The idea is that you create a series of statements based on the major themes that you will be teaching about. The students respond to the statements by placing a check mark next to the statements that they believe to be true or that they agree with. You can do a group discussion about their ideas and opinions, then revisit the same guide once the unit has been completed or the book has been read. I thought it would be really interesting to incorporate an anticipation guide for Number the Stars with the same concept the fifth grade teacher was using for her persuasive piece. The interesting part about the Anticipation Guide is that students respond to the statements before they connect with the book and their ideas may change as a result of getting to know certain characters and their motives. I would guess that many students would not check the statement, "It is okay to tell lies," yet after reading Number the Stars and becoming familiar with the idea that people lied to protect others from being killed they may have some different ideas and justifications for checking it.
When I was sharing my idea with the fifth grade teacher, I asked her if maybe I could create an Anticipation Guide for the other group of fifth graders who will read this book next month. She was really excited about the idea and welcomed me to teach a lesson to her students! I am really pumped because I think it will be a great activity and I am always thrilled to get back into "real teacher" mode. I love it when the teachers whose classrooms I push into are welcoming and really value my presence. I always worked with instructional assistants as a classroom teacher and now that I have had time in that role, I have a better understanding of how to make them feel more valued in my classroom. It is always fun to have the chance to collaborate with other teachers and share ideas.
Another thing that made me really happy today was my high school friend wanting to work on his Spanish homework during our 1:1 time. Typically he has Physics or History homework (two of my most favorite subjects...NOT), but today it was Spanish. I was so happy to have the chance to speak a little bit of Spanish and to remember what it feels like to actually understand the foreign language being used! It was a nice little refresher and and a nice end to a long day.
Also, being able to change into comfy pants after work made me super happy because my pants felt too tight all day. Tomorrow is a new day and I need to end the week eating better than I have for the past few days.
Last, My girlfriends came over and watched The Women Tell All episode of The Bachelor after work and we enjoyed a nice little tray of snacks that I put together. We are all so excited for the finale next week and we actually discussed the possibility of getting together at 5 am (our time), which is when the live finale airs on the West Coast (which is the timezone our Slingbox accesses). Ultimately we decided to wait until after school, but it is going to take a lot of restraint and facebook avoidance to remain in the dark about the results until after work. I am still convinced something is going on with Ali....
A couple of questions for you! I shared my thoughts and I want to hear from you as well!
1. What is your opinion on lying? Is it ever okay to lie?
That's a toughie, but I think that under certain circumstances, if it involves your life or your family at risk...you do what you have to do.
2. Who do you think Jake is going to choose? Are you Team Tenley or Team Vienna? or maybe....
Team Stay Single?
Team Marry ME Jake?
I could be wrong, but I just have this feeling we haven't seen the last of Ali. I don't think Jake will propose to either of the finalists and I think he sends them both home. Whether or not he goes after Ali, I am not sure, but I have a feeling there is a surprise in store and there will be some major shock value!
3. What is your opinion about people who post the results of reality shows on facebook?
Since I never watch shows on time, I am always really bummed when someone reveals the results because I hate finding out the ending before I actually watch the show!