I'm going to be working toward a flexible seating classroom. Currently the students can sit at desks, on the floor, or at the tables in my room. I would like to have some more comfy options. After all, we do a LOT of reading, and reading at the desks isn't so cozy. I'm looking for comfy chairs, bean bags, lightweight couches (no sleeper sofas or sectionals!). Think Starbucks or dorm rooms. A couple coffee tables would be awesome, as well. If you have anything you're looking to get rid of that might work, please contact me at email@example.com.
Very exciting day today! All students in Cerwinske and Darno's homeroom created a new password for their email account. We are working on updating them all. Thayne's homeroom will do this next Thursday. Once that is complete, a paper will go home to show you how to download Office 365 (for free!) on your home computers. We use email, and all the tools such as Word and PowerPoint often in the class. This takes away the need for a flash drive. Additionally, when students have questions about assignments, they can email their teachers to get help or clarification. This is the first step in empowering the students to be advocates for their learning, and to take full responsibility for their success. We did emphasize today that this is a professional account, and parents should be checking in on them often to see what's going on in their academic world.
Hello families! I'm loving having your kids in my class. It is so fun getting to know them. I came across this article this morning, and it was something I shared with my husband. I know kids can be frustrating sometimes, and this was a good article to reflect on how we talk to kids. I'm not saying you all say these things, but having taught 5th grade for many years, I know that when they start showing their independence, sometimes there's conflict. (You all know I have a 4 year old and a 14 year old....so I get it!). This was good, quick slide show that helped me be a little more reflective in how I engage with my children. Let me know your thoughts!
50 Things You Should Never, Ever Say to Your Kids
What's this travel log writing all about?
The writing is to focus on the main idea of the sentence in sequential order. They had to expand on 5 events from the summer...as big as a vacation, or as small as a day playing video games.
One of my examples was one of my vacations...a trip to the Bahamas. They focused on how they got there, who they were with, what was said, emotions, etc.
It is written in a stream of words and phrases, in sequential order.
So my Bahamas trip was:
Car. Husband. "Bye honey! See you soon!" Airport. Coffee. Line 5. Freezing cold. Orlando Airport. Mickey ears. Friends. Macaroni grill. Waiting for Eve. Rental car. Traveling to Vero. Giant house. Wow!!! Amazing library. Presents. Beach bag. Pool therapy. Where's the plunger? Finally asleep. Alarm. Hurry to the airport. Private jet. Harry. Airport. Fine threads. Little boat. Boat Bob. Big boat. Silver Streak. Golf cart. Left. Left. LEFT!!!! Tucked in. Aquapalooza.
That's pretty detailed. I'm not expecting them to be able to do that on their first writing. But main idea, details, proper spelling, sequential order, telling a story without full sentences. Format should be best handwriting, not typed. Loose leafed paper, honoring margins.
The other objective is to complete an assignment on time, and ask for a 1 day extension, if necessary. I believe in the kids advocating for themselves. We will teach the kids how to check parent portal. Students should know if they are missing work, and what their grades are. Parents if you do not know how to access grades online, please let me know.
Parents! What a great day! I'm so impressed with your 5th graders. They really made the day go smoothly - and quickly! They brought home a stack of "first day papers." It's really important that the emergency dismissal form come back asap, and the emergency card. If there are any changes to be made on the card, just write in the changes, and then check the box. If no changes, just sign the back and have your child sign, as well.
No homework today! We figured out a lot of the procedures (we'll do more tomorrow), and got our supplies organized. If your child was missing something today, please have them bring it in as soon as you can.
Tomorrow we will do a mini switch in class, so they get to practice going to each of their classes. But we start regular switching on Wednesday. Please see the schedule for more detail.
You will notice that we don't have snack in 5th grade. Lunch is right in the middle of the day at noon, so they should be fine.
Code of Behavior is Online—Hard Copies Available as Needed
The “Code of Behavior” (COB) is available online with vital information for students and parents. Find it in Arabic, English, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese on the Code of Behavior & Forms web page (choose “rules” from the “Parents” or “Students” icons on pwcs.edu). Printed copies are available for families who do not have access to a computer. All essential forms are consolidated in the COB and found on the Code of Behavior & Forms web page in the right-hand column.
Please review the Code of Behavior. Make sure you and your children understand the expectations, rules and regulations, policies, and procedures it contains. Use these “rules of the road” to navigate opportunities and challenges in PWCS, while protecting the health, safety, and rights of PWCS students and staff, and the quality of our learning environment.