In our classroom we work hard to stay positive despite challenges with school work and behaviour. One way to help develop self-esteem is to use affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements that we tell ourselves. We have been reading and watching the book Affirmation Weaver from Stress Free Kids. Students made beautiful pictures showing the sea creatures featured in the books along with the affirmations. Jonathan said that I could share the powerpoint that he created. Thanks Jonathan!
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During Spring Break I attended a workshop in San Jose, CA. There I refreshed my knowledge on the use of Direct Instruction curriculum. What is Direct Instruction (or DI)? Direct Instruction curriculum uses a prepared program where students have many opportunities to answer questions. We are using a Comprehension program. Our class is learning about analogies, deductions, how to follow directions and write stories. You can read more about Direct Instruction at McGraw Hill
Take at look at our class in action! Students are listening, answering together and are retrieving information stored in their short-term memory. It may look easy but it takes a lot of concentration and focus.
This week will fly by! Track practice has started on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8 am. I am so pleased that three students are taking part. I'd love to see our entire class. During track practice students learn to warm up and increase their cardiovascular fitness and endurance. If you would like your son or daughter to join but need help to get them to school, please give me a call or email. I'm sure we could work something out.
Thursday afternoon are student-led conferences. You will accompany your child to school and they show you their work and activities. I will be available if you have any questions. Conference request forms went home last week. They should be returned by Monday.
As part of our Daily Homework Activities students were asked to create a character from one of the books they read out of clay. They are currently on display at the front office.
Students will not attend school on Friday as teachers are attending professional development activities. Students in my class will be asked to complete the Spider Webquest activities to hand in on Monday, April 18th.
Welcome to our new classroom website!
I hope that everyone enjoyed their Spring Break and are ready to come back to school. This week for homework we will start an updated Speller's Choice program and Reading Tic-Tac-Toe. Our homework reading will focus on Canada as we are beginning a Canadian history unit in Social Studies. We will continue our novel study "Charlotte's Web" and RAZ-Kids in Readers Workshop. In Math we will start on problem solving using subtraction.
I am excited that soon each student will have a chance to be able to post to their own Blog.