6. TEN BOOK REPORTS IN A YEAR: THE PACKAGE
This unit is aimed at getting twelve year olds to read in quantity and quality. It could be adapted for other grades and might need to be adapted for other marking systems. The list in number 5 was originally written to go with this unit.
5. Have You Read?
A list of books aimed at academically talented grade seven and eight students with the intention of broadening their usual tastes in reading and pushing them to try something new or a bit more challenging.
A lesson aimed at teaching the important parts of writing poetry: words and feelings.
It’s tough teaching poetry well. This is a suggestion for a unit used for grades two, three and four using The Walrus and the Carpenter and The Tyger.
A unit that combines lessons in perspective in art, empathy and mathematics. Can be expanded to include literature and writing. Can be adapted K-12
Ideas on teaching research skills to all grade levels, including appropriate use of Internet, identification of bias, Boolean logic, using indexes, encyclopaedias and other resources.
Posted in art, computer lab, concrete, grade seven and eight, history, LANGUAGE, mathematics, memorisation, reading
Tagged Internet, mathematics, Poetry, reading, research, writing
Many Canadian parents want their Anglophone children to be in French Immersion. They believe that being bilingual in French and English will give them an inside track in getting jobs with the government and any organisation that deals with the government. And maybe it will.
Reading, conversation and pop music in French
Seducing Dr. Lewis – a charming Quebecois film about a small community on the North Shore trying to find a doctor. Continue reading
Posted in discrimination, education, French Immersion, history, inequities, music, parents, prejudice, pronunciation, Quebec
Tagged acadian, clarence gagnon, French Immersion, history, louis hemon, Quebec
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The new blog is intended to be an adjunct to this one. While this blog is largely a commentary on education, the new blog will offer practical information. In a few months I will be retiring from formal teaching within a school board but I can’t stop spilling over with ideas for teaching. Rather than leave them to simmer, I will be posting them there. I will also post some of my favorite ideas from the past 25 to 30 years of teaching.
There will rarely be fully fledged lessons or units, nor will they be necessarily specific to a grade. I have adapted grade twelve units to be used in a grade eight class and seen those units adapted to use in a grade five class. Sometimes they will be a full lesson or a full unit or a cross subjects lesson. Whatever they are, I do ask you to give me credit on any written document.
Why won’t they be fully fledged? To be frank, I have never taken a lesson and done it just as it was written, even if I created it and used it satisfactorily the year before. There are always too many new factors such as new information, a crossover from another subject, the class’s interest, different time limits and I am sure you can add to that list. I also got bored doing the same thing twice in exactly the same way.
If you want help adapting or designing anything I post, especially if it is meant for gifted or other IPRC’d students, I would be happy to come and work with you if your school is within an easy distance of Ottawa or Toronto. I am also on Skype and on Skype, I can consult even if you are on the other side of the earth.
Ottawa Canada June 2010 — Nepean Point Views 2 (Photo credit: dugspr — Home for Good)
What can I help you with? I have taught every grade from two to eight (ages 8 to 13) and as a supply teacher, I taught everything. I have taught adults and I am a qualified teacher of English as a Second Language. I am a specialist in teaching children with special needs, especially gifted and learning disabled. I hold a masters in adaptive education. The best fun I have ever had in education, besides teaching itself, was having student teachers in my classrooms. I loved encouraging them to try new things and watching them grow in confidence.
So, if I can help, let me know.
Toronto Skyline (Photo credit: Bobolink)
Posted in education, gifted, Learning Disability, SPECIAL EDUCATION, special needs, teachers
Tagged education, gifted, learning disabled, lesson plans, teachers, units