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Archive for November, 2010

(snow day) Tuesday

Posted by willkay on November 30, 2010

This morning, before I left for school, I checked my computer for emails/updates/news as I usually do, and noticed a comment from a friend who is working in Sheffield. She was at home. No school today for her. Snow day! Yes, there was so much snow that had fallen during the night that the schools had shut for the day. This sounds brilliant, but only works if she had been informed of the closure while still in bed. Unfortunately she wasn’t informed in bed, she was told as she entered school, two hours after setting off on a 15 minute journey to work. It took her another two hours to get home. She commented that it must be great working in hot, sunny Mexico! Well, the good news is: the wind has returned. This means that the cold area is being moved on to some other area on the map and the thermometer will start to rise the rest of this week. The bad news is: today was windy! I’ve mentioned it before, but some things bear repeating, kids on windy days are slightly uncontrollable. ‘Twas going to be a hard day at the office! Could have done with a snow day.

A quick morning line up with no morning-exercise-warm-up as it was so windy. Maths exams handed back. There were no score of 10. However, that said, there were some excellent results. Many students had obviously worked hard, studied well, and produced some good exams. However, there were signs that some students had enjoyed themselves too much in class and needed to get their heads down and work a little harder. The it was time to review for tomorrow’s English exam.

After the review it was Art, followed by a quick rehearsal of thatthingIdon’tmentionincasesomeoneisreadingthis. With ten minutes left before recess, the students had some time to study before the Spanish exam. That would be the Spanish exam that I ended up giving! Miss Claudia was called away, and although she came back, I took the exam and the lesson. After the Spanish exam we looked at letters and how often they occurred. After a certain amount of research (counting letters on a page), we discovered that ‘e’ is the most common letter. Using the results of what we had found, we then went on to look at codes. Would our knowledge of letters (and English) help us to crack a code? By this stage of the lesson, some students were very interested, while others had given up – you can tell who was in what group by looking at the picture above. While all this was going on, the auditions were taking place. Surprisingly, although on Friday there were several boys who were interested in auditioning, only one boy tried out. Several of the girls also auditioned. The results will e announced shortly. Although, I might have a word with the sixth grade and see if I can encourage some of them to have another go. [Inside information: no one has tried out for the role of the prince yet!]

English Word of the Day. Hopscotch. Which led to a discussion about that childhood fascination of never stepping on a crack in the pavement: Step on a crack, break your mum’s back.

Homework:

  • English
  • Circular signed (yes I know that most of you don’t do extra lessons but it would be nice to have them all back signed).
  • Reading: you should be reading for 20 mins every night.
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Posted in english, exams, maths, morning line up, smartboard, spanish | 2 Comments »

(sunshine) Monday

Posted by willkay on November 29, 2010

You think it is cold here in Tijuana? The thermometer hasn’t risen above above -5ºC outside my mum’s house. Of course, inside her house, the temperature hasn’t dropped below 16ºC because her house is prepared for winter. Unfortunately for me, the temperature outside the flat is pretty much the same temperature inside the flat. Yes, it is cold. No, it doesn’t remind me of England. In England it is cold, it is covered in snow, and I would be in my warm house looking out.

So, it was a cold start to the day, standing on the playground, watching (and listening) to 2A do their assembly and sing the 10 Days of Thanksgiving song (five goo-o-oolden rolls). In the classroom there was no time to complain about the temperature as it was straight in to the maths exam. This was a big exam – made a lot bigger by the decision to not photocopy it on both sides of the paper! Thus, the students were faced with a large booklet, rather than a fat exam.

On W*dnesd*y we have a Ican’tsaywhatishappeningonW*dnesd*yasitisasurpriseandsomeonemightbereadingthis which meant that we should have been practising for the event for a week or so. But we haven’t. We started today. I was then told that the dress rehearsal will be tomorrow. Tomorrow morning. We spent the rest of the day learning/practising our routine.

The good news is that the sun was out from the beginning of the day, and it got warmer and warmer. Until at home time, many students were going home in shirt sleeves. Hopefully the rest of the week will get warmer!

English Word of the Day. Was pleased to hear someone say to-mah-toe in Soriana today. Instead of to-may-toe.

Homework:

  • Spanish exam
  • Civics exam
  • Circular signed
  • Reading: you should be reading for 20 mins every night.

