Our 8th grade is the best! My 8th graders come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Our school is a Title I school. We're a suburban community that pulls students from a wide range of neighborhoods.
My 8th graders are on the edge between childhood and adulthood; they are so ready to soar.
In middle school, each day brings them closer to discovering who they're going to be. Each day gives them an opportunity to grow into responsible, respectful adults.
I teach 8th grade Language Arts. In my class we create “anchor charts” that are displayed around the room with notes and reminders from recent lessons. We create these charts together in class using chart paper with markers. Education and advertising research has shown that colored background with black ink makes information easier to read. For this reason, I use brightly colored paper and black markers to highlight important information in our anchor charts.
When students encounter a particular challenge in their work, they can refer to anchor charts for assistance!
Sometimes, as charts are removed from the walls, students can glue mini versions of helpful anchor charts into their notebooks to use later. I would use brightly colored printer paper to print mini-charts on, so students can quickly find and use helpful mini-charts.
Students revise and edit their writing throughout the writing process. Even though more and more of their work is completed on the computer, I still find that students have a much harder time revising and editing digitally. They miss so many of the awkward wordings/typos/errors when they revise and edit on the computer. I often have my students print their work so they can revise and edit the old fashioned way using a pen and paper. My students use different colored pens to stand for different elements. For example, they could correct spelling errors in red, and revise their transitions in purple. When my students have another student revise their work, they use a different color than the author, so the author can tell who made which correction.
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