Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

With our first full week under our belt, it is fair to say that we have been busy and productive in room 20.  Have you checked out the latest collection of Photos From Our Week on our blog?  The photos, taken by the two team photographers and I, provide a nice recap of what has been going on in the world of Team 20.  You can use them to spark a conversation with your kid about what we have been doing.

One of our first assignments of the school year has focused on decorating our classroom.  Our Hallway Name Card project was a vehicle for teaching the same process that kids use for their writing...that writing goes from "private" to "public."  Private work is for the “self” and includes creating a plan, conferencing on that plan, then creating a rough draft, conferencing on that rough draft, and making some revisions/edits.  We say that public is for “others” and that audience helps to determine the standards of quality and acceptance.  The kids' work is on the wall near our door and looks good.  They are applying that same process to making other classroom d├ęcor, including a welcome sign, lunch tub sign, playground ball sign, number line, and more.  That same process is being used for our first writing project as kids brainstorm through drawing activities and through making a web to organize their thinking.  Kids began conferencing together on their plans.

We logged into Chromebooks for the first time this week.  We have one Chromebook for each kid in our room this year.  Kids began practicing their typing with Typing Club.  They can log into Typing Club from any computer with their Google Account.  We reconnected with RAZ Kids reading, which kids used last year.  Login information for Google and RAZ Kids came home today in your kid's THF.

At the end of a few days so far, kids have been filling out a Homework Helper, which a piece of paper that lives in the left pocket of their green Take Home Folder and is designed to help them get organized.  They use their green Take Home Folder to transport any work between home and school.  Homework at this point of the school year is for kids to read at least 30 minutes each night. 

A couple of reminders: It’s picture time.  Team 20’s school photo day is this Friday, September 11th.  Here is a link to all of the details.  Order forms with instructions were included in the tan packet sent home by the Lewis office on the first day.  More copies are available in the office.

Join us for the Back-to-School Night next Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m.  I would love to meet everybody and give your kid a chance to show you around the room.  Have your calendar handy when you come so you can mark down your time for parent-teacher conferences.  They are October 21 and 22.

Please follow us on Twitter @LewisRoom20 and at LewisRoom20.blogspot.com for regular updates and photos!

Mark

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