Here are the Star of the Week questions in French that Sabrina is currently using. I could only get permission to use them in French, but all you need to do is some quick translation work to have them in other languages. Thanks to Sabrina for allowing us to use these questions:
Star of the Week Questions
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For those of us who are supposed to be covering the text book this seems to be a way to do that without seeming to try to cover the material.
Thanks for these questions, Ben and Sabrina.
I want to share this while I am thinking about it, though it isn’t a beginning of the year thing.
I did Star of the Day in my classes (6-8) last year for the last few months. I wanted each student to have a turn, so it took a long time. I only see kids 2 or 3 times a week.
Anyway, when it was getting close to the end and there were too many kids left, we doubled up. I asked for volunteers to go together. We just needed a couple pairs in each class.
In some classes it was like a talk show where they took turns answering questions and we got some comparison discussion happening. In the 6th grade, I took the time to make a game of it with the support slides showing a picture for each kid’s response to a question and the class had to guess which response went with which kid. “Who likes country music and who likes pop?” “Does Sam like pink or does James like pink?”
A good time was had by all. It was different, and it allowed for everyone to have a turn.
Very nice – both the pairing up and the asking of Who does such and such? That (first inspired by Jody Noble) Special Chair and Sabrina and Nina’s Star of the Week are such a big gold mine that I wouldn’t be surprised if Sabrina goes to like 5 or 6 months of just Star of the Week this year! She as much told me it was on her mind when I was last in her classroom. That is saying something! If you haven’t yet seen the footage of Brie from last spring do so in the post entitled The Proof is in the Pudding. THAT FOOTAGE IS JUST ALL SORTS OF BAD ASS. What textbook teacher could possibly show anything near those gains in their fourth level students? Very few if any, and they would have been in small classes and not in the huge classes Sabrina has at Thomas Jefferson High School in urban DPS. Bam! Congrats to Sabrina for her work with Brie. That video is one for the ages – it’s what we all want to see and know is possible in our work with our kids.
Am wondering if any of the German teachers have a form for this that I may use? I just spent the last hour trying unsuccessfully to make a spreadsheet for this activity. My computer skills are just about nil. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.