Friday, October 11, 2019

Published Poets

Fourth graders from both RES classrooms shared their poetry with one another yesterday.  These poets worked hard to incorporate imagery, alliteration, similes, repetition, and delicious, descriptive words into their poems.  Students wrote thoughtful, specific compliments to each other.  They should be very proud of their hard work!  At lunchtime, we celebrated with dancing and eating some tasty treats!  

Thank you to everyone who donated items for our party.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Practicing Power Poses

We watched this video a while back and learned how our body language can change how we feel about ourselves.  We now know that when something seems hard, we can fake confidence until we actually BECOME more confident.  When you have time, watch this fascinating TED Talk by Amy Cuddy.

Here are a few photos of our class practicing and holding power poses before a math assessment.

Volunteers Needed!

Our schoolwide t-shirt tie dying celebration is coming up and we need some help!  Check out the volunteer opportunities with this link to a sign up page.  Thanks for your continued support!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Follow Our Classroom Blog!

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If not, help them sign up now on your Chromebook.  It's easy! 
1. Go to the RES homepage. 
2. Click on Classes.
3. Click on our class.
4. Enter your adult's e-mail address.
5. Click Submit!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Developing Routines

Routines are very important for the daily operations within our classroom.  In order for students to be prepared for the day's learning, they need to take care of themselves, each other and the classroom.  Some morning routines include greeting me and a few friends without being disruptive, checking for notes and taking care of their home/school folder, unstacking chairs, reading the morning message, signing up for lunch, handling their classroom jobs, and completing morning work.

Other routines that students have practiced include transitions within the classroom and around the school, cleaning up from snack, managing materials for math menu, handling Chromebooks, and cleaning up at the end of the day.  Although students still need some reminders, we know that if we practice the routines now, we will be more efficient in the long run.  A current goal for our class is to cut down on the time we spend chit-chatting in between learning blocks.  Less time on transitions means more time on fun projects, reading, and engaging math problems, like those pictured below!

Friday, September 6, 2019

You Can Grow Your Brain!

  • Have you ever found yourself thinking that you can't do something?  
  • Have you looked at a classmate and felt intimidated because they finished quickly and you were still working so hard?  
  • Have you ever felt frustrated by your mistakes...maybe even so frustrated that you wanted to give up? 
  • Have you ever thought, "I'm just not good at math!" or "I can't spell at all"?
Over the past two weeks, students in our class have spent a lot of time discussing these questions.  We've examined our own thoughts about how we learn and we've listened to peers with similar self-doubts.  

As a classroom community, we've read books and watched informational videos about how our brains work.  We have learned that there is a different way of thinking about ourselves, and just by changing our thinking, we can actually GROW OUR BRAINS!

Please take the time to watch these videos--you might even invite your fourth grader to watch them again with you.  Talk about what it means to have a growth mindset.  You might discover areas of your life where you can grow your brain--or at least strengthen the connections.  Fourth grade will have its challenges, so let's empower students to try new things, make mistakes, and try again!  

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Week One Highlights

We had a very busy first three days of school!  Although some students were eager to dive into academics (and their new school supplies), we spent most of our time developing routines, building connections with one another, and learning about how we can adopt a growth mindset.  (More information on a growth mindset to follow shortly!)
      I firmly believe that students need to feel respected and supported so that they are willing to accept challenges, make mistakes, learn, and GROW!  I also believe that talking, listening, and laughing together are ways we can strengthen our connections with one another.  We celebrate our uniqueness while simultaneously honoring what makes all human. 
     Enjoy a few photos and a video from our first few days, and look for more to follow soon!