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!!