Sarah's Weekly Update 9-17-18

posted Sep 19, 2013, 10:07 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Welcome to the 2013 -2014 school year in Room 7. I’ve had a lot of fun in the last couple weeks getting to know all the new students and reconnecting with returning students. This year’s community looks like its full of energy and excitement about learning. I can’t wait to get into the thick of things. 

We do have a few changes from last year. Emily Kintigh is assisting in Eric’s class this year, and Adriene Mills is returning to upper el to be my assistant. I’m also expecting a baby in January, and if all goes as planned, will be on maternity leave from Winter Break through Spring Break, and after that will return part time for the remainder of the year. 

Academics:
This week students are getting into the habit of having a daily work cycle. We’re talking about what type of work they can be doing, and right now they are choosing their own work during the work cycle. 

Students are also practicing beginning the day by writing a daily work plan. This is a chance for them to organize how they are going to spend their work time. This week's goal is that they will have completed at least one work in math, reading, writing, history, geography and science. 

I’m seeing some great work choices at this point in the year. We have research started in subjects ranging from constellations to elephants. Some students have set goals of learning foreign languages and are writing math problems using Spanish. 

Students have been completing assessments in math, reading, and writing, which will allow me to begin teaching lessons in math and language next week. Cultural studies will follow shortly after that. 

Creative Expressions:
This year the upper elementary team is eager to continue offering Creative Expressions, an elective opportunity on Fridays. Each teacher and assistant will be leading a small group activity in a specialty area. Last year we had electives ranging from knitting and mask making to cheer leading and ultimate Frisbee. If you have a specialty that you would like to share with a small group of students for six weeks, please e-mail me and let me know.

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