Have you ever had a day where EVERYTHING that the kids do aggravates you? I had absolutely NO patience today. I don't know why. I was not in a good mood from minute one when the kids walked in. I'm not sure what set me off - but it wasn't good! I felt really bad at the end of the day because the kids definitely got the brunt of my 'anger'. I really hope tomorrow is better..
On another note - I have an observation on Monday. I hate being observed... The only thing that I have been told in the last two years is to 'speak up more in staff meetings because I have a lot to offer." If that's the worst I've gotten in 3 years I know this observation will go just as good as the others - but alas I'm still nervous. So I thought I'd run my lovely lesson over all of you out there and get some feedback! Let me know what you think!
Topic: Making Connections
Opening Question: Have you ever been in the middle of reading a book and thought 'Hey! This reminds me of...."?
*Discuss WOW pages/moments when from when we read and how books can remind us of different people, memories, and feelings in our lives.
*Introduce all three ways to make connections - T2S, T2T, T2W
*(I do) Model making these connections by sharing specific parts of the book Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse.
*Next we will discuss different connections using the book we read last week, Henry's Freedom Box, while filling out a basic graphic organizer using our document camera (principal wants to see technology being used)
*(We do) Pass out a thought bubble cut out to all students (with a post it on the back for a later activity). I will read a very short story out loud allowing the students to raise their thought bubble up in the air at ANY point that they made a connection - we will discuss connections as they come up from the students.
*(They do) Next, I will put the students into three groups based on their abilities and give each group a short reading passage (different passages based on the groups). As a group they are to read their passage 2 times. Then individually they are to write ONE thing their passage reminded them of.
*Finally, I will call back all of the students and we will create an affinity diagram on the front board of their post-it notes. (We will read and organize them into T2T, T2S, and T2W connections)
* We fill finish by reviewing all three types of connections.
Please please please let me know what you think. The principal said he's looking for differentiation, technology, and a quality tool (affinity diagram). With the differentiation - we already ability group and I have the high ability reading group so its sometimes hard to differentiate.. Please any feedback is greatly appreciated!