Reflection: Joy Welcome Back: Return to Routines and Procedures - Section 2: Reading Response and Participation Ground Rules

 

While the survey provided a wide variety of questions, I focused discussion on those I felt the students would be most likely to respond to. Additionally, I added discussion about preference between print and electronic presentation, based on the way the conversation went in an earlier class. It was surprising; the majority of students preferred paper, print text to an e-reader, such as Kindle or Nook. 

In addition to using the survey as a way to introduce some of the ideas about discussion and reflective writing we will be addressing in class, the discussion continues my effort to build community in the classroom and to get to know my students, especially the transfer students. I was impressed with the early-semester motivation, students willingness to share their thoughts and react to each others' ideas. They quickly built a rapport and open environment in class. I'd like to think the Daily Holiday discussions, class participation, and related activities have contributed to this, but time will tell if it was simply the energy of the first day of the semester. 

I did not discuss the goal setting questions with the students in class, but students will receive feedback on their goals individually in class. This provided me an opportunity to see how they gauged themselves and their progress last semester.

 

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Welcome Back: Return to Routines and Procedures

Unit 13: Literacy: Figurative Language in the Poetry of Whitman & Dickinson
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT respond to differing attitudes on reading and support their own opinions regarding text selection in a whole-class discussion.

Big Idea: Welcome Back! At the kick off of the second semester, we're setting some ground rules for group discussion and classroom management.

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