Getting to know your Students

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      Getting to Know Your Students.

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      MELISSA WOOD-GLUSAC: So just cross this outand put noodles or curly fries.OK, so what about her hair can we say is cliche?It's what?

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      STUDENT 1: It's wavy.

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      MELISSA WOOD-GLUSAC: It's wavy like?

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      STUDENT 2: It's ocean.

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      MELISSA WOOD-GLUSAC: Sure, yeah, perfect.OK, you can start with this.That's fine.

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      STUDENT 1: I see the ray of blue and green.

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      STUDENT 3: So blue, like the ocean.

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      STUDENT 1: Yeah, easy.

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      STUDENT 2: Blue like the sky.

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      STUDENT 1: You could do that.

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      MELISSA WOOD-GLUSAC: At the very beginningof the year with this class, we dida couple of different activities thatwould help me get to know them.Almost all of my writing is based on a model.So we read Sandra Cisneros is my name,and then they all had to write the story of their nameusing her language, trying once again, backto metaphor, simile stuff that we've been working on all year.Trying to use fresh language to introduce themselves.

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      MELISSA WOOD-GLUSAC [continued]: They then had to present that assignment to the class.And it's usually pretty effective in gettingme to know who they are, what their voiceis like, how they are as writers,how they are as readers, because they had to analyze itfirst to use it as a model.I think if you don't get to know your students first,then there's less buy-in from them too.There's more of a camaraderie when

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      MELISSA WOOD-GLUSAC [continued]: you get to know your students.I've been lucky enough to have my 11th graders this yearfor three years, which is a unique experience.Sometimes feels lucky, sometimes not.But you get to know them so well,that you know exactly like they don't likeusing the computers for this.They don't like writing this by hand.You know what to expect and you know how to group them.You know what kinds of demands you can make,

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      MELISSA WOOD-GLUSAC [continued]: how you can make them do things they don't necessarilywant to do.So getting to know them is very advantageous for just rapportin the classroom.

Getting to know your Students

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Melissa Wood-Glusac discusses her strategies for getting to know her students.

Getting to know your Students

Melissa Wood-Glusac discusses her strategies for getting to know her students.

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