Friday 29 July 2016

Mentoring and educating the teens: week 5

It was an interesting week here. 

There was only one day of which we touched on grammar.  Normally, I like to have some form of grammar or poetry within or educational hours.  Instead there was more writing.

Assignments were set in accordance with what will be expected next year, as examination year approaches.  I thought there would be a little resistance, but the assignments were entered into with willing attitudes. 

I took a science encyclopedia, set copy work, re-writing assignments, and research missions for them and the absorption was really good.  It was quite interesting what they looked up, compared to what I would have been attracted to.

We finished all our past readings, and I started reading the classic version of "Oz, the Complete collection'.  Yes, you read that right.  As teens, this has been approached really well.  There has been much to discuss while comparing children's literature from the past with today.  Comparison is a task in most writing curriculum, what better task to enter into than comparing written literature?  Amongst the comparison they can compare language and grammar while also comparing the different levels of comprehension each contains.  In addition we have been able to discuss the differences in the expectations of each era. 

The rest of the week was spent absorbed in maths, drawing, character creation and trying to convince me of the benefits of computer games in education and strategizing.

Hope you all have an enjoyable weekend and find time to relax with a good book.

Happy reading

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