Throughout the year students will earn collective “gems” as positive reinforcement when they follow the expectations. For example, if we’re walking down the hallways quietly, respecting the others in the building that are learning and working, we will earn a gem. After a read aloud, if all the students showed active listening, we’ll earn a gem. If we have a Scientist come to do a workshop, and we show appreciation for our visitor by using polite manners, we’ll earn a gem. And if we all follow the steps in a new activity and try something together, we’ll earn a gem. Once all the gems have been earned, we’ll celebrate our good choices by having a ‘gem party’!
Students will also be recognized for making good choices individually too. A favourite read aloud is Have You Filled a Bucket Today? If someone picks up pencils and erasers off the ground to put them where they belong, if they model good listening on the carpet by putting one finger to their lips and the other hand high in the air, if they say excuse me to a classmate at the hooks when they’re trying to get at their backpack or if they take a risk and join in an activity that’s new to them, a student can earn a ‘droplet’ to be put in our classroom bucket. Now, I don't always get the chance to see students making their good choices, so they won’t always get a droplet, but I hope that they’ll continue to make good choices because when they do, they not only make someone else happy (and fill their bucket) they too can feel a sense of pride and happiness for making a good choice. Every once in a while, we’ll draw droplets from the bin and those students will get to choose their centre first, choose the picture book to read aloud, get 5 minutes of extra computer time, or maybe they’ll even get a sticker or a pencil to take home ;)
A look at today’s schedule:
Congrats Ben! Ask your son or daughter what s/he learned about him from the interview; what did they draw and label on their picture for him?
Students practice printing Ben’s name and their own names. They draw a picture of something about Ben, then use the anchor chart on the Smart Board to label or write a sentence
Swimming (we met coach Pepper and coach Jessica)
They discussed expectations for the pool (we start in October).
MUST BRING - labelled bag, labelled swim suit, labelled towel, labelled flip flops/crocs (something to wear in case of fire) *elastics or bathing caps for long hair - all long hair MUST be kept up. Girls - one piece bathing suits or tank-inis (if you bring a 2 piece, please send a shirt to be worn in pool)
CAN BRING - (NO GLASS) goggles (if wanted, students can borrow from shared bin), ear plugs, nose plugs, plastic water bottles, water shoes
*Students will go into the girls/boys change rooms and change independently; adults are not permitted in change rooms. However, I stand close by to the door and students can come to ask for help; I will step just inside the door.
*PLEASE discuss with your child appropriate change room behaviour AND that he or she could come to me if there is any silliness that I should be made aware of.
*Students take part in a lesson in the shallow end; life jackets are available if needed.
*If your son or daughter needs to be excused from swim for any reason, please send a hand written note.
We started creating our own Number Books and we’ll create a page for each number from #1 - #20. So far we’ve looked at the numbers 1, 2, 3. How can you represent the #2 for example?
This Number Sense book will help to form a foundation for problem solving and showing/explaining our thinking later on. Students will learn to ‘show what they know’ using a ‘WIN’ing strategy: Words, Images, Numbers (in math, we don’t draw pictures, we do a quick sketch of an image).The more ways that students can represent and understand a number, then the more strategies they will be able to use when they problem solve.
Ok so school has been fun, but wow do we miss summer! Today we reminisced about all our adventures and chose one to draw and write about. We'll take these pictures and put them into a class made Summer Fun book!
Helena took the students up to the computer lab to talk about the routines and the expectations. Soon, she will have the opportunity to work with students one on one to create logins, passwords and save bookmarks on the web (www.starfall.com, www.abcya.com, www.storylineonline.net)
Puppets, Marbleworks, Listening Centre with Octopus's Garden, Duplo and Book Nook were popular today.
The Most Magnificent Thing is a beautiful story about a young girl with GRIT! Ask your son or daughter about Grit (and ask them to show you our action to go along with it!)
In our Room 108 Classroom Community, we foster an engaging, respectful and caring environment. I aim to balance a consistent program with flexible responsiveness to students' individual needs.