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Andrea Tong


First two weeks


What a terrific turnout for Back-to-School night.  I appreciate the enthusiasm parents expressed as we chatted about what's in store for 7th and 8th grade English.

The first two weeks have flown by and I believe we are off to a very productive year.  Some of the talking points in class include:

  • Island to the mainland/scaffolding strategies
  • "Surgery"-work ethics and morals
  • Communication- class theme
  • First week assembly and quotes- "If it's uncomfortable;it's working" and "If you care, you remember".
  • Kindness-school theme
  • Learning modalities (styles)
  • Book Talks
  • Give me five-attention

Week three and four highlights:

  • Plot-structure/walls/diagram
  • Setting-details galore!
  • Literary Tool Box
  • Language Arts Objectives
  • Objective=Goooooaaaalllll
  • Big Umbrella
  • Authentic You-writing
  • "For the Birds"- irony and poetic justice
  • Communication
  • Proper Headings = your class number too
  • Book Talks
  • Close Reading
  • 2.25- time to teach
  • Efficacy
  • Resonate