video; this can be at once or in well timed chunks for longer videos.
  3. What purpose does this video serve in your classroom? Is the video’s purpose the same as it is being used in your room?
  4. Tell the students what you were intending for them to gain from the

 

Some favorites:

Youtube: it has tons of great clips for any subject. It can be used to play an audio version of a book or to explain a concept. Music videos are also a fun way to make connections! Epic Rap battles of History and Thug Notes are two of my favorite channels but should be used with discretion.

Film Adaptations of classics: 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s The Man, Romeo + Juliet, The Crucible, and The Wizard of Oz

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Blog 1: Professional communication and a welcoming environment

Email home:

Dear Parents and/or guardians of students,

I am Ms. Southworth your students English teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. I am looking forward to teaching and learning with your student everyday this school year. I also look forward to working with you to ensure that your student is gaining everything they can out of this school year.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns as they may arise.  Email is best for a fast response. I will do my best to reply quickly.

Contact information:

Megan Southworth

school phone: 888-888-8888 ext 888

email: hslfjhg@lfnjsl.com

(likely an online grade book or classroom with messaging capabilities (edline, edmodo, canvas, class dojo)

 

Classroom rules:

Be respectful.

Take care of our room/environment/space.

For me when teaching:
Be engaging.
Grade quickly.
Always give specific feedback.
Diverse Learners:

Teaching Diverse learners is something that happens in every classroom. That means the teacher is actively using resources (song, novel, popular culture) to connect with their students and make it something they want to learn about. It also means teaching in more than one way to reach your students. While some students can learn from a power point, others will learn better when they physically get to manipulate something.

A teacher can not shy from the hard topics to discuss. It is our job to give them a safe space to discuss and the tools to discuss the hard topics respectfully. Have clear rules about what is acceptable to be said and what isn’t. Be sure it is clear who is speaking. It is okay to debate a topic but there will be no insulting another student or teacher for their opinions or questions. Do not shy from the topics that make you uncomfortable. Do not only use history to discuss hard topics, talk about current news too. The Holocaust, Trail of tears, Race, Black lives Matter, the removal of statues, glass ceilings, and so much more, are the topics of many pieces of literature and deserve to be discussed in the classroom.

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Email Home

Dear Parents and/or guardians of students,

I am Ms. Southworth your students English teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. I am looking forward to teaching and learning with your student everyday this school year. I also look forward to working with you to ensure that your student is gaining everything they can out of this school year.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns as they may arise. I will do my best to respond within 24 hours when possible. Email is best for a fast response and will allow me to hopefully get back to you throughout the day.

 

Excited for the school year,

Megan Southworth

 

 

Contact information:

school phone: 888-888-8888 ext 888

email: hslfjhg@lfnjsl.com

(likely an online grade book or classroom with messaging capabilities (edline, edmodo, canvas, class dojo)

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