My students are in one of the following courses: reading remediation, English 11 or Advanced Placement English Language and Composition. These courses emphasize reading, writing, listening and speaking. Some students will be skilled in all areas; however, other students may need assistance in one or more of the areas in order to pass the class.
With graduation only a year away, my students set and achieve short-term goals in order to obtain the long-term goals of the college or career of their choice.
Some students focus solely on academics, and other students participate in extra-curricular activities, work a part-time job or are parents to young children. Because I've taught 9th grade in previous years, I know the strengths and areas for improvement for many students this year as I've taught them before. They are a fun, hardworking and intelligent group!
This project will help students with academics and social skills. In terms of academics, students will use the whiteboards to show their brainstorming during assignments. Students can make compare/contrast diagrams or cause/effect charts. Each group member can write their analysis of a text on the whiteboard. Because it is a whiteboard, students can easily erase and update ideas.
More than just academics - working in small groups allows students to learn the fundamentals of teamwork.
While working in groups, students will use a rubric that focuses on group dynamics, so they can learn to take turns, listen to each other, and stay on topic. In addition to teaching students learning strategies and group skills, the whiteboard allows me to use less paper because the whiteboard can be used again and again.
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