friday 10/13/17 - Reteaching of classroom procedures and activity #3: quick lab - creating a scaled diagramRead Now
FRIDAY 10/13/17 - RETEACHING OF CLASSROOM PROCEDURES AND ACTIVITY #3: QUICK LAB - CREATING A SCALED DIAGRAM
Today it was necessary to spend the majority of class time reteaching some classroom expectations and procedures. This week, on Monday, the students were asked to do a Warm-Up and an Exit Ticket like they have done on several other occasions. Instructions were written on the board and were discussed aloud with the entire class. When assessing the Warm-Ups and Exit Tickets it became very clear to me that many students were not following the instructions or meeting the expectations to receive credit. For this reason, I decided to reteach them the expectations by having them create a template for future reference.
Yesterday we attempted to use my class set of textbooks with our student number system. The result of this was a chaotic fiasco which wasted precious class time and left me hunting down the purloined textbooks - three of which have still not been found. For this reason, I found it necessary to discuss with the students how we can make this process better so that they do not have to carry their Science Textbook with them to school everyday.
In addition to this, it has become very obvious that many (most) students are not following through with the expectations for the start of class. Even though students are told EVERY DAY to come into the class quietly, not to talk, to write the Learning Target and Homework in their Agendas, and to address the Warm-up, students are continually off-task and carry-on their personal conversations and playground behavior inside the classroom. For this reason, I felt it was time to re-establish the expectations in a very concrete way (the topic of the exit ticket).
For each class period I wrote the Warm-Up Template and Exit Ticket with them in real time and told them this would be due at the end of the period. This template will then be stapled into the inside front cover of the ISN to serve for future reference.
Each class period then had 10-15 minutes to continue working on their Scaled Diagram Activity #3. I again went over the expectations for this assignment and discussed the very rough model I created for them on the board. This assignment is due on Monday, 10/16/17.
Mrs. Batt is the 7th grade Life Science teacher at Hawthorne Middle School.