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Help-non specialist teaching year 8!

Discussion in 'English' started by yarrow, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. Hi
    Due to staffing issues I am now teaching year 8 English. I have the same group for 2 hours a week. Before I try and tackle the schemes of learning has anyone got any suggestions for a starter lesson. My first session is on monday. I'd like to get an idea of their abilities, aptitude etc... Any help would be great. cheers.
     
  2. Hi
    Due to staffing issues I am now teaching year 8 English. I have the same group for 2 hours a week. Before I try and tackle the schemes of learning has anyone got any suggestions for a starter lesson. My first session is on monday. I'd like to get an idea of their abilities, aptitude etc... Any help would be great. cheers.
     
  3. GloriaSunshine

    GloriaSunshine New commenter

    What SOW are you starting with? I'd just teach a normal lesson!
     
  4. Hi,

    Is the class mixed ability and do you have an idea of the range?

    I would use a short writing exercise to find out about your pupils and assess their strengths and weaknesses. I usually start with a short written activity which gets redrafted onto a template for display so that I can get the classroom looking lived in and help the kids feel a part of it.
     
  5. Good luck if you have yet to tackle any schemes of work! I would assume that the department would help out in your planning and assessment and would give you assistance for yor first few lessons.
    I tend to start each year with:
    <ol>[*]Basic introduction to me/introduction to you speaking activity - each child speaks to a partner and feeds back one exciting fact. I model with something exciting about me.
    [*]Banned Words - nice, good, bad, interesting, boring. Students come up with synonyms and we discuss why such words should be banned by looking at them in a sentence or two. [*]Descriptive writing about holidays encouraging students to describe a short snapshot (about 5 minutes) in their best language. Only a <u>paragraph</u> needed and this is then peer assessed and we talk about what we look for as markers to improve our writing and make it more successful. You might want to model a paragrpah for them. My holiday included being rather ill, so my paragraph was very negative. We put the AFs in an order as a class to decide which are most important to this task and why</ol>
    • AF7 Vocabulary (this is my Top Trump)
    • AF5 Sentence Types
    • AF6 Punctuation
    • AF1 Excitement in writing
    • AF8 Spelling
    It isn't that I ignore AFs 2, 3 or 4 but they tend to apply to longer written pieces.
    You can also ask markers to read out opening sentences that really GRAB the audience or sentences that employ the TOP TRUMP.
     
  6. Thank you for your quick responses and help, I don't feel quite as nervous now about Monday morning.

    The scheme of work that I have been given looks at persuasive writing and speaking. This involves a letter writing task and writing a script and presenting/recording it based on the idea of a charity radio appeal.

    Getting to know them and their abilities at the beginning will help me a great deal as they are a mixed ability group. Thanks again. cheers, yarrow.
     
  7. I am teaching a Year 8 cover lesson once a week next term and thought your plans sounded fun and would motivate my weak class. Would you be kind enough to send more details? Many thanks.
     

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