 

Posted in assembly, exams, maths, special event, youtube | 4 Comments »

TW3

Posted by willkay on November 27, 2010

That Was, The Week, That Was was the name of the television programme that launched Sir David Frost’s career. The title of the show was shortened to TW3.

In 1882 the Australian cricket team beat the English cricket team for the first time. The Times newspaper published an obituary talking about “the death of English cricket” and how “the body had been cremated and the ashes taken to Australia“.  The next year, when the English team travelled to Australia to play the return match, the tour was called “The Quest to Regain The Ashes“. This is how legends are made. England play Australia every two/three years over five games for a small urn of ashes. This is cricket being played at its most competitive and is a fantastic event. Each game lasts five days. Each day lasts seven hours. There are moments of great excitement, huge confrontation, amazing athleticism. However, the thing that I love most about cricket is the moment to moment. To the untrained eye it can often appear that nothing is happening but if you know the game there is always something happening. I was brought up watching cricket, and when I say watching I mean watching. From a very early age I was taught to use a scoresheet and how to keep a record of every single ball bowled, every run scored. Because I am who I am, I loved the statistical analysis of each and every ball. However, there was also the playing of the game. Cricket, although it is a team game, is very much an individual sport. Often it boils down to just one player against one player. It can become like chess, but with more physical activity. I love my football (soccer to you), I really enjoy my rugby, but the game at my core, the one that means the most to me, is cricket. And there is nothing more exciting than The Ashes series. Often people will ask me if I miss England, miss stuff. What people don’t realise is that the world is getting smaller and smaller. Two years ago I missed The Ashes series in England (where England won!). However two years later, thanks to the moving forward in technology, the speeding up of connections, I can catch every single ball bowled in The Ashes. Even better, I’m in Mexico. This means that the games are played between 4pm and midnight my time. Yes, thanks to the internet I am watching cricket. Gotta lurve progress.

However, the cricket hasn’t been the only sport this week. On Thursday the mighty Santos Laguna won 2-1 against America in the semi-finals of Clausura. The New York Jets also won on Thursday. And earlier in the week the mighty Sheffield United came back from 2-1 down to win 3-2. And while all of this has been going on: my step-daughter, Danny, has had two maths exams; my step-son has been going through exams; I took maria out for a meal to celebrate the fact it was Tuesday (as you do); people we haven’t seen for ages have turned up unexpectedly; exams have had to be written; it has started snowing back in England and my mother has had to travel (which is a certain amount of stress); and with one thing and another something in my life had to be dropped. In case you didn’t notice, the thing that got dropped was this blog. Unfortunately Monday turned into a personal disaster area, and once I’d missed one day it became very easy to miss the next and the next and the next.

Monday: Third grade assembly was a re-enactment of the Mexican Revolution, which was fantastic. I love moustaches! In maths we covered volumes of rectangular prisms and cylinders. It was time to write the first Book Report of the year. I like my book reports written in a certain way. I do not like a breakdown, page by page, of the whole book. This took sometime to explain. It also led to the introduction of the book The Twits to the class. As I write this post at the end of the week, I can report that four different students have now read the book. This is what I mean by “a good book“. It is fun, it is enjoyable, and everyone has read it in one sitting. Then moved on to another book. Later in the day we read a story about a boy who had crashed in the Canadian wilderness and learned how to make fire. I’m not so sure that this was a good idea, having watched the class playing with fire at Alexa’s party.

Tuesday: we used protractors in maths. It was all about drawing and measuring angles. Homework was a worksheet that needed accuracy to complete to the satisfaction of the person marking it (that would be the person sat next to you!). In art the students made Christmas decorations. Yep, Christmas is coming. The geography lesson was really more of a history/politics lesson. The geography of eastern Europe is difficult to do without mentioning the dramatic changes that occurred in the 1980s. The next topic, Russia, is even more about history than geography.

W*dnesd*y: And there was no Miss Claudia. I have now discovered a new work-related-injury. When I first started work, over 25 years ago, I used to suffer a lot from chalk dust. This would find it’s way into clothes, hair, lungs and was a problem. The next year I got my first whiteboard. Unfortunately, the pens the school provided me with were alcohol based. This meant that come lunchtime I would suffer with chronic headaches. This year I am now suffering from hurty-finger-syndrome.  I love the SMARTboard, don’t get me wrong, however I do a lot of my wok on the board with my forefinger, especially the tip of my forefinger. Today we did constructions. All week I have been using the ruler and protractor that come with the board and today I added the pair of compasses to the mix. By the end of the day I has all but erased my fingerprint. Even now, as I type, I have noticed that I am not using my right forefinger because it is still so sore. Also learned that there would be no Gerry in school on Thursday and Friday.

