What a year it has been! This is the final snapshot post of the 2017/2018 school year. I hope you have enjoyed these (usually) weekly glimpses into what’s going on in room 207. Furthermore, I hope the snapshots have provided material for talking about school at home, as middle-school kids are well known for providing one-word answers about their learning!
To finish the year, we presented 15-word book speeches in English Language Arts with 7F1 and 7F2 in order to share our favourite books of the year. The second post with more of students’ recommendations will come next week. We also began to write some fun micro-fiction to end the year. These stories are very short and end on cliffhangers.
En français with 7F1, we presented our opinion texts – there were many great topics, including whether dogs or cats are the better animals and whether schools should require dress codes. We also watched Le Petit Nicolas en vacances to get into the summer spirit!
In Mathématiques with 7F2, we reviewed some principles of probability and reviewed concepts studied throughout the year. We also had our class party, based on the calculations and estimations done during our trip to Safeway a few weeks ago. Students who have had difficulty with math concepts over the school year are encouraged to continue their learning this summer. Please email me for recommendations – the JUMP series of workbooks available at McNally Robinson (although not great on their own) are good for concept rehearsal.
This coming week will see us engage in a variety of learning activities, as our time together is precious right till the end. For instance, both classes completed a mystery activity to practice our inference and deduction skills. This week, we will also play a quiz game that reviews a number of concepts from across the subject areas. We will also have our annual transition day, where students spend time in the Grade 8 homerooms.
Many students are aware that I will be teaching Grade 8 English and Mathématiques next year (my favourite subjects!). I realized this week that I have been gifted the rare and fortunate opportunity to have taught almost all of the Grade 7 students at Ness, and I look forward to continuing the learning with a number of this year’s students and families. For those moving on from our classroom, I wish you the best and remind you that I’m always around to help and talk – especially about books! I always love getting emails from families asking for book recommendations. One came the other day from a former student now in Grade 9 at Sturgeon Heights. What a great moment!
Look here later this week for Noteworthy and the remaining student book recommendations.
M. J. Sorokowski