countries and languages

Well that was a crazy busy 2 hours – I have been completely over planning queen today.

Spelling tests: these are taking up a good chunk of the beginning of the lesson and I need to think carefully about the how these can be done more effectively and efficiently. This has only been my fourth class with this group, and only the third week with a spelling-test opener.

Last week I introduced a tracker sheet that I have used in classes before, so students can see a record of their scores over the weeks and a record of the spelling they still need to practice. But it was a bit of a nightmare, I struggled to help them understand the purpose of it or how to fill it in, so didn’t even broach it today.

This week I created a differentiated sheet for the weaker students, I have two students who aren’t confident in knowing the alphabet and haven’t got any of the spellings correct this week. They had to identify the correct spelling and then copy this. I will certainly try this again.

I’d like to introduce peer spelling tests, and may think about how to do this next week.

Recap: making a link to last week’s lesson I had students find a partner by matching country-language and we drilled the sentence ‘In xxxx they speak xxxx, Then as a class I wanted them to stand in line for what they could remember about the common languages video. This took quite a while, and although there was some good discussions/disagreements the stronger ss did dominate here. Although it was a good opportunity for them to be repeating the countries and languages as vocab items.

After we watched the video again, I then confused things a little by asking them to write the countries down, but in alphabetical order. In hindsite, what I should have done was have them write them in the order of the video, and then use the cards to arrange them by alphabetical order.

The group are starting to work together a little more. I’m not sure if this is because I had the tables arranged differently this week (in groups rather than the horse shoe), if my encouraging is starting to pay off a little or if it’s just natural as they get to know each other that they can work together more confidently.

Really love this class.

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