It’s been a rough summer. Most summers, I have some kind of mindless job to keep me busy for a few hours a day, and I spend the rest of my time visiting friends and family, napping, lesson planning for the upcoming yeat, or working on my incredible tan. Okay, maybe not the tan part.
This summer I’ve been teaching summer school to a trying, albeit cute group of young ELL students. I thought that since they were the little ones (3rd going into 4th grade) that it’d be a piece of cake, compared to my regular gig teaching sixth graders. I stand corrected.
Last week, a kid punched his friend in the eye for making fun of somebody else’s hair cut.
On Tuesday, one ran away.
On Thursday, one refused to speak ANY English.The translations his classmates helped me with weren’t pretty.
I think this job has caused me to lose the usual summer time focus I normally have during my months off. When I get home, I NEED a nap, and after that, I can’t form a thought deep enough to create a lesson plan. But fortunately, I have managed to do some research and I need to say that I have found a fantastic resource for writing teachers. Corbett Harrison, whom I found through writingfix.com has inspired me with some amazing ideas, my most favorite of which is a “margin mascot”. Yes, a stick figure inserted in each page of writing whose purpose is to comment on the student’s writing from a “different perspective”. Harrison’s mascot is Mr. Stick, and I adore him. My current project is integrating more free journal writing into my curriculum in a point system kind of way, and I think that this will be just the thing to get my kids hooked. I’m linking Harrison’s site here for my writing teacher friends and I HIGHLY recommend it. http://corbettharrison.com/documents/Mr.Stick/Mr_Stick_Section_WAC_Intros.pdf