--Involved two students in the peer groups even though
they hadn’t brought their essays.This gave those students a way to still
learn from the experience even though they hadn’t prepared.She did this
without embarrassing the students at all.
--Circulated while students worked in groups to answer
questions and keep them on task (although most students stayed on task anyway.)
--Addressed students who got off topic in a direct but
--Told students when they were to work silently and when
and how to talk when appropriate
--Kept her cool when several students would ask the same
--Kept students focused and efficiently moving from one step to the next
--Provided time limits
for each activity
--Modeled each step so students could see exactly what
they had to do
--Students were able to find figurative language and imagery
examples in peer papers.
--Essay gave students an opportunity to extend their understanding
of fig. language and imagery by creating their own examples
--Essay gave students a chance to extend the story using
their own imagination and interpretation of the character and the story
--Kept students focused from bell to bell (great planning!)
--Wrote on board and communicated verbally expectations
for next class (that they would turn in all steps of the essay with the final draft as well as the packet)
Suggestions / Questions:
TEACHER PROFESSIONALISM (reflecting, efficacy, professional relationships, communicating
--Abby had organized a conference with the mother of one student in this class because he was
not turning in his homework, doing his reading, or being respectful in the classroom.Today his behavior was markedly improved, and he managed to catch up on much of his missing work.This demonstrates that the conference was a success!
Overall, Abby has expertly guided the B1 classes through the reading of Hatchet, the literary activities, and the final essay project.Her
organization, timing, creative materials, and clear understanding of student potential have made this a successful unit for
Abby and her ESOL 2 students.