If you are anything like me at the start of a new school year, you resolve to be a better person (or in my case, a better teacher). For instance, I tend to make myself all kinds of unrealistic promises, like these:
1 I shall be kind, patient and considerate to all my students, even on Friday in Period 6 when the weekend is beckoning…
2 If students make questionable excuses, I shall not roll my eyes or respond with an acerbic comment. Instead, I shall listen quietly and sympathetically.
3 When students beg me to make them a Kahoot, I shall exert myself to fulfil their wishes.
Sometimes I manage to live up to these high hopes, but quite often I fail dismally. Once winter sets in, I find that my temperament, like the weather, becomes less sunny. You may remind me of the resolutions above any time you like.
Kind regards from Ms Green
- This year I hope to…
- I would like to show that…
- During this year I promise to…
- In the next twelve months, I shall try to overcome my tendency to…
- One of my plans for this year is to…
J is for Journey
The first English task for this year is titled “J is for Journey”. The idea comes from a novel by Barry Jonsberg titled My Life as an Alphabet, which I highly recommend. It is an amusing and touching story.
- You can read a short review of the novel here.
- Here is the handout with all the instructions for you.
- If you would like to look again at my sample presentation, you can view it here.
Two sample slides from my own presentation:
- Write a comment in which you describe one resolution for this year. This need not have anything to do with English or school. It may refer to sport, friendships, music or hobbies, for instance.
- Set yourself the task of completing one alphabet letter for “J is for Journey” each day or two. Time will also be provided in class. Each page or slide should include a letter, a corresponding word, an image and 2-4 sentences explaining your point clearly.