Monday, August 27, 2012

Manic Monday

Today was a busy Monday- for me the teacher anyway. I gave each class page a face lift and even added some helpful videos to each page. Classes will be trying some new things in class this week. In Speech we begin our first speech and are in the computer lab for three days! In English 11 we are closing up our first unit and our first essay. Next on the list is persuasive techniques and more essays.

Please be checking the website for update on the weekly agenda and any notes!
We are off and running on yet another fast week!
-Mrs. Burman

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

We made it over the hump.

I have a few reminders are we head into the end of the week. All the classes are beginning to fall into a routine and I am really enjoying all the new personalities. Parents, I place to start making phone calls home for good and bad behaviors! Don't be alarmed when you see my number calling. :)

English 11: You all have a Nonfiction quiz on Thursday and a Vocabulary Quiz on Friday! Please be sure to complete your blog posts before school the next day or you will receive a zero. Also- take a look at the Thursday layout on your page, I have added all the information for your first essay.

Speech: You all have Chapter 2 test tomorrow in class and then we will begin Chapter 11. One more Chapter before our first speech- get excited!

Have a great rest of the week- see you all in class.
Mrs. Burman

Friday, August 17, 2012

Positive Thoughts

In Speech we are about to close on our first chapter. This means a test! We are also working on our group atmosphere. We did an activity where a student stood against a white board and the class wrote positive thoughts around the persons head, then erased them so the student being wrote about  was not able to be seen.....until now! Please enjoy the positive thoughts movies in my Speech classes:

Period 1

Period 4

Thursday, August 16, 2012

We don't mess around.

We are in our first FULL week of classes and we are already getting work done! I am so proud of all my classes. I am sure many people were worried about how the iPads would change the classroom climate, I was one of them. I will say though, the students have been great! We are all learning new ways to use the iPad and all the free applications.

I try to find a new way to use the device everyday. I love the way the students use this website on the iPad. They use it as a reminder, a calendar, a place to find links and even as a study tool.

Today we even had a few really nice visitors at the Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District and my room in particular -(more about that later). We also covered a ton of information in each class.

In English 11 we are in the beginning of Unit 1, we are working in the Native American myths. We even did a work sheet ON THE IPAD! We also watched a short film about the first myth covered:

In Speech our first chapter test is tomorrow so we are spending time reviewing and doing activities to help us remember the important role that communication plays in our everyday life. 

Next week is very packed so be ready to keep moving along on our educational journey!
-Mrs. Burman

Monday, August 13, 2012

Let the games begin!

Though the Olympics are now finished, the real games are just beginning. The classes are starting to fall into a routine and the iPads are coming in handy! I love that the students can save this website to their homepage as an icon and access it whenever I ask! It makes me, and the students, feel so organized.

Please see both Speech and English 11, via the tabs above, for a quick lesson plan of the week. Each week will be be just like that- sometimes more information and sometimes less. It all depends on what the learning objectives are that week and how much is being assigned.

Parents and students- please be sure to read and sign all material sent home. Both classes were sent home with "Student Home Information Sheets" this helps me stay in contact with all my parents and students. Also, English 11 was sent home with a "Blog Contract" and that supplies the parent with information about a new form of journal! Speaking of supplies......

Reminders on supplies:

English 11

Binder Tabs (4)
Note Cards (3x5)

There are a lot of fun things happening this year, just you wait and see.
-Mrs. Burman
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