www.classdojo.com - this is how I’ll communicate our class information, behavior, pictures, happenings etc. I emailed the link to your primary email account if given. In addition to email I would download the free app if I were you so you can stay connected throughout the day vs. getting home late at night after sports, life etc. and not remembering to check in.
Class Story tab is what I’ll use most of the time. It will not ‘ring’ your phone like a message will so it requires you to check in from time to time. I will not bombard you with text messages ‘Message tab’ on Dojo unless it’s something quick that we need etc.
There’s also a ‘My Student’ tab which shows your child’s behavior in class / school. For the most part I’ll just do a quick click on J or L behavior that I’ve noticed. I will only sometimes write in detail what it was. Most of the time I’m giving kudos to 10 kids or so at a time and don’t have time to write on every kiddos wall separately. Just message me if you’re ever concerned. I’ll call if I really need to talk to you about something.
No Homework! (Most of the time)J
Unfinished classwork will need to be completed at home, and every once in a while I will assign something to finish or do at home.
Students will be given a “Student Choice Board” at the beginning of each month. From this they can pick whatever assignment(s) they’d like to complete at home. When they return to school the next day they should turn in their assignment and initial a 100 squared Class Chart. Once the class fills the chart with 100 initials and assignments turned in we’ll go out for extra recess or have board/computer game time in class. Each assignment should be at least 20 minutes of effort.
If there is another idea that you come up with that is educational (for example; I’ve been thinking of building a bat house with my own boys) then just have your child write a brief description on a piece of paper to turn in. The same is true if it was a big project that your child can not carry to school.
My goal is to differentiate learning for each student and for you and your child to spend more quality, fun, educational time together with less headaches and moans from all parties of the monotonous, dull, boring homework that has plagued many of us in the past
NO HOMEWORK, BUT…………
Accelerated Reading - I still want to see students reading and taking AR tests at school. I care about WORDS READ not points. I’ve never had a student score low on a state test and/or struggle in reading if they read at least 500,000 words for the year – just something to keep in mind J I will send AR reports from time to time to keep you up to date. But students are able to keep up with all of their books, words read for the year online at school. Students will also have time to read at school.
Spelling – students will be given a list of words for each Lesson. There are 3 groups of words on each list. Group 1 (easiest words) I will randomly pick 10 words on test day (test day will usually, but not always be Thursdays). Group 2 words (more difficult) I will highlight 10 words with the students at the beginning that will be on the test. Group 3 words (vocabulary only) will not be part of our spelling tests, but will be part of our reading tests – students need to know how to use these words in context. Students will have Spelling / Morning work assignments to do in class to get spelling practice.
Just an FYI - I will not put every spelling test grade in the grade book as spelling tests tend to inflate reading grades. I also will not tell the kids beforehand if it is or isn’t going in the books. Think of them like the ‘Pop Quizzes’ we used to get when we were in school decades ago.
Math – the goal is to do 1 lesson a day and starting at the beginning of our book, but sometimes we need to spend extra time on lessons from time to time. We’ll always put what lesson we did for the day in our planners in case you want to look ahead to see what is coming next. Another FYI – our first Chapter, Chapter 1 (Base 10, values, place value is always a tough one so don’t get discouraged) www.thinkcentral.com
Science/Social Studies – Ms. Holifield firstname.lastname@example.org and I co-teach these two. I’m in charge of Social Studies and she has Science. Students will switch classes each day. It works out really well as students can see another teaching style, become friends with another class, and get up and out of their seat for a few minutes after a long day.
Planner/Agenda – At the end of each day we will discuss and write in our agendas what we did for the day along with anything that is coming up in the near future. Please have your child show you each night so you can stay in the loop with what we’re discussing / learning.
Snacks / water bottles. We’ll have snack in the classroom each day. Students may bring something that is quick, easy, and not messy to eat. Bars are always good for working and munching at the same time. Pudding, Jello, and yogurts tend to become messy and the kids seem to drag out the time frame of these for some reason. Water bottles are allowed to be kept on desks.
Graded Papers – will be sent home on Friday’s in their planners.
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