Thursday: Gerry was in school. More constructions in maths and my finger has actually gone shiny! There will be a computer exam next Thursday and I was given a study guide. Not sure what I was supposed to do with it, but I have a study guide if anyone wants to borrow i..oh, no I don’t. Miss Lilian has the study guide. Miss Claudia was in school! Hurray! The auditions for The Little Mermaid will be on Monday. Parts of scripts were given out so that lines could be learnt. Of course, it is not just important to learn the lines it is also important to understand the lines, and to act the lines. In English we came across Hieroglyphs. On the internet we found a site that let you type in your name and it would translate it into hieroglyphs. So long as your name didn’t have an x or a z in it.

Friday: normal start for me, late start for the students. There was a staff meeting in which we discussed discipline. Because of the meeting there was no yoga lesson, so it was straight into the maths review. Maths exam on Monday and this month we have covered a huge amount of ground. In fact, in the three months we have been in school we have covered nearly half of the book. This is because in January there will be the Junior High School exams and I want to cover as much ground as possible before them. Hopefully, the rest of the school year will not be as mathematically full. It’s Friday, which means that it is Reading Log day. Now, I was pretty sure that everyone knew it was Reading Log day, however nine people forgot their reading logs – oops. But this means that there are some new names on The Wall Of Fame.

THE WALL OF FAME

  • 1015 pages: Roberto
  • 648 pages: Polette
  • 438 pages: Ninotchka
  • 311 pages: Marianna
  • 293 pages: Octavio
  • 262 pages: Daniel
  • 250 pages: David
  • So, congratulations to those new names. And boo to those who forgot their reading logs. Some people also forgot their book reports! This was not a good thing to do. They must be in on Monday or they will score a zero! In the afternoon we watched The Little Mermaid so that everyone could have a chance to see the film, and get an idea of their roles. Then it was on to Alexa’s party!!!

    English Word Letter of the Day Week: z. It is pronounced “zed” not “zee”.

    Homework:

    • Reading: you should be reading for 20 mins every night.

    Posted in art, assembly, blog, english, exams, geography, history, maths, reading log, smartboard, the little mermaid, wall of fame | 6 Comments »

    (stuck at home) Saturday

    Posted by willkay on November 20, 2010

    The film, Harry Potter Part 7 Part 1, was excellent. I really enjoyed it. What I didn’t enjoy was the audience. Am I getting old? Is it now the done thing to talk all the way through films? However, although the audience were terrible, the film was very good. The two and a half hours flashed by and I am looking forward to part 7 part 2. But, enough about last night and what I got up to, you are probably here just for what happened yesterday at school. Unless you want me to tell you about the mulitas I had last night?

    Yoga, first lesson, where Silence is Golden. Ah, if only that continued throughout the day, it would be bliss. After checking the maths homework, we did art. Yes, art. I know it was a maths lesson but today’s topic was 3D solids. Which means that the lesson was spent drawing 3D solids on a 2D page. Yes, the SMARTboard was a great help to me at this point. However, as the students started to moan and complain that “it’s too difficult”, “I want a SMARTboard”, and “it’s not fair”, I had to switch off the SMARTboard’s tools and draw free hand. I know, I know, my drawing is not the best but 23 years of teaching maths means that I can draw 3D solids with a certain amount of ability.

    Science was the circulatory system, how blood gets to move around the body. After recess it was the PE lesson, and then after PE it was time for the Reading Log numbers.

    THE WALL OF FAME

  • 1015 pages: Ana Paola
  • 1011 pages: Polette
  • 773 pages: Octavio
  • 772 pages: Roberto
  • 772 pages: Jose Luis
  • 370 pages: Rodrigo
  • 342 pages: Gerry
  • 334 pages: Ninotchka
  • 322 pages: Francisco
  • Yes, you might want a little time to look at those numbers again. Nine students on The Wall Of Fame. Two of those students having read over a thousand pages. There are also seven students who have read over 200 pages, so they are in The 200+ Club (you can see their names at the top left of the page).

    After that the students presented their inventions. There were some very good presentations, and it was obvious that some students had taken a lot of time and care over their presentations. They had also thought long and hard about their inventions. Unfortunately the Q&A sessions after each presentation took so long that we didn’t manage to get to the end, and see everyone’s invention. Therefore we will be starting with the final four on Monday morning.

