Rarely do my 7th hour,
When I said those two things, they knew immediately that I had been chatting with the middle school ELA teacher and that there were deadlines looming ahead. Throughout the year I have battled them over deadlines and becoming responsible and really just using this time to work thoughtfully. Are they listening, finally?
We have been working on poetry all week. I have been showing them examples of Poetry Slams and kids writing poems. We have investigated all the poetry books in the library (I need more, by the way!) I always try to connect what they are doing in class to something in the library and I'm taking this opportunity to teach them a little about free verse and how they too can put together a poem without a formula.
I am very proud of the progress we have made this year. Personally, I think 5th grade is really too young for middle school and switching classes every hour. But, I get it. In order to make our staffing ratio's work out we have gone to a 5-8 middle school. They adapt ok. However, this is the time of the year when I see them truly get the concept of middle school. They grow up.