First Two Weeks

19 Aug

Photo by Rob Martin


Photo by Rob Martin


Photo by Rob Martin


Photo by Rob Martin


Photo by Rob Martin


Photo by Rob Martin

A few photo from our first two weeks of school – using our new magnetic whiteboards to jigsaw ideas and share learning. “What is a great social studies class?” and learning how to distinguish hunters-gatherers and early famers. 

13 Responses to “First Two Weeks”

  1. Sangmin Han August 19, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

    Now 6th graders got white boards to write……. SO UNFAIR!!!!!!

    On Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 4:28 PM, Linking to Thinking wrote:

    > Mr. Martin posted: ” A few photo from our first two weeks of school – > using our new magnetic whiteboards to jigsaw ideas and share learning.” >


    • Mr. Martin August 20, 2016 at 9:21 am #

      Sangmin, I think you just miss me and 6th grade. Haha. You can come back.


  2. Enora de Portzamparc August 20, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    I want to go back to 6 grade to new class look so cool


    • Mr. Martin August 20, 2016 at 11:12 am #

      Enora, I miss you. I would love for you to come back! You have a great teacher with Ms. May. You are lucky! Have a great year and stop by and visit me and tell me how you are doing. Bye!


  3. Jeongwon Ju August 20, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    When I came this school in 2015, I thought this unit was very hard, but now, I think this unit was very easy.If I can, I turn the time and going back to 6th grade.but I want to white board for learning. I hope now 6th grade student will not make dirty to white board.


    • Mr. Martin August 20, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

      That’s because your English skills have improved so much. How are you doing now in 7th grade? We miss you. Come and visit me sometime and tell me about your summer.


  4. Cyndi August 21, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

    I love the idea of beginning like this. I teach 7th grade social studies and would love to introduce the year this way. It isn’t clear what the categories are for what a good social studies class is. Do you mind sharing the categories? Thanks! ~Cyndi


    • Mr. Martin August 22, 2016 at 9:00 am #

      Hi Cyndi,
      Thanks for your message. Last year I tried this activity to discuss what a good classroom environment would look like. The activity is called – Is – Says – Does – Isn’t. What do we want our class to be like (adjective)? What things would you hear if someone walked into the room? What would students be doing? What would be not be doing (or what behaviors do we not want to see). I did this with four classes and then summarized them for an anchor chart which I posted before this blog post. Scroll down the blog.

      Where do you teach, Cyndi?


      • Cyndi August 25, 2016 at 2:25 am #

        I teach for the Ashtabula Area City School system for the past 23 years. 14 of them in kindergarten and the remaining in junior high. Thanks for the reply I would really like to incorporate this into my beginning lessons.
        I am responsible for ancient civilizations up to exploration! Whew! I have a brief explanation of civilizations through the use of GRAPES. Then I first relate it to our community and then focus on ancient Greece.
        Thanks again,


        • Mr. Martin August 25, 2016 at 10:09 am #

          Hi Cyndi,
          I also like to use the concept of GRAPES when teaching. I actually have posters in my room. You have a lot of content to cover it seems. In 7th grade, they study Rome, Islam, etc. and continue with world history. I know in New York State, where I am from they teach NYS history and then American history in 8th grade. I had to Google where your school is located. Have a good year and feel free to connect with me at: or on Twitter at: @DigitalNomadRob.


          • Cyndi August 26, 2016 at 4:56 am #

            Thank you! I look forward to your posts and a great year for us all!


  5. Bruce August 23, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

    Actually, it’s very unfair because we wrote on our notebooks. Now 6th graders are having AWESOME Class


    • Mr. Martin August 23, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

      Don’t be jealous now. I would welcome you back to 6th grade. I miss you. Take care!


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