Finally Friday. I think that should be the name of this day every week. Today is the day my students hand in the work they’ve done this week. They take a vocabulary quiz and just wind up the week. This week they wrote essays for their History classes. I teach English Learners and writing this piece was really a struggle for them. Although it wasn’t a particularly successful venture, we gave it a good effort. And now we’ll move on.
Aside from the essay, we made some sweet little mini-book reports. I love office supplies. Cool pens, Post-its, special notebooks and fancy duct tape just make me smile. Last weekend I bought 500 shipping tags, just because I liked them and I was sure I could come up with something to do with them. I could have chosen the pack of 100, but they had wires to hang them by. The box of 500 was only twice as much and those had white cotton strings as hangers. This aesthetic was important to me, so I now have a lifetime supply of shipping tags. Look below at our book tags. These photos are of the same tags. The first picture is the title side and the second one is the “tell a little something about the book and make another illustration” side.
They’re sweet, aren’t they? We read for 12 – 15 m inutes each day in my class. Because my students are long term English learners, I think one of the most important things they need to learn is to read. I want them to be readers and I know that the only way that will happen is if they have time to read books they want to read. (Can you tell I’m a big Krashen fan?) Things like reading logs and big book reports and projects seem to me like deterrents to learning to love reading, so I think something small might be better. I know not everyone shares this opinion, but it’s mine and I’ll stand by it! The students enjoyed these little projects, and I love how they look!
Have a sweet Friday.