January 28, 2016
Welcome, Jolene and Ms. Rohl
As most of you know, we also have a student teacher this spring! Ms. Rohl is a student from WSU, and she will be with us until May. She has done a fabulous job getting to know the students and is leading them in some fun activities. She has also been working with them in small groups on their Word Wall Words.
Students have been working on solving subtraction story problems. This is a very tricky transition for students, as they have been working on only addition problems up to this point. We find students struggle with the comprehension of the story problem. Here are some strategies we use to tackle that.
1. Circle what you know.
2. Underline what you need to know.
3. Create a number sentence or equation.
4. Solve the problem in word and numbers.
5. Show your work.
Students will begin working on measurement and money, as well.
Love and Logic
- Shared control
- Shared thinking
- Building self-concept
It allow children to grow through their mistakes and allows them to learn from their consequences.
With all this in mind, I have decided to eliminate the Dojo points in my classroom. I will still use the Class Story to share fun events and classroom messages, but I will no longer give students points for appropriate behavior or take away point for consequences. I can use the points to collect data on student behaviors, if you are interested in connecting with me and have specific concerns. It is a great tool, but I am not convinced that it is the best fit for me and the students.
I find that most students are motivated to do well and can really make good choices. My students know that I truly care about them, and by creating a warm, healthy classroom environment filled with a community of learners, we can be academically successful. Nevertheless, I will be offering fun rewards for the whole group when I find we are truly making great gains together. ;)
I offered two rewards this week:
1. Students had an opportunity to choose their own table spots!!
2. We will be watching Charlotte's Web. Please see the message below.
Valentine's Day Celebration
We will be celebrating Valentine's Day, Friday, Feb. 12th with a class card exchange in the morning, and a tea party in the afternoon. Please see the event listed below.
I sent home an updated class list for your child to write out Valentine's Day cards. I encouraged students to keep this in their BEE Binders.
We will be creating Valentine's Day boxes in first grade! This seems to take the pressure off parents to create one at home ;)
Each child will need to bring in an empty, used box (such as a cereal box, or shoe box).Here is a list of additional materials we might need:
- 4-5 boxes of aluminum foil
- Sparkles, glitter
- Doilies, stickers
- Scrapbook paper with Valentine's Day theme
- We would be more than happy to experiment with any other materials you and your child can dream up!
Read to the One you Love Tea Party
Friday, Feb. 12th, 1:30pm
Please let me know if you or a loved one will be able to attend the event. We are hoping each child can bring a sweet treat to share with the whole group.
Students are also encouraged to dress up in their fancy clothes for this sweet event!