Reflection: Joy What an Idiom - Section 2: The Task: Creating the Idiom Poster


I have talked to a lot of teachers about the Common Core.  Many express disappointment and worry about having to make such big shifts in the curriculum, partly because they are concerned about "losing" that spirit of fun that makes the language arts classroom come alive.  Though the Common Core definitely challenges us to think seriously about some pretty sophisticated objectives before launching out, I do think there is still room in the middle school classroom for fun.

Today's lesson (addressing standard L8.5)  is a good example of that.  Did we have to make posters?  Nah.  I mean, you can study idioms as you come across them in reading, or you can create an assignment wherein students identify and define them...I mean, there are lots of ways to teach anything.   But I would argue that having a fun day that doesn't feel so serious helps the students (and teacher) maintain enthusiasm and energy for the hard stuff.

Research tells us that kids have lots of different learning styles, so this gives the artists a chance to shine and show off their work.  And the kids who like a little competition can get a taste of that in the voting. 

I guess my main point of this reflection is that the Common Core is a framework and a guide.  It's up to all of us to bring the fun.

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What an Idiom

Unit 14: Those Pesky Grammar and Language Lessons
Lesson 2 of 2

Objective: SWBAT define and use a variety of popular idioms

Big Idea: Idioms represent shared cultural experiences...and they are tons of fun!

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