Monday, November 23, 2009
Melody T., English Teacher at Mt. Blue, November 19, 2009
Melody began by asking students to write in their journals whatever they knew or thought about civilization. Next, they were to pick the most important word in their writing and place it on a note card to pass into the teacher. She displayed these terms at the front of the room and asked students to explain why these were the most important (YEAH! meta-cognition). Melody clarified concepts by asking questions, helping students make personal connections, and cleaning up misunderstandings.
Finally, Melody moved them into the frayer model format. This was an excellent choice, as it clarified any misconceptions left.
This will lead to the students reading Lord of the Flies. Bravo!