Posts Tagged ‘differentiation’

Term 3, week 3

Note to self: despite being rated M, Shakespeare in Love contains possibly a few too many sexual references/scenes to show to a (fairly immature) Y10 English class. Cue mutual embarrassment for all concerned.

10/1 seem to be really enjoying my Shakespeare unit so far … a lot of them are also studying Shakespeare in drama, so there’s a fair degree in overlap which means I can deal with big picture stuff and let the drama teacher make them learn lines. For 10/3 I’ve decided to use the novel Holes by Louis Sachar – a collegue to taught the Y10 LEC class last year said that it worked really well with her class, plus there are loads of resources online, a good novel, etc. Right now we’re starting by actually reading the novel – well, I’m reading it and they’re listening attentively. I actually really enjoy reading out loud, and the class seems to be lapping it up for the moment. For a class that has been quite agitated and unsettled for the first part of the year, being read to seems really settling. (And: confession – I’ve never actually read the book before, so it’s a good opportunity for me.)


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Right, half the year is gone and I’m back at school. For followers of my ‘real life’, I spent the holidays (sorry, non-contact time) in Washington, DC and New York. I know it’s churlish to complain, having just had a fantastic holiday, but ‘ve come back really tried and feeling quite under-prepared for school this term. Thankfully my Y12s are doing production this term – which means I basically take a supervisory role for the term – and my Y13s are starting off with a Film Noir unit which will involve a bunch of films and material that I know like the back of my hand.

Junior English is another story. We’re supposed to being doing a Shakespeare unit and, whilst I assume that my 10/1 performing arts class will enjoy studying The Bard, I am not convinced that my 10/3 LEC (learning enhancement class) will feel the same – many of them have major ESOL issues and getting them to read extended English texts is difficult enough. I need to make a call over the next few days as to how, exactly, I need to differentiate the material.

I’m also starting a half-semester Y10 Media Studies class, doubling up a lot of students from 10/1, which means I’ll see a handful of students seven periods a week. Lord have mercy.

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