Friday, July 23, 2010

Short Stories

Hey guys, I am trying to change things up a bit this year and would like any suggestions that anyone may have on any Short Stories that you may think would be good for 8th graders.
Please post them. Thanks!
I have been working on my Wikki and I hope that you are looking at it whenever you have time to do so. Please let me know what you think and any suggestions that you may have. Thanks everyone.

Monday, June 14, 2010

English Strategies reply

I too agree that students are falling behind on English skills. Grammar in this area is very poor, in general. We speak a different dialect. I am not saying that to insult anyone... I love this area., but Grammar just isn't the strong point for many.
Students need essential skills in proper grammar, sentence structure, and vocablulary. One way I ensure that my students get basic skills, is to utilize Mountain Language. I create a bulletin board and each week the students are to complete the assignments on the board. It is checked and turned in on Fridays. The students can work on this when they come in and then when they have completed their assignments. This way, students are still being introduced to basic essential skills while not taking away from other class time. Mountain Language doe not come in my specific grade level, but it is easily adaptable to ANY grade level. Hope this helps some...Pepper

Friday, June 4, 2010

Hello my name is Jennifer and I currently work at Shady Spring Middle School and I teach 8th Grade English. I often worry about the road that students are traveling down in regard to English, because they do not seem to worry about learning English, let alone doing any type of work in relation to English. I realize that 8th Grade is a difficult year for our youth, but I struggle to point out to them the importance of English in their overall life and education. Please feel free to share your feelings and any strategies that you may have that I can use in my classroom to help work with my students with me concerning this subject. I look forward to hearing from you.