My Sunday 3-2-1 Summary
3 things that happened this week:
- I took the 7th graders to the lab for the first time this week. I think it went fairly well. They definitely need to move more swiftly, or at least a subgroup does. I estimate that we will lose about 4 min. of class time when we need to use it. Also, my class with 25 is definitely more clunky than the smaller classes. I don't know how some of you with larger classes than that continue to manage groups and still do hands-on safely. I have been lucky so far and have not had to deal with overage for an extended period of time.
- 7th Grade just barely started their Cell Theory Fakebook project. I added to it with some ideas that I saw from another teacher and tried to modify issues I noticed last year. I am hopeful for good products this year and of course, increased student understanding. I found a foldable, sort of, from TPT that I am going to use to support some main ideas from this project.
- We had an assembly for an ALS fundraiser. Due to the weather, teacher had pies thrown in their face. All was well until the last teacher had a pie shoved hard in her face. I was disappointed that the student chose to act in that manner. All the other participants had fun with, but were fairly gentle with it. Our goal was $1000, but I don't think we quite reached it. I don't think it was advertised to the JH as well as it may have been with HS and Elem.
- I will be taking the 8th graders to the lab for the first time this year, probably tomorrow!
- 8th graders will start the Light & Color Lab. I think I figured out how to make the stations work for the time that we absolutely have to be in the lab. I also am making some modifications, more discussion and review exercises as we go along with the lab.
- This year, I have three ESL students that speak little to no English in my 7th grade science group. I feel mostly ok working with the two boys because they speak Spanish and I have some grasp of the language. However, I also have a Somali girl. I have a harder time communicating with her because Google translate doesn't always have the dialect she needs. I do have four other Somali students that can help, but they are also at various levels of English language acquisition so I don't want to rely on them too much. Anyway, on Friday this Somali girl stopped before leaving class and said, "See you on Monday!" I was so surprised, it made me smile and she smiled too!