Professional Learning: 5 Special Strategies for Teaching Tweens by Rick Wormeli

5 Special Strategies for Teaching Tweens

This short and easy to read article provides some simple things to remember about and to try with our tween students.  I am really working on the idea of formative assessment this year.  The transition to semester grades is a little daunting because the kids are going to have so many grades by the end of 18 weeks if I put a GRADE in the grade book for every assignment that they do.  Today, I met with each child as he/she finished a short assignment to talk quickly about the errors on his/her paper.  Even though many of the kids were making the same mistake, I wanted to see if the kids got more out of the one on one explanation of errors.  We’ll see…

“Of all the states of matter in the known universe, tweens most closely resemble liquid.”    This is a quotation from the article, and I love the metaphor.

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Strategy #2–Your 3 Words

Your 3 Words

 

I remember seeing a great segment on Good Morning America, Your Three Words. They had viewers send in a summary of their lives using only 3 words. I loved the idea so I found clips on ABC’s web site.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/words-stella-postelles/story?id=14342319

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/words-dave-barnes-stories-15885057

 

Ways to Use in the Classroom:

 

1. Start of the Year:  Students write a 3-word summary about themselves.  Then, trace their hands, write their summary on the hand, and post hands on the bulletin board.  Below are pictures of some done my 8th graders a few years ago.

 

 

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2. Response to Literature:  Students write 3-word summaries of a story, novel, or poem.

 

3. Response to Literature:  Students write 3-word summaries from the perspective of characters in a story.

 

4.  Ticket out the Door:  Students write a 3-word summary for an important lesson–can be used for any subject.

 

Can you think of other uses in the classroom?