Students have been cooperating and working as a team to earn gems all week! While we're doing independent work at our tables, we like to listen to "the quiet music" because it helps us concentrate:
CBC Radio 2
Tribes For more info, visit the Tribes Website
Students have been learning about our Room 108 Community Expectations and have agreed to follow these rules:
- Appreciations (not put downs)
- Participation (with a right to pass, and then be revisited)
- Mutual Respect (of ourselves, others, and our environment)
When talking about Appreciations, we read & discussed:
David Goes to School
When talking about Participation, we read & discussed:
Little One Step
We discussed the word "Grit" - Wemberly was definitely in need of some! Grit is when we - try - even if we're worried, scared, tired ... we keep trying and believe in ourselves.
We also discussed the word, "Fail". It's OK if we fail, if we're not perfect (nobody's perfect!), if we don't get it right the first time.
When talking about Listening, we read:
David Gets in Trouble!
SLAM! A Tale of Consequences
When talking about Respect, we read:
Zero - respect yourself, believe in yourself - you are WORTH something
Whoever You Are - respect others, because we're all the same inside
As we continue to work on our Number Books (we're at day #9!), students are learning to represent #s with organized, images, stacked in long rows (remember, "row, row, row your boat - horizontal) and tall columns (remember, "big tall columns we see on buildings - vertical). If we stack our images (rather than draw them all over the page, in no order) it helps us to see them quickly, without even counting - this is a strategy called subitizing. When we see the dots organized on a die, we can just see the number, we don't have to count each dot individually.
Practice using these dot plates at home and talk about how you see the #s to know what they are. For example:
Visit this website for more information, for downloadable & printable resources at home. Make your own plates (or flash cards) to play with at home!
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.