    English Word of the Day. Tap. It’s not a faucet, it’s a tap. You turn on the tap and you can wash your hands.

    Homework:

    • Reading: you should be reading for 20 mins every night.

    Posted in english, maths, science, smartboard, wall of fame | 6 Comments »

    (in and out) Friday

    Posted by willkay on November 19, 2010

    For those of you who are visiting for the usual stuff: story of the day; English word; Wall of Fame; video from PE lesson. The good news is, they all exist. The bad news is, I’m not posting them tonight. Ha!

    My step-daughter, Daniela, has been struggling in maths. However, with a lot of hard work (and some English bloke forcing her to answer questions) she has just scored her second ten in her maths exams. This means we are going out to celebrate! So, that’s the Harry Potter film followed by tacos!

    I’ll post tomorrow.

    Posted in stuff | 4 Comments »

    (one man show) Thursday

    Posted by willkay on November 18, 2010

    It’s time to stop sharing food. It’s time to start washing hands regularly. It’s time to start using the Clorex wipes. Yes, it’s that time of year. Four teachers (that’s FOUR) off sick. Which means that it is time to take care, and make sure that you are not putting yourself at risk of catching whatever it is that they have caught. Fortunately, at the moment, the sixth grade seem to be surviving without too many casualties. This is not the time that sixth graders should be getting ill. The last four weeks before the Christmas break are very important. As soon as the students come back in January, it will be time to sit the Junior High School exams. This means that I am trying to cover as much ground as possible in maths, and these are lessons the students should miss. So, wrap up warm. Eat well. Get lots of sleep. Stay healthy.

    At last: two and a half weeks after I intended to study square roots, we finally arrived at square roots. Before we actually did square roots, we quickly ran through a couple of questions about circumference and area of a circle. Then it was straight into square roots which turned out to be…well, easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. The only hard part was finding square roots of non-perfect squares. When a number falls between two square numbers (for example 30 which is between 25 and 36), what is the square root? In our example it is going to be between 5 and 6. As 30 is closer to 25, the answer will be 5. Whoot.

    Grammar, and we dealt with tenses. The present, the past, the future. At some point the students disappeared for a computer lesson. When they returned there was a rumour about a computer exam on December 2nd. This has yet to be confirmed, but try and find out if there is an exam because we wouldn’t want a repeat of the exam fiasco.

    After recess, for the students it was Spanish and History, for me it was the fifth grade. Not just one fifth grade, both of them. Not just for a lesson, for one and a half lessons. Unable to fit that many students into a classroom we went and sat on the tables outside the shop, and I put on a one man show. Yes, I managed to talk for an hour and a half (with a three minute intermission for restrooms and water). By the end I was exhausted, but there was still another lesson with the sixth grade to get through. We read.

    English Word of the Day. Chemist. It’s not a pharmacy, it’s not a drug store, it’s a chemist. [Thanks Ana Paola]

    Homework:

    • Maths: Practice 8-5. Do not do 21-24.
    • Grammar: Workbook page: 44
    • Spelling: Workbook page: 38
    • Reading Log Numbers
    • Writing/Presentation Assignment: Invention. (for tomorrow)
    • Reading: you should be reading for 20 mins every night.

    Posted in english, grammar, maths, spelling | 5 Comments »

    (anniversary) W*dnesd*y

    Posted by willkay on November 17, 2010

    Unusually, I have a life today. I say unusually because normally, I get home (sometimes after shopping), sit down, blog, play some Wii, cook, eat, do some work, watch some tele. Today I am already home but preparing to go out. Yes, I’m having a night out on a school night! The reason is: it is the fifth anniversary of my arrival in Mexico. On November 16th, 2005 I packed one suitcase, and started a journey that took me just over 37 hours, across eight time zones, and over 6000km. I used one taxi, four trains, two airplanes, and a car. I crossed the border just after 8pm on November 17th. Somewhere, on the bookshelf, I have a Spider-Man notebook in which I wrote the story of my trip. Anyway, we are off out, to celebrate. So, not much time to say:

    • 20 out of 21 homework notebooks signed.
    • PE lesson.
    • maths homework done very well.
    • music lesson.
    • maths lesson where we did area of a circle [N.B. you only use the radius!]
    • recess
    • Spanish
    • geography

    English Word of the Day. Recorder. It isn’t a flute, it’s a recorder. Google it and look at the images.

