Thank you to all of you for all of your support this first month of school. I LOVE teaching your children.
Our first month has flown by! We have spent a lot of our time establishing routines and expectations in our classroom. The students are learning their environment and how to navigate our classroom. I have just finished rotating students through our flexible learning space options, and the students will receive their first official assigned seats this Monday. Seats will change every quarter to ensure that all students get the opportunity to work in their favorite learning environment for a portion of time. If you are interested in learning more about flexible seating you can browse through this article (https://www.edutopia.org/blog/flexible-seating-student-centered-classroom-kayla-delzer).
I like to refer to our students as the Highcroft "Seniors" and encourage them to set a great example as the rest of the students in the school look up to them. They love this responsibility and are really thriving with it! Whenever they leave my classroom I encourage them to come back to me with a "four piece with extra barbecue sauce." This is a fun way for us to be encouraged to bring back four points on our Husky PAW (showing the students checked the box for respectful, kind, safe, and responsible). The kids enjoy coming back to me and telling me that they earned a four piece.
Your students are also learning how to be self sufficient in order to prepare them for middle school. In our classroom we have a classroom economy. Every student in the classroom has a job to complete each week, and they are paid for their job as long as they are completing the required tasks. Students are paid every Friday, either $10 or $15, depending on their current job. If students want a monthly job that pays $15 a week instead of $10, they must apply and be hired. The application requires them to explain their qualifications for the job and to describe a time when they've used the necessary skills. As students are saving up their hard earned class cash, they have a few options for spending. There are prizes available for purchase, such as a class "brain break," lunch with Mrs. P, Mrs. P plays a game with you at recess, or a positive call home. In addition to these prizes that can be purchased at any time, we are planning to have a class market day (hopefully right before our December break). More information about class market day will come home in the following weeks!
Please be sure you are checking your child's agenda each night to help hold them accountable for their work. It is also important for you to regularly ask them about what they are reading and encourage them to finish books. Stay tuned for our weekly newsletter to be sent out via email today! Our newsletter will keep you up to date on what your child is working on at school.