A few students away today with cricket which worked out well as most the classes were finishing off work. I talked to my yr 8 english class about foregrounding in the novel we are reading and the clues we get about what the story might be about, the students then picked their overal theme and spent time in groups chosing quotes to support their theme from the first chapter.
The year 10 class watched a TED talk by Hans Rosling on the creation of his Gapminder graphing website and how we need to rethink our perceptions of 'developing' countries. He's very passionate about statistic and it shows in his presentions! Yr 10 history also watched a documentary - on the structure and reasons for trench warfare. They then completed a worksheet from yesterday and handed their books up for marking.
The Year 9 english class finished reading chapter 3 of our novel, The Hunger Games, so we watched the movie of the book up until the part we were up to. For some students, having a character or setting they can visualise can help them follow the novel, and despite the many flaws in the conversion of the story to the film, the settings and characters are quite well done.
This blog is a record of the day to day classroom activities for teachers, parents and students. This is also a bit of a personal record for myself on how things are going and what each class is working on.