    Homework:

    • Maths: Reteaching 8-4. Just the areas.
    • Writing/Presentation Assignment: Invention. (for Friday)
    • Reading: you should be reading for 20 mins every night.

    Posted in geography, maths, PE, spanish, special event | 4 Comments »

    (toast) Tuesday

    Posted by willkay on November 16, 2010

    The brain has millions and millions of pathways. Some of those paths never get signals sent down them. Some paths get signals sent down them once, but never again. So, although they were open once, they slowly wither and close. The reason we send children to school is to get as many of those paths open as possible, before old age creeps upon them and the paths start closing down due to sports injuries, alcohol intake, or just plain ordinary old age. Often children will ask, “Why do we need to study this?” (In fact today I was asked why you need to learn area – is it if you want to become an architect?) The answer to the question is: To open those pathways. The more you open the pathways, the easier it is to send signals in your brain, the easier it is to remember the important stuff (like where you parked the car). The easiest way to open as many of these pathways as possible is by reading a good book. Now, a good book is a book that you enjoy reading. A good book is a book that makes you want to turn the page and read more. A good book is the one that Gerry is reading at the moment. In lessons, he finishes his work as quickly as possible, gets it marked, and then gets back to his desk to find out what is happening. A good book is the book you carry around with you at all times, for those odd moments when you can find out what is happening to your new best friends (the people in the book). A good book fires up your imagination. It paints a picture in your mind, you know how the characters look, you can hear their voices, you become emotionally involved. A good book is a page turner. The school has a homework policy. This policy states that the students should be reading 20 minutes every night. I disagree with this policy. I think you should just be reading every night. But, more importantly, you should be reading a good book. A book that you don’t want to stop at 20 minutes. A book that you want to read the next page, the next chapter, the whole thing in one sitting. I realise that this can be expensive. Especially if your child is reading three or four books a month. However, they are all in this together. If one student reads a good book s/he should tell his/her friends, and lend them the book. I am all for keeping a classroom library, where the students can drop their books off for the year, and take them back at the end. Through all of thsi though, what I am trying to do is to encourage the children to read, to stretch their imaginations. At the moment, too much information is actually handed to them visually/aurally through television, films, computers, video games, SMARTboards. Everything is available at the flick of a switch. If you don’t understand something: ask a teacher; ask a parent; ask Google. It is only when you are reading that you are on your own. And it is at this time in their academic lives that they have the time to read. Next year they will find themselves inundated with more homework. Their lives will become full with new activities. The opportunities to read, to discover new worlds, to lose themselves in a book will disappear. The Wall Of Fame and The 200+ Club exist as a way to encourage children to read. Yes, it is possible to argue that they encourage quantity rather than quality. However, in a situation where children are reading, and reading because they enjoy it, they are bound to (eventually) read what might be considered as quality literature. All I am concerned with is improving their minds. And all you need for that is a good book!

    I’ve said it before but that won’t stop me repeating it: a weekend empties students brains. A long weekend gives their heads an extra shake so that more information can fall out. This morning started with one student having totally forgotten how to work out the area of a rectangle. However, a quick couple of mental exercises (and some questions on the board) and we were all set for the circumference of a circle. Well, we would have been if we knew what a radius, diameter, and circumference actually were. [side note: the plural of radius -> radii.] Then, and only then, could we finally meet the constant:

    3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609...

    Or, to give it its more formal name, π. It was formulae time: C=πd and/or C=2πr.

    The English lesson was a de-briefing on how Friday’s lesson went. How some students managed to work out the scoring system, and use it efficiently. And how some students managed to mess the whole thing up by just voting for their friends. I also launched this week’s writing assignment. Except this week it isn’t so much a writing assignment as a presentation assignment. This  week they are to invent something. I don’t mind if it is possible to make the invention, or if the technology does not yet exist. They need to come up with an idea that that they think will work, that they really like, and then have to sell that idea to the rest of the class. As an example I told the class of my love of toast, and how I would invent the perfect toaster that would satisfy my need for twenty pieces of toast in one sitting. This also led to a discussion about Marmite. Mmmmm, Marmite.

    The art lesson was followed by a shortened science lesson. (I say shortened because it started ten minutes late as it took that long to get the 6th grade from the art room back to the classroom, and settled down to work.) We dealt with the digestive system. I could go into a bit more detail about what we covered in the lesson, however I won’t because really? You don’t want/need to know.

