Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Teacher Spotlight: 7th Grade ELA Ms. Russ

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Russ 7th Grade ELA

Student Rotations - ELA Skills development

     Ms. Russ is an incredibly hard working teacher who seeks to find creative methods to meet the needs of all her students.  She developed an incredible amount of practice stations for her students work through in today's spotlight moment.  I hope you enjoy learning about what she was able to do with her students. 

 What are the students doing?  

Students rotated through stations to prepare for ACT Aspire. After a mock reading test and a mock writing test, I knew I wanted to work on specific topics with all the students. The students rotated through six specific stations: Revising & Editing, Paraphrasing, Direct Quotes, Reading Comprehension, Introduction & Conclusion Paragraph Structure, and Body Paragraph Structure. The stations were designed to allow them to work as pairs and individually. There was also the safety net of an answer key at each station. I didn’t want students to feel “stuck” at any station.

What do you hope students accomplish by completing this activity? 

I hoped that students would accomplish several things through this activity. To begin with, I hoped that by rotating through the stations students were able to identify their personal strengths and areas for improvement with each topic. In addition, I hoped that students would engage in collaborative discussions about content, demonstrate a command of the content, and be able to effectively show me their knowledge. Lastly, I hope that students would have meaningful and effective review for ACT Aspire testing that left them feeling more confident about the test.

How did this activity tie to your standards?       

This activity is directly correlated to the 7th grade ELA standards. Students were exposed to literature, informational texts, writing, and language practice. Students had to analyze the structure of texts, draw inferences, cite textual evidence, determine the author’s point-of-view or purpose, and determine central ideas. In addition, students had to identify unknown words and phrases, as well as show a thorough understanding of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammatical concepts. Students also had to produce writing that was clear and cohere. Through working in their collaborative groups, students used their speaking and listening skills.

  How did this activity promote student learning?

Each day of station work ended with a student reflection piece. Students unanimously said that they loved the opportunity to move around the room, work with their peers, and learn from one another. This activity required each student to actively engage with each task. It gave students the opportunity to be the “expert” of their group, which made students want to engage with the topic, and prompted the struggling students to listen to what their peers were saying. 

Other Pictures from the Station Activities

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