After our reading of "Raymond's Run", I wanted to find a way to engage students in thinking about character that would also get them up and moving since they had been sitting and doing some quiet thinking/reading work for a few days. I decided to craft a new playlist station activity with a focus on … Continue reading Exploring Characterization in “Raymond’s Run” with Playlist Stations
As you know, I love trying new learning activities and strategies. I'm teaching a formal short story unit this year for the first time in years, and I wanted to do something fun and meaningful to kick off our first whole class story study. This summer I purchased this bundle of awesome activities from "Write … Continue reading Getting Ready for a Short Story with Pre-Reading Learning Stations
In my last post, I shared a preview of my playlists with stations first days activity. We used the first three days of class to engage in a variety of literacy learning tasks to engage students in classroom community building, engage in some reading and writing, and knock out some beginning of the year tech … Continue reading Playlists with Stations Are Music to My Ears—Best Ever First Days of School FTW!
Today was our first day of preplanning, and we engaged in three breakout meetings to tackle beginning of the year topics. Our administration divided faculty and staff into three groups, and we completed three rotations of 45 minute session. The first session I attended was led by Assistant Principal Libbie Armstrong ; she introduced a teaching … Continue reading A Playful and Powerful Twist on Stations: Playlists
Springtime in Georgia brings abundant pollen, April showers, restless middle school learners, and the state end of year Milestones testing. This year I decided to craft "work at your own pace" station rotations that emphasized the three types of writing prompts students would see plus some additional stations to support our study of poetry and … Continue reading “Milestones Mania and More!” Station Rotations and Review