By Patrick Kelley, author of Teaching Smarter
1. Need an idea for your next class project or assignment? Have students write a half page description of “The absolute best assignment a teacher has ever given you to do!” Or try this prompt: “Of all the assignments that you have ever done since you entered school, which one was the most fun? Why?” Or this: “Of all the assignments that you have ever done in any class, which one did you learn the most from?” Collect the work, and you’ll likely find at least two ideas worth trying. All you need is one!
2. Use Socratic Seminar discussion cards. Some students have difficulty participating in a group discussion. Sometimes the discussions lack insight. I have about forty 3 x 5 cards printed with suggestions for improving a discussion or helping a student enter it. For example, one card might say, “I…
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Students in the Badger Team at DeForest Area Middle School recently completed an outreach project for Madison homeless children. The project, called “The Badger Cup Program,” was started in 1997 for students in the Madison Transition Education Program.
The DeForest sixth graders, led by their teachers Jodi Acker, Tammy Breitlow, Bill Porter, Cathy Moore, and Tracy Biodrowski, collected over 130 UW-Madison Badger cups and filled them with personally designed friendship cards and bracelets. Students also brought in school supplies, candy, hats, mittens, and toys to help fill these cups.
Janie Koester, the Madison transition education teacher, says these special reminders of friendship make a huge difference in the lives of students.
Hello Dear Sixth-Graders!