Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"Snow" Much to Do!

With tomorrow being our 11th snow day of the 2013-2014 school year saying that teachers are starting to get worried about students being where they need to be for the Benchmark would be an understatement. The past couple of days I have been trying to plan out the best ways to cover all the material that my students still need to learn along with teach them all the test taking skills they will need to achieve on the upcoming test. After having some minor, and then a few major, panic attacks I finally took a deep breath and stopped to think. I have no control over the weather so no matter how much I fret about missing or how many times I check my weather channel app, I can't change it. What I do have control over is making sure that my students are encouraged and taught as much material as I can possibly fit in between now and our testing week in April. Students can easily see when teachers are stressed or rushed to meet a deadline. I have to do my best to continue to make learning fun, engaging, and beneficial with the time that we do have. I know that I have a lot to do to make sure that my students are ready, but luckily I have a fantastic class that I have complete faith in doing their very best.

Parents here are just a few things that you can be doing at home to continue to help your student prepare for the Benchmark:
  • Read EVERY day! Have your child read aloud to you and ask him/her questions.
  • Practice math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
  • Students can practice telling time and working with elapsed time or converting time
  • Have your child count money (coins and bills)
  • Give your students a topic to write about and check their spelling and punctuation, also if the sentences make sense.
  • Just talk to them about what they have been learning at school. This will help them to review the concepts without even really knowing it.
We are all in this together. Even if this crazy winter weather continues (praying that won't  happen) our students will be ready!! We can do this!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November Already??

This school year is already flying by! Our 4th grade class has been very busy! We have been digging deep into our Common Core units and learning so much. Currently a few of the concepts we are working on are severe weather, regions of the United States, how the setting effects the plot of a story, and number patterns in math. I am so proud of all the progress that the students are making.

Our class has teamed up with Mrs. Spaulding's kindergarten class as reading buddies this year. My 4th graders have really embraced this weekly experience as a way to be great role models and to practice reading skills that we learn throughout the week. They have been excited to share some photos of how this experience is going with all of you. These will be coming soon! Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Back to School

I can't believe that it is already time to start a new school year. I had a wonderful summer, with the highlight having to be getting engaged!! I couldn't be more excited to marry such an incredible, caring, thoughtful, and helpful man next year!

This summer flew by, but I am very excited to meet all my "new" students! This year is going to be extra exciting for me because I am actually getting to teach 10 students that I taught 2 years ago. My first year at Sonora I taught a 1st/2nd split class (that was an interesting way to start my teaching career to say the least, but very educational and I wouldn't trade that experience for the world). Now that group of 2nd grade students is entering 4th grade....round two kiddos!! I hope you are ready :)

After only being back a few days for teachers' meetings it is so easy to remember that I am extremely blessed to work in a building where all the staff make school a priority and not just a job! Working with amazing peers like that makes waking up early again so much better. Knowing that I get to see 28 smiling faces soon also helps! Parents, we are all so honored that you trust us with your babies and couldn't make this school so great without you! Welcome to 4th grade and to our class! I can't wait to get to know all of the new faces and catch up with all the familiar ones!! Lets make 4th grade your favorite year of school so far!