The Kersey Chronicles

Rockstars Choosing to Matter in Room 25

Mistakes Create Experience

Last Friday, Mr. Haney gave an ISTEP+ pep rally for students with a focus on encouragement and support. One of the points he emphasized was for students not to be afraid of mistakes, because they are a part of life. In fact, these mistakes can be a powerful form of learning if we allow them to be. It is a part of the learning itself.

I love this quote from Oscar Wilde. The word "experience" has such a positive and wise connotation to it, while "mistakes" seems negative and demeaning. But how do we gain experience? From living! From MISTAKES! I have continued to talk about this concept in our classroom, and I hope students are not afraid of making mistakes or not knowing an answer, but rather focus on the process of their learning. And we know this process often includes making mistakes and the not knowing.

Experience is the name we can give the mistakes we make. And it is through those mistakes that we can come out wiser and more experienced.

Try This At Home...

Listen to a song (or songs) together, and discuss the theme of the lyrics.

Possible questions you can ask your child: What message is the artist trying to send? What lesson can the listener learn? How do you think the musician(s) came up with the idea for this song?

Song Suggestions:

"Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves

"Let it Go" Frozen Soundtrack

"The Climb" by Miley Cyrus

"Firework" by Katy Perry

"If I had $1,000,000" by Bare Naked Ladies (the band name is no indication!)

"Fireflies" by Owl City

PTO Movie Night

Friday, March 6th, 5:45pm

5670 Noble Crossing Parkway

Noblesville, IN

Next Week's Set List

Week at a Glance/Skills for the Week:

LITERACY – Students will continue to examine different text structures and analyze how the author's choice of organization affects the story. Specifically, we will focus on cause/effect. We will also begin Q3 book clubs, as we did not start last week with testing going on.

– Students finish writing fictional narratives. These stories will be used in their Young Author books that will be published for Art and Author Night on MARCH 24th. I will allow students to take these home to work on if necessary!

MATH – We will finish up Unit 9. In this unit, students work with coordinate graphs, extend their understanding of area, and develop a formula for volume. Our Unit 9 test will be Thursday, March 12. I will send a study guide home on Monday.

SPELLING – No Spelling Test next week.

SCIENCE – Students have read about weathering and erosion with partners, and we will conduct some small inquiry lessons to further our understanding of these concepts.

SOCIAL STUDIES – We will begin Unit 3 in Social Studies, which explores the concepts of developing territories, Statehood, and how to live in harmony with others. How can we have freedom within a government structure? How does structure of government represent citizens of Indiana? How did key documents lay the framework for Indiana's constitution?

TIPS – We will read a story and conduct a Socratic seminar based on a common text.

Upcoming Events

March 16th: Start of Quarter 4

Week of March 16th: Acuity 3 Readiness test (the LAST one!)

March 18th: Early Release Day, 2:55 Dismissal

March 18th: 4th Grade Music Program, 7pm
**This is a change from the previous date**

March 24th: Art and Author Night, 4:30pm

**YAB are DUE on this date. Students may work on them at home***

March 30th - April 10th: Spring Break

April 21st: ISO Discovery Concert Field Trip, 9:30am

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