August 19, 2008

My SLO Experience – Ovenless Cooking Club

Posted in SABIS/Choueifat tagged , , , , , , at 6:36 am by stephshimkooo

As an English teacher, I was looking for ways to get the kids to engage students into learning. I cook a lot, and I know a lot of simple recipes, so, I tried to start an ovenless cooking club. Students could learn by doing, and be proud of something they’d done and they would have something to show for their work.

The disaster of the cooking club I lay directly at the feet of the higher-ups in the SLO. Read the rest of this entry »

My SLO Experience – Advanced Reading Club

Posted in SABIS/Choueifat tagged , , , , , at 6:10 am by stephshimkooo

Getting Girls to Read

Getting Girls to Read

As a teacher, I have several basic goals for my students. I want to make sure that as many students as possible are able to correctly learn material for any given class, but that’s just the beginning. I want to do my best to make my students curious people who will become lifelong learners as well as make sure all of my students improved in general. To reach this end, I tried to start an advanced reading club for the most advanced 9th grade students. The majority of the students in the school were at or below the level of the 4th grade book they were reading (in the 9th grade classes), but there were 10-12 students who were way beyond it, and they spent a lot of time being bored or frustrated in class.

I was met with opposition from the first step. Read the rest of this entry »