Mr. Bedley's Class News
1/2 Way to 6th Grade
A academic quick note: Students have shown tremendous progress in our core subjects. In a recent reading comprehension assessment, students in our class showed as much progress as improving by four full grade levels for reading in just 1/2 of a school year. Please encourage your child to read at home by providing high interest novels and non-fiction books.
Upcoming Major Units Of Study
Reading - Recognizing Literacy Elements
Writing - Research Reports and Opinion Writing
Science - Elements and Matter
Social Students - Making of a Nation; Early US History
PE - State Fitness Test including the mile run, push-ups and more
January 2016 Highlights
Design Thinking Challenge
I'm confident that these kids are on their way to solving the complex S.T.E.A.M. based problems of our world!
Walk To School Reward
Concrete to Abstract
I'm very proud of the effort the kids put into math each and every day!
Music and the Art Are Supported Here at P.V. - Thank You PTA!
Collaboration, Research and Critical Thinking in History and Science
We Are Prepared.
What kinds of questions do you suggest that I ask my children on a daily basis about your class?
Here are three good questions/conversation starters to ask your child about class.
1. What goals did you set for yourself in Daily Five today and how did you do on those goals?
2. Tell me about how you used technology in class today.
3. Share with me about how you're learning math, because it's different then the way I learned math.
I hope these three help keep the lines of communication growing with you and your child.
How exactly is learning personalized in your classroom?
Great efforts are made to make learning personal for my students. The effort starts through the use of regular informal assessments to better understand each child's needs. Through structures in place, like the Daily 5 in language arts and math, I am able to allow for student choice and voice, which are a foundations in personalized learning. We set individual goals for improvement daily. I also use technology to help personalize learning for our students. I use opportunities for students to create projects during 80/20 time that follow their personal passions or interests. I focus on the learning process rather than the score or grade as my hopes are to have students leave here loving learning. Finally, the learning experiences I work to create are meant to be highly engaging for the kids. This is a glimpse into how I make learning personal for my class.