Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Building Confidence

Building Confidence

Basic communication and social skills can help build confidence in young people.What you may not know is that for many young people, shyness is a learned behavior.Currently,as many as 40 to 60% of adults report being shy.

The teacher allows students to make their work public and they share their presentations in class. There is an instant feedback from their peers. 

The day was entitled "Freaky Friday". One activity during the period was to produce a funny, two minute performance with your friend.On the day that this was announced,every group was excited and were eager towork along with their buddies.

Getting students excited about learning involves incorporating a sense of surprise and mystery into some of your lessons.SIT BACK AND OBSERVE the students' involvement. You will find that the element of surprise is an effective classroom technique.

Enjoy pictures of the 6th. grade students at St. James School in Woodbridge!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

"Two Kinds" By: Amy Tan

"Two Kinds" By: Amy Tan

It is the students' desire to have cross grade reading buddies where the lower grades will see a greater reading fluency modeled by older students. They will truly profit from a one-on-one session.

Students partner read. A pair of students alterante reading the text aloud, then taking the role of the listener. THIS IS A FORM OF PEER MONITORING AND QUESTIONING

Strategies like choral reading expand students' vocabulary, improve their fluency, and increase their confidence. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

SWEN News Production

SWEN News Production

There are numerous areas for students to learn and grow! These include design production, photojournalism, writing, editing, and digital publishing. 

A student-run newspaper is an outlet for the newspaper staff to be creative with their voices. It allows the students to generate ideas and develop critical thinking skills that will last throughout High School. 

Two  talented digital artists 'work at' changing the 'face' of the newspaper.
Raymond and Thomas,students in the Advanced E.L.A class are completing the puzzle page of the newspaper.

Having a class create a newspaper through combined effort is a great way to practice LANGUAGE LEARNING.

Monday, May 20, 2019


For the final novel, the 7th. grade class was introduced to 'WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS'.The novel is set in the country that the author, Wilson Rawls,knows best--the beautiful river bottoms of the Ozark mountains in eastern Oklahoma.In this novel, Rawls draws upon his experiences as a youth exploring the hills and rivers around his home. His only companion at the time was an old hound dog.

As students read chapter 8 of the novel,they are  presented with opportunities to get to know and understand the characters,to imagine them as real people.
Each group of students is eagerly working on a 'spin-offs from the chapter.
Some of their ideas include: Talk shows, a teacher in a class setting,a journalist reporting to varying radio stations,creating a drama for the classroom............
PRODUCTION DATE WILL BE SOON. Keep looking for scenes where students will be in varying modes of dress. Celebrate their accomplishments.

These girls, Ava Marie and Akshaya, alomg with Lucas E seem deep in thought.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

New Students 2019-2020

Attn 7th grade students for the 2019-2020 school year: Please follow this attachment to see the supply list for the 2019-2020 school year: https://www.teacherlists.com/schools/1000032712-st-james-school-woodbridge#

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Singing the Praises of God Leads to Changed  Lives.

        God's Word tells us all in the gospel of Matthew 18:20 that "where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them." The presence of the Lord was felt in Room 309, as 77 Middle School students got together to pray for each other, to sing praises and thank God for the Resurrection of Jesus. These gatherings, known as Middle School Meetings, help unite the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in one common goal- to worship our Lord. The various songs sung included Look up Child, and You  Say by Lauren Daigle, Fully Knwon by Tauren Wells, Flawless by Mercy Me and Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin.  As each student participated, a smile lit up  joy-filled  faces. 

It does not matter if the students forget the words. They are still coming to give glory to God.

Each meeting first begins with a prayer, as all things do.

 Middle school students close their eyes and sing  songs of praise.

The teachhers also participate in this faith-filled event.
Knowing and believing who you are in Christ  lead to TRANSFORMED LIVES PERIOD. Students grow in their academics and are always intrinsically motivated. They share their joy. During a Science class, one day,a group of 7th. graders completed a test with results that suggested that when students engage in prayer 'before' a test, the outcomes are better than if no prayer were offered.