The V.I.P. - Very Important Person
During the first month of school, each student had the opportunity to be the V.I.P. for a day; they sat in our V.I.P. chair on the carpet, they led the line and they did any special, little jobs that I might have needed help with throughout the day. As a class, we also got the chance the get to know our V.I.P. a little bit better through an interview. As students asked questions and listened for the answers, we focused on the Oral Language Curriculum. When someone asked, “What’s your favourite sport?” a more detailed response than “baseball” would be “My favourite sport is baseball.” and an even more detailed response might include “and I like the Toronto Blue Jays”. Students learned to use part of the question, in their answers (which will hopefully translate into their writing!)
1.2 appropriate listening behaviour - listen without interrupting and wait their turn to speak; show that they are paying attention and are interested by looking at the speaker
2.2 appropriate speaking behaviour - stay on topic and speak to the point
2.3 communicate clearly - use a logical framework with a beginning, middle and end
This beginning of the year activity will now translate into our ‘Show and Share’ program. As part of our Oral Language expectations, students will be learning how to speak clearly and communicate their ideas in an organized way when sharing with the class. Throughout the year, we will focus on different aspects that make a presentation interesting and engaging to the audience. We will learn about techniques, such as, using a loud voice, making eye contact, speaking clearly, and using visuals. Audience members will be learning how to ask questions and give descriptive feedback to the presenters (using ‘stars’ and ‘wishes’).
Each month our class will have a new theme for our Show and Shares and all presentation dates will be posted on the class calendar. If you child is away on their day, we are very flexible and they will just present when they are ready. Students may be as creative as they like when preparing for their show and share day. It is not meant to be a big production, only a 1-3 minute talk about the topic. If your child is a reader and feels comfortable bringing in notes to help them, they may. Some students do better just talking naturally about the topic! Please help them practice at home.
October Show and Share - * Our Family Stories *
This October, we will be learning about what makes a family. We will focus on different kinds of families and how we can be accepting of others. Please help your child to think of some things they would like to share about your family. Students do not need to speak about all the ideas listed below, they are just ideas to help guide your discussions.
Ideas to Spark Discussions:
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Thanks for your ongoing support from home!
In our Room 108 Classroom Community, we foster an engaging, respectful and caring environment. I aim to balance a consistent program with flexible responsiveness to students' individual needs.