I'm writing with relief on my lunch break to announce that I finally had a great day with my toughest group. Okay, so some of my biggest problem children were suspended... but even the rest are challenging, so I'm still giving myself bragging rights!
Today, we were looking at why it's important to make predictions to help us be active readers. I started class with a game using my white boards. The game comes from a BBC show called What Happens Next? I showed a short sports clip, and paused it right before the climax of each video. Students wrote their predictions on the white boards in one sentence. Then, I have 3 multiple choice options, and they wrote one on the board. After showing the rest of the clip, students awarded themselves points for correct predictions, with a prize for the winner(s). They LOVED it!
Then, we read a short story called "The Captive" with the intention of taking our prediction strategies to our reading. Students were given stopping points in the story to try to predict what happens next. I love the story because the ending is always a surprise, and today, I actually had one student, who was able think outside the box, guess the correct ending! The rest of the class loved the surprise and was able to look back in the text for the clues they missed.
EVERYONE was on task for nearly the entire period. I didn't have to resort to any consequences today, and I'm pretty sure that was the first time all year!
I'm letting out a HUGE sigh of relief. I cannot tell you how badly I needed this today!!