This class is a link between the elementary setting and safety of one desk, one teacher, one classroom, to the rigor of several teachers and classroom transitions. We will build skills to manage the tricky middle school life of a tween from scholastic success to the sometimes emotional rollercoaster of the middle school social life.
Lessons will be structured for the 1st half of the class and can be extended if time allows with discussions. Depending on the week and work load in other classes, we will use the second half of class to study for tests or work on projects that are due. BUT...students should not expect this time nor will it be used as an individual study hall. Because our 6th graders will be staying together for the majority of their classes, with the exception of English and Math, class study time will be structured around the needs of the week as a group.
Move it Monday: PE--No Class
Talk about it Tuesday: Organize binders, check grades and missing assignments, discuss upcoming assignments, projects and test/quizzes. A message from Kid President; we will reflect as a class through journals and discussions. Kid President videos posted weekly for parent review.
Talk about it Tuesday message 9/18/17
Read about it Wednesday: We will read and discuss the novel Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli as a class. We will relate the characters and situations to our own lives focusing on individuality, tolerance, inclusion, and acceptance.
Think About It Thursday: Quote of the Week--Research and relate to the person and their quote. If all goes according to plan, the quotes will be a refection of our wellness topics.
Finish Strong Friday: ("Write about it" just didn't go with Friday but that is what we are doing.) Private journals about the week reflecting on personal difficulties, accomplishments and strategies used to create positive results. If time allows, brainstorm topics from journals and create a week-in-review poster.
My hope is to have students finish each week motivating each other and feeling positive about themselves and their accomplishments.