On a positive note, in ending my introductory class to the Early Middle Ages with Division 8-3, I asked them to write down some questions that they were wondering about the middle ages, especially during the early part of the middle ages (500-1100 C.E.). Many students grumbled that they didn’t yet have any questions as they didn’t know anything. After they left the classroom to go to their exploratory classes, I looked at the pile of questions before me, thinking that there would be very few questions actually written down. Happily, I was surprised; the students have already come up with some incredibly critical, thought-provoking and interesting questions that they wish to explore. As this is early in the year, while our inquiry unit into the Early Middle Ages will be primarily guided and structured by me (unlike ‘Genius Hour’) it was great to see the amazing questions my students started asking as we start our journey into inquiry-based learning.
Some reminders for this week:
ELA - narratives (finished copy, typed) are due THIS FRIDAY;
Genius Hour proposals were due today (TUESDAY)
SOCIALS - definitions for new unit due TUESDAY (8-3) and FRIDAY (8-6); Religions projects are OVERDUE
FRENCH - some students need to do some quiz rewrites; working on ER Verbs comic (due next week)
I will send home an informal report next week - I want to collect the narratives this week before I send home the interim.