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Write a persuasive essay about whether or not students should be allowed to use phones during the school day.

Megan A.
Answer:

I would first begin with an organizer of some sort to get all of the thoughts and ideas out on the table and keep those thoughts in a nice order. I would have a beginning, middle, and end. The beginning should start with some sort of attention grabber or hook (exciting fact, quote, question, etc.). Then, you should state your stance, thesis statement very clearly. In the middle of your essay, you should have multiple paragraphs that states facts, evidence and details that support your opinion. Included with this could potentially be a rebuttal to your argument or answers to any anticipated questions. The facts that support your argument should be concrete, relative, and also cited in your essay from a reputable source. In the conclusion, there would be a restated thesis statement or the position you hold and a summary of your essay. You might even include a personal call to action. After a rough draft is completed we would look more technically at the essay until a final product is completed. This would include sentence structure, grammar, spelling, audience, organization/structure, word choice, and many other technical aspects of the essay.

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THE MONKEY AND THE PEA PASSAGE: Once the king and his wise counselor were out on a hunting trip. They stopped beneath some trees to feed their horses peas when suddenly; a young monkey swung down from the branch and grabbed a huge handful from the feeding trough. Halfway back up the tree, a single pea slipped from the monkey’s furry hands, and in a desperate effort to catch it, he spilled all of the other peas to the forest floor. The king and his counselor watched with amusement as the empty-handed monkey climbed and sat alone on a branch, staring sadly down at them. THE DOG AND HIS BONE PASSAGE: A hound dog found a great, big bone and held it tightly in his mouth. He growled and scowled at anyone who attempted to take it away. Off into the woods he went to bury his prize. When he came to a stream, he trotted over the footbridge and happened to glance into the water. He saw his own reflection. Thinking it was another dog with a bigger bone, he growled and scowled at it. The reflection growled and scowled back. "I'll get THAT bone too," thought the greedy dog, and he snapped his sharp teeth at the image in the water. Alas, his own big bone fell with a splash, out of sight, the moment he opened his mouth to bite! Compare and contrast the theme or central message of both stories.

Megan A.
Answer:

Both stories have a similar theme. To begin understanding the theme you have to dive into the characters and events of the story. You have to look for clues about what traits each character has and how the events in the story changed that character and taught them a lesson. In the beginning of the story in 'The Monkey and the Peas" the monkey wanted as many peas as possible and stole from the King and his men. Because he was greedy and wanted just one more pea (when he already had plenty) he lost all of his peas in the process of trying to get just one more pea. He learned a lesson about greed and how we should not always want more than what we have. In "The Dog and his Bone" passage, the dog already had a bone. Later, when he saw what he thought was another dog in the water (but really it was his own reflection), he jumped into the water to try to get the bigger bone as well. Once he did this he lost the bone that he already had and realized that there was not a second bone at all. This dog also learned a similar lesson about greed and something unfortunate happened to him when he tried to get more than what he really needed. Both stories lead to the theme of greed, but they show this theme in different ways using different characters and events.

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You have a student that is causing major disturbances in your classroom and is frequently disrupting learning. What are some strategies you could use and put into place to help the situation and create a more successful environment for the students, the class, and yourself.

Megan A.
Answer:

To begin, I would be sure that your expectations and consequences, both positive and negative are very clearly set and established. After that is done modeling of these behaviors, reinforcement and consistent follow through with these expectations and consequences are essential. It is always important to give more positive feedback and consequences than negative consequences. Furthermore, building a strong relationship with this student (and all students) is key. Get to know them both academically and personally and let them know some things about you as well. Throw in some fun community building or get-to-know-you activities from time to time. Next, I would reflect on your own teaching. Are your lessons engaging? Are you giving the students too much or too little of a challenge? Do you have enough time to interact with you and their peers throughout the day? Etc. Sometimes it is okay to change your routine up a little bit. For example, putting a big timer up on the board during a transition, or giving students a fun brain break, etc. Finally, if these things are still not helping that student be successful, working with peers and creating a personal behavior plan would be important as well, setting very clear expectations and goals.

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