Practice

Practice makes perfect? No, perfect practice makes perfect.

Teacher's Note

"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." - George Patton (The General AND 1912 Olympian)


This quote speaks volumes to me as I read it almost every day when I was training for a half-marathon. However, it also speaks to anything one wants to do in life. I believe if one has an attitude of mind over body then success can happen. I often bring up "free learning" or "life tips" in class because I value them for your children.


Wherever you stand on the political front is of no matter to me as I bring up this next example. Ronald Reagan. President Reagan was the 40th president of the United States. President Reagan was an actor. One may disagree with his politics and that is fine. However, he also won 49 out of 50 states when running for president. Many of our presidents went to Yale, Harvard or some other prestigious school. President Reagan? Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois (my alma mater). Not only did President Reagan go to a tiny school (presently around 700 students), but graduated with what turned out to be around a C average. To me that speaks volumes about having mind over circumstances. He did not allow anything to get between his goal and what people thought of him.


I feel the same way about your children. Nothing can stop them from achieving what they have set before themselves. Does it take work? Absolutely. No matter where one presides, each student can achieve what they have set before themselves. This leads me into some awesome celebrations.


We had some students who started off the year with only knowing 4-11 math facts in a minute who are now a part of the bullseye club in class (20 or more in each of our 4 operations). It didn't happen by chance, but through a lot of practice and hard work.


Where we stand as a class:


Addition: 18/24 students at 20 or more with 4 close (16-19)

Subtraction: 14/24 at 20 or more with 5 close

Multiplication: 16/24 at 20 or more with 4 close

Division: 17/24 at 20 or more with 1 close

Bullseye club: Justice, Johnaye, Ashley, Amanda, Prisma, Reece, Trey, Alex, Joseph, Grant, Creighton, Savannah and Cadence


SRI: 10/24 at 810 or higher AND 5 more who met their goal!


This shows that continual practice to meet a goal and shooting for a PR (personal record) continues to show growth to the end goal. Without continual practice this would not be possible.


"Don't practice until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong." - Coach K

Tuesday, March 10; Jefferson City Field Trip

Arrive at the school by 7:00 am. We are hoping to return around 5:30 pm. All students will need to be picked up by a parent as there will not be bus to bring them home.

Monday, March 9; Fuzzy's Taco Night

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

As a class we have been working through this incredible novel. We have not only been reading but also identifying C.S. Lewis' audience throughout the book analyzing why he would choose certain words. It has also given us an opportunity to analyze characters and their thought process throughout the book and help us identify who we are most like from the story.

End of Quarter

The end of the quarter will be Friday. Grade cards will be coming home the week after spring break.

Presentations

For about three weeks students worked on an individual research project. On Friday we began presenting and it has been an awesome process. The goal was to learn how to research, ways to research and what works and what doesn't for each individual. I am so proud of each presenter thus far.


We will take this learning to another level as students work with their partners to learn about a Famous Missourian and what exactly made them famous. They will use this knowledge they gathered while working independently to share with their partner in order to be successful. Be sure to ask your child who they are researching!

Learning Graphs and Reading Goals

Both of these DID NOT go home on Friday. Last week was nuts with some assessments we had to get through. Even though they did not go home, make sure your child stays up on their reading in order to meet their goals!

Students should be taking an AR test at LEAST once every 2 weeks

Math

As we near our testing date in April, we are going to be spending a lot of time on our power standards with all students in order to help provide them an opportunity to be successful. If you ever wonder what your child needs to work on, just ask them. They each know what benchmarks they haven't passed and where they can go to work on them. On our weebly site is a bunch of links in order for them to practice. If you'd like for your child to come home with a copy of their benchmark tracker, just let me know and we can run a copy to work on those missing skills.

Vocabulary Words

This upcoming week the students will be taking a vocabulary test on "Government Words" and hopefully will be a breeze with all the learning that has taken place in class over the last two weeks.

Remind

If you haven't already signed for text reminders via remind, just text: @fritz to phone number 816.398.7213. This is a great and easy way for you to receive classroom reminders on your phone. (Standard text message rates apply)

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