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Posts Made By: pvs2013
Board: The VENT 03-04-2013, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By pvs2013
Augh!!! Me too. I am tired of 8th graders...

Augh!!! Me too. I am tired of 8th graders thinking they know it all.

Fortunately for me I have parent-teacher conferences coming up Thurs and Fri, so I can hopefully set some kids straight. And...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 11-08-2012, 05:04 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By pvs2013
I like the idea of reading A Christmas Carol or...

I like the idea of reading A Christmas Carol or Christmas Memory. What activities/teaching do you usually do around that?
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 10-25-2012, 07:58 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By pvs2013
Thank you, everyone, for these tips! Today went...

Thank you, everyone, for these tips! Today went smoothly as well. I think I'll continue the ignoring. I've been finding quiet ways to acknowledge her presence in the room without praising or...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 10-24-2012, 04:25 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By pvs2013
consistently challenging student

I teach 8th grade (self-contained). I have 23 students, and most of them are respectful, hardworking kids. I have one student who is just an enigma to me. I have been teaching 6 years and have...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 10-09-2012, 08:50 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By pvs2013
I read The Book Whisperer this summer and decided...

I read The Book Whisperer this summer and decided to try her program with my 8th graders this year. The goal is 40 books a year; at least 2-3 from 9 different genres, and . I have a class with a...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 07-26-2012, 01:26 PM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By pvs2013
AWESOME, thank you!

AWESOME, thank you!
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 06-18-2012, 08:40 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By pvs2013
that's a lot of choices! now to narrow them...

that's a lot of choices! now to narrow them down... thanks everyone!
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 06-12-2012, 06:27 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By pvs2013
novel studies for 8th grade

Hi, I'm teaching 8th grade for the first time in September and am looking for some good novel studies/nonfiction texts to read with them. This year was the first year we had an 8th grade (developing...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 05-04-2012, 06:16 PM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By pvs2013
confused about the situation. is she unable to...

confused about the situation. is she unable to do movement/fitness activities? if possible i'd see if i could get her out moving -- even just walking, stretching or running laps.

she could write...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 04-30-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By pvs2013
yup. our school has a 'no junk food' policy and...

yup. our school has a 'no junk food' policy and the only drinks allowed are milk, water and 100% juice. I look the other way when students bring lemonade, but that's as lax as I get. I don't even...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 04-24-2012, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By pvs2013
Thanks. I should mention that when I posted this...

Thanks. I should mention that when I posted this I had already filed a report -- called CPS yesterday afternoon, followed up with the student and called back today. They are coming to visit the...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 04-23-2012, 09:03 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By pvs2013
student concern... wwyd?

This is an email I sent to our principal, 8th grade teacher and subject teacher today asking for help. Maybe you can offer advice as well. What would you do? (I teach 7th). Thanks in advance for...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 12-07-2011, 05:17 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By pvs2013
I agree -- the learning needs to be focused and...

I agree -- the learning needs to be focused and high-level. I try to use the word 'engaging' rather than fun. Nothing you do needs to be fun, but students will work so much harder to 'get it' if...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 11-11-2011, 11:08 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By pvs2013
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. It is a novel, but...

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. It is a novel, but it's short -- under 100 pages. In addition each chapter is its own short vignette told by its own character, so you can read them as short stories...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 09-22-2011, 06:41 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By pvs2013
silent ball! all students sit on top of their...

silent ball! all students sit on top of their desks. get a koosh ball or other soft ball. throw it to a student -- they continue throwing around the room. i have a couple rules:

1) students...
Board: Sixth Grade 09-15-2011, 06:50 PM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By pvs2013
Sixth grade is awesome. You will love it! ...

Sixth grade is awesome. You will love it!

I also do a weekly class meeting -- we play a game or team-building activity, and have an 'agenda' posted where both students and teacher can write...
Board: Sixth Grade 09-15-2011, 06:42 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By pvs2013
I teach in a middle class, progressive school. ...

I teach in a middle class, progressive school. We're highly academic, but we don't give much homework at our school because we place a lot of value on kids' extracurricular activities and family...
Board: Sixth Grade 09-15-2011, 06:27 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By pvs2013
most Jerry Spinelli books (Maniac Magee, etc.) ,...

most Jerry Spinelli books (Maniac Magee, etc.) , Jean Craighead George (My Side of the Mountain), I agree with Andrew Clements' books -- love them!
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 05-30-2011, 11:55 AM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By pvs2013
questions!

Reading Response

Choose a book you read this month and write a well-developed response (one to two full paragraphs) about what you have read. Please write neatly. In each paragraph, you can...
Board: The VENT 05-25-2011, 07:43 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By pvs2013
Online homework? Weird! I would, if I were...

Online homework? Weird!

I would, if I were you, make the strong case for paper homework by arguing in favor of the students who will not have access to technology/internet at home. For...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 05-23-2011, 06:14 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By pvs2013
reading response

I used to do that, too, and it worked well for me when I taught 3rd and 4th grade and parents were very involved with homework...
But I found that in middle school, students who were avid readers...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 05-20-2011, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By pvs2013
I do that all the time. In fact, we do it every...

I do that all the time. In fact, we do it every week as a class meeting in my class. It has really helped them become a community and help each other out over the year. I think it's a great idea.
...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 05-10-2011, 09:21 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By pvs2013
Jacqueline Woodson books are great -- many of...

Jacqueline Woodson books are great -- many of them deal with African-American children coming of age. After Tupac and D Foster is a favorite.
Board: Fifth Grade 05-01-2011, 07:54 AM
Replies: 27
 
Posted By pvs2013
Our school is K-8. I'm at a charter school, but...

Our school is K-8. I'm at a charter school, but about half the schools in our district are K-8. The other half are K-5 elementary, 6-8 middle school.
Board: Fourth Grade 05-01-2011, 07:32 AM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By pvs2013
Sound: Have students make paper cup and tin...

Sound:

Have students make paper cup and tin can telephones; have them explore different materials -- twine, yarn, metal cord... big cans, smaller cans, paper cups... longer/shorter string...
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