Today I saw my high school first grade class for the first time. Here they are:
I thought about putting up their junior high first grade picture for comparison, but I'm afraid they'd lynch me.
Here's the junior high second grade reading class.
And finally, here are the first graders working on an assignment.
Due to orientation, holidays and school activities, I actually will not see my junior high first grade class next week, and due to Golden Week and St. Julie's Day, I will only see them once the following week. However, in two weeks time, we'll read a short non-fiction article called "Weird Fruit" about, as the title suggests, a weird fruit that two travelers found while on vacation in Thailand.
The second graders will do "Getting a Haircut in the Army", a very funny Civil War story about a haircut gone wrong. This was taken from the book The Blue and the Gray by Henry Steele Commager.
The third graders will do "Rock Garden", a short story by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston. This is a story about a young Japanese girl in an internment camp in California during WWII. This led to some rather interesting things on my board this week, as I suggested that my students look up "Sitting Bull", "Ghost Dance" and "Wounded Knee" to understand the story a little better.
The High School First Graders will do "Hi. My name is Scott", a lesson from their Totally True textbook.
I won't see my high school second grade class. I totally meant to take a picture of them ... but didn't.
This week, the third grade students got to try out a new game I made for powerpoint. This one was based off of family feud. I think it went quite well.
投稿者 nelp : 15:21
The new school year has begun. All of my students have come back, and I have a whole new grade to teach.
Here is my junior high school 3rd grade class:
There are currently 12 students in my 3rd grade class.
Here is my junior high school 2nd grade class:
There are currently 7 students in my 2nd grade class.
Finally, here is my junior high school 1st grade class:
There are five students in my 1st grade class.
All of my students are doing wonderfully so far this year. The third grade students are more motivated than ever before, with many students turning in homework early. We already had our first speaking activity, a group discussion, and I was VERY happy to see that everyone really did well. I was particularly pleased with one group of students who used to be very quiet, but during this speaking activity were very active and outgoing.
The third graders have already had their first reading assignment: a short humorous article on How to Act Like a Superstar. One of our activities was discussion the good points and bad points of being famous.
The second graders have not yet had their first reading assignment. However, they took an assessment test this week to see how much of the Progress in English Book 2 material they have mastered so far. I was very pleased. They did quite well considering they've never actually studied most of it. They also are showing more confidence this year.
The first graders have been full of surprises all week. They've already handed in two assignments: all EARLY. For one of their assignments, I told them "Don't worry. We'll do that in class later this week." The next day, it was not only done, and not only handed in early, but the work itself was excellent. I've just finished grading their spring homework, and I can really see that, while there's work to be done, their level is very high. As an added bonus for me, there doesn't appear to be a significant difference in their levels, so this class will be quite a bit more balanced. This week, the students read the poem "For Sale" by Shel Silverstein.
Next week, the first grade will read "Turkish Delight" by Hamdiye Celik. This is a selection from the Visions textbook, and I think it's one of the more enjoyable selections in the book.
The second grade students will read the short science fiction story "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury. It's quite dark and gloomy, but there's a lot to talk about and the darkness of the story will be nicely balanced by the next reading, which is a humorous non-fiction account of a hair-cut gone awry during the U.S. Civil War.
The third graders will only have two lessons next week, so we'll do supplementary activities.
I had my first lesson with my high school second grade class, and it was very nice to see them. I didn't have a chance to take a photo, but perhaps next week.
I haven't seen my high school first grade class or my 8th period high school NELP class, but I'm looking forward to seeing them on the 24th.
投稿者 nelp : 18:57