Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My life is very interesting

My students love to learn things about me.  When working on new topics in class, I like to write things up for the students to read and apply their new skill to.  The best way to do this is with English.  I might type up a passage about me and make mistakes that they need to correct, or I have them find all the verbs, or fill in adjectives where I put blanks. 
Here is an example of a passage I typed when working with finding nouns:
            Yesterday was my friend Robyn’s birthday.  She is the same age as I am.  I met Robyn when I was in high school.  I was a sophomore and she was a freshman.  We were in a computer class together and I was impressed by how quickly she could type.  On my birthday that year, she brought a cake to school for me and that weekend I slept over at her house.  Ever since then, we have been the best of friends!
In this passage my students were to read it first, then take out their highlighters and highlight all the nouns they found.  It was fun for them because they learned about me and they got to use highlighters, which doesn’t happen too often.
When typing things for my students, I make sure I use Comic Sans MS font.  This is the closest font to actual print.  When typing passages for them I double spacing and make the writing fill up the entire page (especially if they are to highlight, circle, or underline something-they need that space).

Don’t be afraid to tell your students a little bit about yourself.  You don’t need to tell them EVERY detail, but it’s nice for them to see that you are a person too.

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