It has officially started! Today I met with our 8th grade social studies classes and talked to them about what to expect in high school. I have done this for years, a process I started when I worked at the high school, and I have continued doing this since my move to middle school.
Traditionally, I would spend the period talking to the classes and answering whatever questions they had, but this year I wanted to spice it up a bit.
Yesterday, we had an assembly for all the 8th graders and we had the high school elective teachers and some of their students come from the high school to talk about elective options and pathways the students could choose beginning next year. All the kids had a first hand look at some projects they work on and samples of what the current students have done. We saw some awesome websites that the website design class made, art projects from the Studio Art classes and Digital Art classes, electronic circuit boards the Project Lead The Way classes use and the Robotics that the Robotics team have designed. This info was a great lead in to what I did today.
Today, I had the kids play . . .
I broke the classes up into 3 teams and had them compete against each other. Sarah, my intern, kept score. Sarah also picked our first category and point value to get the game going. The teams were told that the team with their hand up first got to answer and if they answered correctly would win the points and pick the next spot on the board.
Here is my game board and categories.