Mr. Bedley's Class News
Wishing You The Best of Holidays and Happy New Year
Un-Making to Understand
Adding to Our Digital Portfolio
Reading to Our TK Buddies
Thanksgiving Feast to Celebrate Our Many Cultures
Visit to Riley's Farm to Kick Off Our Colonial Era Studies
Learning About Life in the 1600 & 1700's
Seeing Patterns in Math for Deeper Understanding
Show and Tell... In Math
Showing How We Solve Math ... Projected for All to See
Math Daily 5
Thank You For all The Kind Gifts and Thoughts for my Birthday and the Holidays!
Hour of Code - Teaching Our 3rd Grade Tech Buddies
Connecting Learning - Talking Directly with the Experts
Dead Explorer's Press Conference (Focused on Researching the Age of Exploration)
Spreading Joy at Irvine City Hall
Caroling Digitally Across North America
Grant Awarded to Plaza Vista!
California Snowball Fight
We Have Some Great Things Coming in Quarter 3!
Along with teaching, I work as a community facilitator to help support teachers around the world through an online publication called Edutopia. It’s a great opportunity share to the world what we are doing here at Plaza Vista, as well as learn the most up-to-date strategies being used globally to improve student learning. I recently shared an article with a few other teachers that discussed questions parents should be asking their teachers. This is the continuation through the 19 most important questions parents should ask their child’s teacher.
* How are assessments designed to promote learning rather than simple measurement?
Assessments are deliberate and happen regularly. We assess to see where students are, how much they are growing and what we can do better to make sure they understand the content that is being taught and discussed in class. Research says frequent assessments help both teachers and students understand what areas need to be focused on in order to improve growth. So we assess with the hopes that we can improve our students and allow them to reach their utmost potential. Many of these assessments are used to inform me on the content area to support your child. I'm able to get the information on how to support their learning this way. Not all these assessments go towards their overall report card.
* What can I do to support literacy in my home?
There is so much you can do but it all starts with encouraging your child to read regularly. You can do this by buying books they are interested in or heading to the library and allowing them to choose. They should use the I PICK technique we teach in Daily 5 to choose their books as well. I would also encourage you to practice the strategies taught in class such as Infer and support with text and even making predictions. Stopping them at any time in their story and asking them "Who the story is about and what just happened?" goes a long way as well! Remember, if your child reads regularly they will become both better readers and better writers.