Well I thought I was a rock star after I posted last week, but I am not feeling that way now. I feel overwhelmed and stressed at the thought of having to write this blog. I was expressing this to my sophomore class, and they laughed at me. One them even quoted my famous advice, "suck it up buttercup and just get it done." Okay I needed that kick to get busy.
This week I started a new intervention on two students. It is the FastForword program. Our k-12 interventionist found it at a conference this summer and fell in love. It not only helps with reading, but it rewires the brain. The program helps with focus, retention of all information, and auditory processing. My youngest son has an auditory processing disorder and so he was the first guinea pig for me to use with this program. With our school day schedule the way it is, I gave up my prep period so junior high student could have access to this program. We just started last year and my son hates it - so it must be working! Seriously, what seventh grader wants to give up his only study hall to sit in his mom's room and play video games. The program is hard to explain but check out the website if you are looking for reading interventions.
This week also marks the start of English reading the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. I really enjoy teaching great literature that is historical relevant. The students can really dig in to the story when I can relate real life events and people. Although showing the Monte Python movie clip is the real highlight of the unit: