Saturday, May 18, 2019

Visit to Marsteller Middle School


May 16 I had the fun of spending the day with Ms. Strohman’s 7th-grade classes at Marsteller Middle School. We talked about The Giver bye Lois Lowry. It was the basis for a great discussion about what are utopian ideas for society and how they easily become dystopian ideas. There were very few defenders for any of the rules, in The Giver, that gave shape to the society. We also did some grammar exercises.
What I liked most was that I had been with them for a day last fall when they were practically brand knew seventh graders. Wow, they have grown so much. At least a third of them are taller than there teacher. And a couple of the boys are about to look me straight in the eyes. More importantly, though they have matured in themselves and in their thinking. They had a much greater ability to state and defend their thoughts and increased confidence in their positions.
One of the things I do is include incorrect words in my PowerPoint slides. And I tell them up front that I might lie to them, after all, I write fiction and it’s all maid up. I have small prizes if they challenge me and if they can give clear evidence about why what I am saying is not true. More of them were quick to call me out and made good arguments for why my claims weren’t true.
It was a great day.

6 comments:

  1. When 'Mr. Stuart' visits the classroom, things get real. The students eagerly await the day because they know Mr. Stuart's visit will be inspiring, enlightening, and entertaining. As a teacher, it is a rewarding experience to witness students actively engaged with learning and using their voices to participate in numerous discussions. The students are constantly thinking and asking questions as they reach to comprehend concepts at a new depth. In his recent visit, Mr. Stuart challenged students to edit sentences for grammar errors, lack of sentence variety, and effective word choice adaptations. He also challenged students to think deeply about complex concepts in our recently completed novel, The Giver. The level of class participation and eagerness to learn are evident from start to finish. At dismissal, my classroom door is lined up with students wanting to ask Mr. Stuart one more question or to ask him to please come back soon for another visit. Bottom line...my students love Mr. Stuart because he believes in them and values their ideas. My students are fortunate to have this brilliant mind and kind soul share in their educational journey, and I am fortunate to witness the growth in my students with each visit. Thank you, Mr. Stuart, for being an inspiration to my students! ~ Ms. Strohman

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    1. I think you should have told them I intentionally put errors in that post.

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  2. We always have such good time when you come Mr. Stuart. You always brighten everyone's day.

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  3. Hey Mr.Stuart I'm a student from Ms. Strohman's 7th period I just want to say that I love it when you visit the classroom. It is always so fun to be around with you. You should visit more often.

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  4. Hey Mr.Stuart you should really read The Shores Beyond Time It is the third book in the series. (Last Day On Mars and Ocean Between Stars)

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    1. I'll check it out. Last day on Mars was good.

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