ASHLEY SHOUTOUT - Week ending 10/26
Today's shoutout belongs to Ashley! You made an awesome mask! WOO HOO!!!!
GUESS WHAT? I am so excited because I have a great leadership team in charge here at BJHS and I get to go to a FANTASTIC professional development class, called: Echos and Reflections!!!! According to their website, Echos and Reflections is, "The Leading holocaust education PROGRAM that includes everything educators need to teach the complex issues of the Holocaust to 21st century students."
My kids (11th graders) read "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" for summer reading and "Night" for their 1st novel. This means that about 5 weeks are used for an indepth study over the Holocaust while we study 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction novel.
I (sadly) didn't do well in History in high school. It was NOT Mrs. Deaton's fault, I was in choir and band and took History the summer ahead so I could free up one period a day for both music classes. I cheated myself and I am paying for it now! I try to incorporate a "Today in History" on my board everyday so I can help out the History department but also because I don't know a lot of the major historical date, names, places, and etc. I use it as a talking point to get the class going. Sometimes we incorporate it into our daily journal but mostly just to get the brains working.
Well, when I started teaching "Night" a few years ago, I had to really study about the Holocaust. I have learned a lot and can pass along a lot of great information, that I hope is historically accurate, to my kiddos! This class is going to help me learn so much more about the Holocaust and I am so excited to be going with some of the other English teachers! It's in November so I will let you all know when.
Kiddos - 2 things: 1) Be nice to the sub while I am gone or the fussing and the homework will flow until I am fully conviced you are sorry and 2) Be ready for me to share when I get back! <3
Kids and teachers have been using social media websites for a while now and Edmodo is a social network available to teachers and students to use in an academic setting that benefits both groups! It's a lot like Facebook in the way you can comment on a wall for your entire class to see and respond to. You can also upload links, photos, documents and more! I have an Edmodo and all my kids added themselves to our class groups last week. We are trying it out this week so I invite you to communicate to your classmates and ask questions! You are all doing the same Gatsby project and your classmates are a wealth of information. You can also download the app for Edmodo and use your smart phone or device! See me for the class codes and HAPPY EDMODOING! Edmodoing, that a word right? See you online.
PS - I check and answer questions daily but not after 9 pm. :) RR
Yesterday, the students and staffulty at Bob Jones were asked to wear orange to support the Anti-Bullying campaign. We took a small break from our English agenda and watched a great video from "The Glee Project - Season 2" titled "Vulnerability" featuring the cast of the show and music from R.E.M., "Everybody Hurts". We then wrote a journal about what bullying looks like to high school students today. Most responses were profound and heart felt. Student's eyes were opened to the fact that bullying does happen everywhere and that some students feel it while others don't. I went through their journals and highlighted key words that summarized their entire journal. I've used Wordle in the classroom before but I wanted to create a Bully Wordle for my kids so they can remember what they learned in class today. Below is the Wordle image and the video. RR :)