The curriculum for my class this past week was about 20% vocabulary words (word stems), 40% Hatchet (our novel), and 40% author’s purpose. To teach author’s purpose, I used a Prezi with videos and student interaction. We watched videos, listened to podcasts, read passages, looked at real-world brochures, and examined the author’s purpose in each. After observing and working with the students for the week, I thought they had it down (there are only three options).
I assessed the students with a four passage and four question formative quiz. After running the numbers, the students averaged a 38% (A THIRTY-EIGHT PERCENT)! Oh, I tell you it makes me feel like a failure. I know that I need to re-teach author’s purpose now because I can’t do irony and predicting (this week’s lessons) without it. Unfortunately, if I take more time to re-teach, something in my last unit will suffer by not having enough time.
What do other teachers do? Do they continue with their pacing guide? I will re-teach, but I’m not sure how to make it more attractive to the learners. Student motivation is lacking and I feel like I have used all of my motivational influence. They should have mastered the concept in forth grade but they still struggle with it in seventh. Does it make sense to you?