You might be asking yourself why I am talking about the rain. Well, the weather, like our children can be unpredictable. We know that our land needs water in order to produce fertile ground for crops. Similarly, we know that our students need a solid foundation in school and a stable environment at home to be as successful as possible. We cannot however, control nor even begin to know the ins and outs of students' home lives. We can assume what some or most are experiencing, but we can't be certain. We then must be flexible and always adapting to our students' needs in order to provide them a sold educational foundation despite the drought they may have in other areas of their lives. We cannot make excuses! We must provide structure, consistency, systems, and hold rigorous high academic expectations for every student. If we hold true and strong to this belief that every student can and will reach high academic standards, then we WILL make it happen.
Take a look at your boards in your classroom and your papers you pass out to your students. Look and make sure that the language you are using is academic language. You don't want to use abbreviations when writing on your board, because it is modeling a "shortcut" for students and we want them to be able to use and understand academic language. When providing complex text, challenge your students to read the text multiple times. Don't underestimate their ability to persevere and use their critical thinking skills to pull the text apart and find meaning. We want to provide scaffolds when they are needed, but pull the scaffolds away when the students are moving closer to mastery. It is a delicate balance between providing too much help and not enough. Allowing the students to try and struggle with difficult text first before breaking it down with them, will help them ultimately in their ability to read complex text on their own. Model often for students what they should be doing. When they see you reading a text and using your own mark up strategies, highlighting, underlining etc. they will see that they are not just tasks done in isolation, but tasks used by strong readers to comprehend and demystify text.
IDENTIFY: Identify is to recognize and correctly name someone or something.
|Students working collaboratively on a document using Google Docs and working on their own devices in Merrick's English class!!!|
|Students using and citing historical evidence to justify their arguments in Collin's English class!!!|
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!