    Recess, and this week I am working in the shop.

    Geography was Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. By the end of the day, the students were getting a bit restless – those long weekends are never good for class discipline – so the bell for home time couldn’t ring soon enough.

    English words of the day. Spelling: centre. Pronunciation: semi-circle.

    Homework:

    • Maths: Reteaching 8-something. It’s the six questions about circumference. Might be 8-4?
    • Writing/Presentation Assignment: Invention. (for Friday)
    • Geography: Five facts about Greece.
    • Reading: you should be reading for 20 mins every night.

    Posted in art, english, geography, maths, reading log, science | 6 Comments »

    (working on a day off) Monday

    Posted by willkay on November 15, 2010

    Yes, today is a day off school. Or, to be more accurate, it is a day that I don’t have to go into school, it is not necessarily a day off. I have a pile of stories to mark and a set of score cards to total. On Friday, as the students read out their stories, they listeners were asked to grade each reader on: reading of the story; understandability of the story; enjoyability of the story. They could give a maximum of 10 points for each category, a total of 30 points for each story. I have taken in all the scoresheets and added up the points. With 20 different score sheets, that means that the top possible score was 600. The top ten scores were as follows:

    589 points : Octavio

    589 points: Diego

    585 points: Daniel

    584 points: Francisco

    565 points: Alejandro

    564 points: Marianna

    562 points: Ninotchka

    562 points: Mariana

    551 points: Jose Luis

    551 points: Alexa

    Congratulations to those ten students. Now it is back to work for me.

    Posted in no school, stories | 5 Comments »

    (brilliant) Friday

    Posted by willkay on November 12, 2010

    Ok, this has to be quick. Personally I’d rather wait until tomorrow when I have more time to write this. However, my students (bless their little cotton socks) were telling me that they need to see The Wall Of Fame immediately, and this “going-home-on-a-Friday-and-having-a-life-so-I-don’t-update-until-Saturday” just will not do! As it happens, I do have a life. And, although no one has invited me to the cinema to see Back To The Future, I have been invited out to sit in a restaurant – which is nice. But, the students have been brilliant today. After a slow start to the week, every day they have just got better and better. Today was a fantastic day! So, as a way of saying thank you, I am updating my blog now! Even though I should really be getting in some time on the Wii before stepping out.

    All the homework notebooks were signed!

    The students started the day with yoga and then went on to do maths. Today we moved on to perimeter, and the relationship between perimeter and area. Obviously there isn’t a great relationship, however it is possible to work out the largest possible area if you know the perimeter. This was followed by a science lesson (at last) where we started to investigate the digestive system. Some of this is very interesting. Unfortunately some of it is very, errrrm how can I put this, very not-the-sort-of-thing-you-discuss-at-the-dinner-table.

    Recess, and Professor Rodolfo released the hoops onto the playground. It appears that some people can hula-hoop while others cannot.

    After recess it was PE.

    And then it was time for English and the Reading Log numbers:

    THE WALL OF FAME

  • 999 pages: Ana Paola
  • 606 pages: Roberto
  • 561 pages: Polette
  • 402 pages: Ninotchka
  • 378 pages: Alejandro
  • 372 pages: Mariana
  • 316 pages: Jose Luis
  • 310 pages: Octavio
  • You have probably noticed that this week’s The Wall Of Fame has more than five names on it. It has eight. This is because I was really impressed with this week’s reading. [Did you look at Ana Paola’s number of pages read? Look again. In fact, look at them all again and think about that book at the side of your bed. How many pages does it have? Yes, most of these children have read a whole book this week, or two, or three.] Of the 20 students who were in school today, eighteen of them had read over 140 pages. This means that as a group we are now reading, on average, over 20 pages a day – which is excellent. Well done to everyone.

    The day finished with everyone reading their stories. This week I tried something new. In order to get the students to concentrate on their writing, and to make sure that what they wrote made sense, I asked everyone to grade each other’s work. This also improved the listening skills of the class. Everyone had to grade a piece of work on: how well it was read; if the story was understandable; if the story was enjoyable. I have all the results and will total these up. Not now. Later. I might publish the scores on here. It depends how the rest of the weekend goes. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a good weekend and I will see you all on TUESDAY.

    Homework:

    • Reading: you should be reading for 20 mins every night.

    Posted in english, maths, PE, reading log, science, stories, wall of fame, youtube | 2 Comments »

     
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