students take notes on their own while I was at an amazing conference soaking up fantastic ideas from inspiring teachers! Here are the guided notes I gave them to complete while watching his videos. The links to his videos are embedded in the document. (Click the read more button to see what I did with all the extra time that created!)
students "study for the quiz tomorrow", but we never actually teach them how to do that. Many of them have no clue where to start.
I decided I was going to start showing my 7th graders how to do this. I made this handout for them and explained that we were going to practice how to study today. I told them that these strategies will apply to other classes and will be extra useful for high school. One of my students exclaimed "This is so helpful! All teachers should do this! I never know how to study!" I felt immediately satisfied that this was a necessary lesson.
With Edpuzzle you can crop videos to only show the most relevant section and then embed questions for students to answer throughout!
WIth my older students who have already learned about and been exposed to Day of the Dead, I find that a quick review is more effective and age-appropriate.
The beginning of the year can be so fun! You're excited to get to know your kids and help them learn new things! But then --big sigh-- you have to REVIEW! Oh no!! Is it just me or does that suck all the fun out of everything?!
Here is my solution: Differentiated review stations!
Back in January I wrote a post about pre-teaching with Quizlet and I wanted to follow up because it has just been such an amazing tool!
We recently finished reading Pobre Ana and Patricia va a California in my Spanish A and B classes. We were really crunched for time this year, so I didn't have as much time as I would have liked to pre-teach new vocabulary. Instead, my colleagues and I created Quizlets for each chapter and assigned them as homework. Before reading each day, we would play Quizlet Live (See this post for more details!) so that the students were incentivized to actually study the night before. It made reading a million times smoother and kids actually retained the words better than through regular vocabulary instruction and PQA. The great thing about Quizlet is that you can do the flashcards with sound. Here is how I ask my students to use it:
1. Go through the flashcards or list 1-2 times with the sound on so you can head the pronunciation.
2. Use one of the active study tools in Quizlet for as long as you need to feel comfortable with the words. This will differ per person.
I can't say enough good things about this product and highly recommend that all teachers try it!