And just like that, the first week of school has come and gone. Wow. What a week!
|the calm before the storm|
Since going home from school that first afternoon, I have had a deep, never ending feeling of gratitude and this warm sensation in my gut. Picture a complex ball of emotions made up of excitement, inspiration and the need to create, sitting in my heart. It's still there, this ball, and I hope the fire in my nerve endings never ceases. It was really awesome to meet all of you and I can't wait to see all the wonderful things we will write, read, view, say, discuss and create together and on our own. Everything seems to be falling into place - from what I have been envisioning in my head (since November last year) to what's real today - I couldn't have asked for a better start to a new school year.
|starting the year right|
|Word for the Year: a worthy exercise|
|First middle school assembly: eager beavers listening to Gareth Barlow |
talk about expeditions and activities
|the 7PGu boys reflect on their first day|
Likewise, it was also really important that we created our essential agreements off the bat. Remember, all disappointment stem from unfulfilled expectations. So being transparent and agreeing on what we expect our class norms to be minimize (or help us avoid) possible issues in the future. Anyway, I am in the middle of going over everyone's goal setting presentations*.
So far, well done!
Whether you shared a brochure from Pages or a keynote, it has been interesting reading and taking note of what you all intend to achieve this year starting with the first term.
|working on their first task: goal setting|
In case you need to review what I wanted you to be able to communicate through your brochure or presentation, here are the *questions:
1. How do you learn best?
2. I expect English class to be ... (complete this sentence)
3. List your top three to four goals for English this year (some notes on what you want to achieve the first term in particular)
4. How will you achieve these goals?
5. How can I help you achieve your goals?
6. Finally, what was the last book you read ... write a short blurb on it (ideas, comments, review, summary).
Well, I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend. Don't forget to visit our class site, subscribe to the class calendar and this blog. Until tomorrow, be safe everyone.