Ms.Thakkar's Bulletin Board
Hello! My name is Ms. Thakkar, and I am so very excited for this new year. This is my second year with Fort Bend ISD as a first grade teacher. I will be your child's primary teacher, and will be teaching all the main content areas. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Houston. I am so thrilled to be working with a new group of students and looking forward to building a relationship with you as well. Teaching first grade has been an absolute joy so far and I am ready to see what this year has in store for us. I believe that all my students are capable of greatness and that these children will go on and change the world. I am excited to be their teacher and help them grow and prosper into wonderful people.
ELA Research Survey
I love being able to use books in the classroom in all content areas. I try to read to the students as much as possible, and promote individual reading as much as I can. The students can relate to a character in a book much more than they can relate to just lectures and textbooks. Though the truth is, that some children just are not into books. To beat this, I have made a short survey to help me pick books that will interest my students. If you could please fill out the survey above, it will better guide me when picking out the books for our class.
Incorporating technology into a child's educational experience has become more and more prevalent in the last few years. In my classroom, I try to expose the children to as much technology as I can. During our workstations, I allow the students to access the internet to play approved educational games. All students get their turn on the computer and it is safe to say this is their favorite station.I have found when playing these games, children are more engaged in their learning and truly have so much fun while doing so. The one I frequently use in class and the one the students are allowed to use is: http://www.starfall.com.
Cultures Around the World Activity
The United States of America is known as the melting pot of the world. Our classrooms are becoming very diverse nowadays and it is important that today's children are culturally aware. I find it very important that my students get to see, experience and learn about their peer's cultures. I aim to present a new culture weekly with the help of the parents! I will ask for parents to volunteer their time and come into the classroom and present their culture. This presentation can include an outfit, any artifacts, snacks, and videos or a short presentation. This is not mandatory but a great way to get involved in your child's learning. I believe this activity will truly engage the students and help them become more culturally aware and well rounded.
Star Student of the Week
Young children love being the center of attention and feeling special. Sometimes in a class filled with twenty- four other students, it becomes hard to feel special. To beat this and make sure all my students know just how important they are, I have decided to do Star Student of the Week. Each week, a new student will be picked at random to be the "star" of our class. Every student will get their opportunity to shine and share their life with the class. This special student will be the line leader all week, present an all about me poster, bring in a show and tell item, and pick the read aloud chapter book for the week. Additionally, the student will be featured in the newsletter and have their poster hung outside the classroom. I will contact with the parents before hand to make sure that it is a good week for you and then inform your child. My aim with this activity is to promote positive behavior and build the student's self esteem and confidence.
A strong parent-teacher relationship is very beneficial to the child's learning experience. Having a positive relationship with all my student's parents is very important to me. I am always open to conferences and hear any concerns you may have. My conference period is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 to 1:00. Additionally I take phone conferences Monday to Friday from 3:15 to 5:15. If these times are not accessible to you, please let me know and we will figure something out. If you would like to reach me at anytime please do not hesitate to email me.