Standards as Target of Focus This Semester

“What standard are you using as a target of focus this semester? How can you link activities for different learning styles to this standard?”

I want to teach the Second Grade.  I am going to focus this semester on the Common Core Standard listed below:

Craft and Structure*

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

I chose this particular standard because I have a background in both English and Music, and can think of many creative ways to teach this standard.  I am classically trained on both violin and piano, and can think of many ways to demonstrate rhythm to my students.  My bachelors degree is in English, and therefore I also understand the technichalities of the literature as well.

Therefore, to demonstrate this CCS, I can imagine myself with an instrument, such as a drum or wooden block, tapping out the beat while reading a poem aloud.  This would help students understand the “tempo” of the poem, and realize that there is a metric quality to the words on the page.  (Thus understanding that it is more of a piece of “art” versus just written lines.)

I will then tie in this newly discovered rhythm to the meaning of the poem or reading. I will explain to students how the rhymes, beat, and other literary techniques help us discover the true meaning of the poem.

I look forward to further planning and fleshing out my ideas for this lesson plan.
*Works Cited: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/2

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog Reflection

I enjoyed checking out the “Cool Cat Teacher Blog.”

Here’s the link:

https://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http%3A%2F%2Fcoolcatteacher.blogspot.com?tab=people&uname=plan3t_t3ch

Eva Brown is a teacher and an author.  Eva brown preaches the use of technology in the classroom for many reasons.  First, she points out that student teaching is no longer as unreachable or difficult to experience as it once perhaps was.  Eva explains that with blogs, and online portals that connect students and educators, conversations between tutors and students is already possible.

Eva also expressed her like for tablets in the classroom.  She believes that it has the ability to improve the effectiveness of teaching in classroom because it eliminates the time necessary to “get ready” to teach.  Eva says that tablets, such as the iPad, help teachers reduce the time necessary to prepare and “get to the learning.”

I also like how Eva decides to use technology to reflect. What worked? What didn’t? She suggests using the summer to “tweak” the “all too short” time that students and teachers share together!

Thanks for reading my thoughts on Eva’s blog!