Sunday, November 20, 2016

Create Story Board Games Instead of Book Reports

As some of my blog readers may know from previous posts, I am a huge Robert Munsch fan! He is my all time favourite children's authors, and my class is currently in the middle of my Robert Munsch unit. Each day we read a different Robert Munch story and then we do an activity to go with that story that centres around story elements, cause and effect, sequence of events, proper paragraph writing, or another literary skill. Last week we read the story 'David's Father' and each student made a board game inspired by this favourite Robert Munch story. The students really loved playing their board games with their classmates after they were finished! After reading the story we went over the sequence of events as a class and then we generated fun ideas as a class as to what could be included from the story that would be fun to include on the board game. After that we talked about different things you might see on a board game for example: cards, money, game pieces, squares that say "go back three places", ladders you can fall down... ect. The creation of the board games took my students 3 work periods (a shorter time that I would have thought), and they were anxious to get started playing the games even when the games were incomplete they wanted to get playing. We used bingo chips as player markers, and I had dice from math games in the cupboard. I highly recommend this fun activity it was engaging, cross curricular, and fun! 

Friday, November 11, 2016

How to establish Communication Between the Home and the School for Difficult Students.

How do you establish daily communication with the parent or guardian of a student who you are struggling with in the classroom? It's hard to find time for daily phone calls and parents may become frustrated if you are calling them all the time, so I establish a system where students glue a small chart into a notebook each day where parents can quickly check and see if their child has had a good day based on how many stickers are on the page. 

The parent and the teacher can also write notes in the book. This book is either hand delivered to the parent by the teacher when the parent picks up their child, or if the student goes on the bus I place the book in the student's backpack. The parent should be expecting this form of communication every day. 

Additionally, I encourage parents to have conversations with their child about the day and if they want establish some kind of a reward if they earn all or most of their stickers for the day. 

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Happy Teaching Everyone!