I am very excited to be back teaching Language this year. We will be doing a lot of fun, creative, interesting, and, of course, educational activities throughout the year.
Reading: We will be reading a novel together to start off the school year. Title is yet to be named. Rest assured it's going to draw you into the story and make you want to come to school every day to find out what's happening next!
Also, please read my post on the Home page, regarding "No Homework" and reading at home. Reading for 20 minutes can be painful to many students, especially if they do not see the point. Having someone with whom you can discuss the reading is essential, and can, frankly, fill up some of those long moments of silence in the house. Please encourage your child to find out interesting facts, items of interest and even novels, if that is where their interests lie.
Writing: I try to have the students writing on a daily basis. This is the one skill from which many students cringe; but I think it's because they rarely get the opportunity to just write what they want! Topics, genres, and items of interest will be discussed and written throughout the school year. Our first assignment is actually for the parents! Yes, It's called "A Million Words or Less". Please see the attached document at the bottom of this blog for more information. I really want to know more about your child and who best to tell me, than parents/guardians.
Our other writing assignment will be an interview. Students will be interviewing a randomly chosen student in the classroom to introduce to the rest of us. They will interview the student, and then choose in which genre they want to tell about their classmate. Never fear! They will all be practising on me first! :-)
Oral and Visual Communication: The majority of the marks this year will be taken up with our program called "T.U.S.C." (Totally Unbelievalbe Speaking Club). If some of last year's Mme. Degagne's students are in my class, they you will know the French version. Due to the fact that I also have to fit in 11 music classes, only on Day 1 will we have a double Language period. Therefore, the students will be scheduled to present only twice a month. I will create write another post dedicated to describing TUSC and all the "roles" involved. This is the only homework assignment that the students will complete at home. Information to come.
Media: The students will be working on creating a personal motto and logo in the first month. They will research and look at other mottos and logos in our world, for our school and then practise together on creating one for our class, before creating their own. It's a fun way of getting to know students, what they stand for, and their interests.
Communication: I look forward to meeting you all during Meet the Teacher, date to be determined. If you are not able to come in, I'd love to speak with you or touch base at some point before the progress reports go home in November. I find it's always best to see with whom you are communicating and then it's easier to discuss and solve any problems which may pop up throughout the school year. Please contact me any time to come in and have a chat. I can usually meet you before school starts, or some days after school. Please remember I also teach Music, therefore, many of my days are taken up with band/music related activities.
My job is to ensure our students feel comfortable to explore new possibilities within themselves and in the world. I look forward to meeting everyone and seeing their growth throughout the year. I love learning, I love listening (believe it or not...yes, I am chatty, but passionate!) to what students want and their interests; in turn creating dynamic lessons, projects, and a positive, safe environment in which to work.
Please contact me if you have any further questions or concerns.
Yours in education,