After the hectic schedule that PARCC testing brought (along with two "Mystery Skype" sessions), we hit the "speaking" portion of ELA class pretty hard this past week. Taking tips from Erik Palmer's book, Well Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students, we prepared for our short demonstration speeches. See our notes in the PDF below for specific activities, and here's a brief explanation of our "Teach Me Your Talent" week:
Thank you to all the parents who came to help us this past week, and to those who will visit next week! It helps many students to step up their game if they have an authentic audience in addition to their peers! This was also a great week to get in the 1:1 conferences we needed to have in order to fairly and accurately determine your child's grade. Please reach out with any feedback you may have regarding this system. I know it's not perfect, but I believe the grades we came up with together are more accurate than having a computer average points. It takes a bit of class time, but Mrs. Rehberger and I love the valuable conversations we get to have with students while they reflect on their learning each quarter.