1-29-19 (parent contact)
Dear Parents and Students of ESL 2,
Today was a rigorous first day of school for Liberty's ESL 2 students. They learned what a bubble sheet is (a signal that they will receive a grade based on the accuracy of their responses). They also learned that a vocabulary root is the smallest unit of meaning contained in a word. Students will memorize 40+ Greek and Latin vocabulary roots this semester. Then, they will apply that knowledge to the analysis of thousands of unfamiliar words that they will continue to encounter in all their classrooms, in high-stakes standardized tests and in complex texts for the rest of their lives.
The students next steps should be to never leave a bubble blank! Whenever a student has a test or classwork involving a bubble sheet, they should count the number of questions so they know how much time they have for each question. See the picture below. Why did most students get numbers 11 and 12 wrong? Numbers 13-24 consisted of 12 True or False questions. If students do not know the answer, they should always guess. For numbers 11 and 12, what would be the student's chances of getting the answer correct if they guessed at random? What about number 13? What is the harm in guessing? (There is no harm in guessing.) A better question might be: what is the most effective way to guess?