Grobe's Groovin' Group News
Week of March 4-8
Setting the Standard
Here is a short synopsis of how my class is set up:
- On Monday the students are given what I call a "Learning Ticket" which has the entire week's assignments listed. This approach is so there are no surprises as to what we will be doing and it will also help students know what they missed when they are absent.
- The top part of the Learning Ticket is each day's required assignment. These assignments correlate with each day's lesson and help me see if they understood what was taught.
- The middle section is called "Learning Extensions" and these are the activities students need to work on during center time. During this time students are being pulled for tutoring, working in a small group with me, and are on iStation. If the students are not at one of these locations they are to be working and completing a Learning Extension activity.
- On Friday, their Learning Ticket with all their assignments must be stapled and turned in. I take into account how often students were being pulled into centers and the number of Learning Extensions the student should have completed. On average a student should successfully complete at least 2 Learning Extensions weekly.
At the beginning of the year I was more lenient on late assignments and assignments that were completed incorrectly, but now all students should know when things are due and how they are to be completed. We have had many talks about managing our time and taking more responsibility in evaluating what needs to be completed. I remind my students every Wednesday that if they feel they are behind to take some work home to complete.
While many, many kids are rising to meet my expectations some are having some difficulties with rushing through work and not following the directions or just simply not turning in assignments on the due date.
I ask that you have weekly conversations at home reinforcing the importance of being responsible and I think this will help in preparing them for the 5th grade.
This has been a successful year and I want them to finish the year totally prepared for their educational future. Together we can make a difference for the better!
What's Happening @ Mcgowen?
Important Dates and Events & This Week's Objectives
March 4- March 8
Monday: Writing District Assessment
Tuesday: Reading District Assessment &
Open House 6:00-7:00
THIS WEEK'S OBJECTIVES:
I will finish reading a historical fiction novel, A Line in the Sand.
I will focus on foreshadowing events that occur and connect what I read to myself and to the historical events that actually occurred.
I will explore and explain the importance of one of these historical Texas figures:
Stephen F. Austin