Monday, 10 August 2015

Classroom Tools for Building Back to School

It's nearly back to school time and I joined Denise from #TeacherMom for a Back to School Link up.

When I was in the classroom, I would introduce a new motivational quote every Monday and a Fun Fact on a Friday.  I subject taught so the different classes would come to my classroom for my lesson.  I found that they started appreciating the two 'routines' and even though I did not spend much time discussing the meanings behind the quote and the thoughts on the fun fact with the other classes (I did this with my class during homeroom) they were excited to see what the new 'information' was.  They very quickly pointed out if the quote or fun fact had not been changed.

My second language students especially loved the fun facts and would often bring me lists of their own facts which they had found.  This was reassuring to me.  It meant they were going home and researching, in English, for information, reading it and making a decision whether it applied to the 'topic' - that being a fun fact.

I would see on their faces as they walked in, looking for the 'information,' how they read it and processed it and then discussed it - what more could I ask for (especially from my second language students who would under normal circumstances prefer to speak in their mother tongue).

It is for this reason that I created 'A Week of Wordy Wisdom'.  Each day has a new "Wordy Wisdom" to share with your students.  The line up is as follows:

Each week I post a description of how to use the new week's set of information on my blog and give activities or resources to accompany them, including website ideas and free word searches.  You can find this information here.

This gives you an idea of what each week is about.  This is week 1.

I have completed five weeks and week 6 will be posted by Sunday along with the blog post detailing examples of what can be done with it.  Check the activities and ideas by clicking on each week:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

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  1. What a great idea! This is something unique that I bet your students really look forward to. I love the design too. Nice work!

    Sugar Cube Learning

  2. I like how this program is more than just the "word of the week." And it's great that your second language learners got so involved with it, too!

    -- Susan
    The ESL Connection


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