Posted: October 6, 2010
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Good day! In class today, we completed a little dialogue Warm-Up, then moved into small groups for some collaboration about our Article of the Week. This was essential in re-evaluating our initial opinions regarding whether or not Jordan Brown should be tried as an adult for the crimes with which he has been charged. From there, you worked toward completing a personal reflection of that topic. Well done! No homework for the long weekend...just get fat on turkey and enjoy yourselves.
Posted: October 5, 2010
Hello! Today, we did a little SSR, then reviewed part of our Article of the Week together, as some of you had difficulty with the "fact vs opinion" concept. Beyond that, we looked at WHY writers include opinions (although sometimes wrapped in a blanket of facts), and the intended effect on the audience. No homework for tomorrow, but be ready to assert your very informed EVALUATION on whether or not Jordan Brown should be tried as an adult.
Posted: October 3, 2010
Hi, guys! Sorry I missed you today. I'm sure my supply teacher will have wonderful things to say about you...or else. For tomorrow, please complete your analysis and notation of the Article of the Week. Your focus will be to distinguish the FACTS from the OPINIONS in the article, so try to determine the best way to do that before, during, and after you read. Also, you must complete your Math textbook activity regarding text features (but you had plenty of class time today to get it done). See you tomorrow!
Posted: October 1, 2010
Happy October! In class today, we read a little, then tackled the idea of what TEXT FEATURES are, and how we can use them to better our understanding of pretty much anything we read. Good work! We'll continue that activity on Monday in class (using your Math text again), so you don't have homework this weekend. See you Monday!
Posted: September 30, 2010
Hi there! Today, we completed a Warm-Up, then switched our The China Doll questions with a classmate. After that, we came up with a class master list of terrific questions for this short story, divided into the six levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. Great work! No homework for tomorrow.
Posted: September 29, 2010
Great work today with your Warm-Up and our analysis of the whole "Frankenfish" issue. Did you change your mind? For tomorrow, please complete the ten questions you're creating for a classmate using Bloom's Taxonomy for Thinking, and Karen Valanne's short story The China Doll. Don't rush!
Posted: September 28, 2010
Vote for _____________! Good work today with our education forum! You represented your candiadtes well...although some were better represented than others, eh? Ms. MacDonald and I will post the pictures ASAP. No homework for tomorrow, but be ready to revisit Bloom's Taxonomy for Thinking with our China Doll activity.
Posted: September 27, 2010
Good day! In class today we continued our analysis of five key educational issues for our four political parties. Tomorrow, we will hold our class forum on education, and see how well each group has prepared their candidate. FOR HOMEWORK TOMORROW, please read, analyze and notate the "Frankenfish" Article of the Week. Instead of "Food for Thought" questions, you are being asked to tap into the Analysis level of Bloom's Taxonomy for Thinking, and create a T-chart of the pros and cons. The article is attached to this posting. Have a great night!
Posted: September 24, 2010
Happy Friday! Today, we began our in-class election project, using Bloom's Taxonomy for Thinking to help us through. We'll continue that activity on Monday, have our party leaders address the issues in education that we feel are essential, then we'll vote!
Posted: September 23, 2010
Hello! Today, we kept on trucking with Bloom's Taxonomy for Thinking. Great work! Then, we moved into the Application level of Bloom's by using Karen Valanne's The China Doll to create some terrific questions for your peers. No homework for tonight...and be ready to enter the election process tomorrow!