There’s nothing quite as nerve-wracking and exciting as being asked to teach a sample lesson as one of the final steps of the interview process! As we’re sure you know, it’s important to put your best foot forward. While this can be intimidating, we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you with this sample lesson. In fact, we used this lesson, ourselves, when interviewing for a teaching position (we both were offered the jobs!).
This year we decided to switch things up a bit with our summer reading assignment for our incoming students. In the past, we’ve assigned a class novel to read, often with some sort of discussion questions to answer and an essay to write. When the first day of school rolled around, the last thing we wanted to do was grade that pile of mediocre essays. And let’s be honest, the last thing our students wanted to do over summer was write those mediocre essays and read an assigned book!
19 days until the end of the school year sounds absolutely insane! We are definitely going to miss this year's bunch of 5th graders, but I'm (Caitlin) excited to be moving back to 8th grade next year :) And that means I'll get to teach this same set of kids again! I've absolutely loved them!
That last day of school is always hectic. There's 2.5 hours (at least for us) to say goodbye, do a fun activity, clean everything up, and who knows what else. But, we try to get all of the clean up done in the few days before the last day of school, so we can spend those last few hours together reminiscing about the year, doing a fun and challenging academic activity, and just spending some good, quality time together. We love these five ideas and hope you and your kiddos do, too!
Since it's the end of the year and the days are speeding by, and the end of the school year is basically upon us, we thought it would be fun to share the most recent descriptive writing project we've been working on with our middle school students. Our kids are absolutely loving this project, which is a win-win because it can definitely be tough to keep them engaged toward the end of the school year! We've outlined our lesson plan for this activity step-by-step below :)
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If essential questions are new to you, basically they are "big idea" questions about recurring themes in a novel or literary piece. These questions encourage students to do the following: