I am doing the happy dance because I have compiled the top writing activities that kids go crazy over! I have tried and tested every single one of these activities, and each one receives a thumbs up from my children. Why make writing fun? Research consistently shows that children learn more when they are actively engaged in the learning process and having fun.
This activity requires minutes. Fishbowl activities force participants to listen actively to the experiences and perspectives of a specific group of people.
A student fishbowl gives pre-service and in-service educators an opportunity to hear the experiences, ideas, and feedback of current students while giving the students an opportunity to be active in the dialogue on educational equity. The only major resources needed for this activity are current K students.
My exerpience has been that eight or ten students comprise an optimum fishbowl group. If your class or workshop focuses on a particular educational level i.
A useful strategy for finding fishbowl participants is to tap into local schools. To prepare for the actual fishbowl dialogue, ask the fishbowl students to sit in a circle in the middle of the room.
Your class or workshop participants, or the "observers," should sit in a larger circle around the fishbowl students. The following steps will set the ground rules, then initiate and process the dialogue for the student fishbowl activity: One important ground rule must guide the participation of the observers: During the course of the fishbowl, observers are not allowed to speak.
Their job is to listen and learn from the fishbowl students. Mention that the observers will have an opportunity to discuss any issues that emerge in later processing dialogue. If possible, assign one of the fishbowl students the role of facilitator.
It will be her or his responsibility to ask questions, facilitate the fishbowl discussion, and make sure everyone has an opportunity to talk. If necessary, you can play the role of facilitator. The topics to be discussed by the fishbowl can be developed to be relevant to your course or workshop.
For the most part, fishbowl participants should have an opportunity to take the conversation where they want - or need - it to go. If it becomes necessary to push the conversation along, possible prompts include the following: What are your favorite things about school?
What aspects of your school do you feel should be improved? What can your teachers do to help you learn better? Share a story about when one of your teachers did something that made you feel especially included in the learning process.
Share a story about when you felt you were especially excluded from your own learning process. Who is your favorite teacher?
Who is your least favorite teacher? What do you feel is the role of school in your life? What do you feel should be the major goals of schools? Make sure everybody in the fishbowl has an opportunity to talk.
Allow the fishbowl discussion to continue for at least 30 minutes. You can allow it to continue longer if time permits. When the fishbowl discussion winds down, divide the combination of your participants and the fishbowl students into small groups of This will provide the observers an opportunity to ask for clarification on comments made during the fishbowl.
Instruct the observers that they are not to invalidate or question the students' experiences or perspectives.Madawaska Elementary School Eleventh Avenue Madawaska, ME V () F () Madawaska School Department St.
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Middle School Remediation, Review, and Results—Quickly and Easily! I had taught elementary school writing for a number of years, so I was quite shocked to see what I saw when I began teaching middle school writing: unorganized, unfocused, stream-of-consciousness writing. So many middle school students balk at the thought of writing anything.
There are many great ideas for making writing activities fun for kids.
Students in middle school are learning a wide gamut of information in all subject areas, and it is essential that become comfortable with writing about all. Student Fishbowl. This activity requires minutes. Purpose: Fishbowl activities force participants to listen actively to the experiences and perspectives of a specific group of people.
Do you have students that say, "I don't know what to write about!"? Do you need activities for your classroom writing station? These creative and fun writing prompts will inspire students to get writing!
Perfect for journal writing, writing center, or.