Reflection: Trust and Respect The First Day of High School: "This is Me in Grade 9!" - Section 2: Listen to the hilarious song, "This is Me in Grade 9"

 

I am very much processing the class's comments and trying to gauge how I can set up the right culture in this class that establishes respect across the board and values the input of each student--particularly when controversial issues are concerned.  

This first lesson went really great!  The students were clearly interested in sharing their embellished experiences of the trials and tribulations of the first day of school:

-          “I got lost.”

-          “I got lost in the basement by the boiler room, and it was scary.”

-          “I fell down the stairs.”

-          “I got attacked by a locker!!”

Some seemed to have a ring of truth to them, but many of the student experiences were just plain funny, so they were ready to analyze the song, “This is me in Grade 9,” which depicts freshman year in all of its crazy,  mixed-up glory. 

Later, in groups, the students found somewhere between 1-3 examples.  The assignment was to find 2 examples, but some went beyond, and some were unable to convert on this.  I now have 3 student names on my short list of potential RtI candidates because they did not get any examples down.  Their inability to find examples may not mean much, but then again, this first day activity can begin to help me to understand potential skill gaps.

On the whole, it was a great team builder and set the stage for engaged discussions and interactions all year.  This is the first time I have used this particular song, and it might become a staple in my repertoire for freshmen. 

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The First Day of High School: "This is Me in Grade 9!"

Unit 1: Constructive Controversy -- Oral and Written Argumentation
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: SWBAT engage in collaborative, constructive controversy through spoken and written argument.

Big Idea: Here's a great way to start your year--with a little bit of controversy and a lot of fun.

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