Once again, it's so hard to believe we are at the end of another month of this school year! The days are busy, fun, and fly by!
Updates for this week:
* We DO have school tomorrow. It is our first makeup day for the snow day we had right after Christmas Break.
Mrs. Letterman Gone Tuesday and Wednesday-
I will be attending The Leader in Me symposium in Kansas City with some other teachers from our school and district. If you recall, we went on a school visit last fall and this conference will teach us the in's and out' s of the Leader in Me program and what it is all about.
Willard Central, South, and the Middle School are all currently in the first year to two of implementing this program. The Leader in Me takes content from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and uses them to help children become leaders in their own school, home, and community. There is so much more. If you are interested, keep your eye out for more info or check out THIS LINK for more information. (click the word "Link")
With all of that being said, I will be away and learning Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Miss Weatherly will be there to teach and guide the class. (She has been doing awesome!) If you have a change to the way your child will get home, call the office. She has access to our Class Dojo but I am uncertain if she can see messages from parents.
Our early arrival of spring brings has brought out some jitters, which is NOT uncommon at all. But we have a lot of learning left to do in third grade and Dojo points aren't as effective as they once were. This week, students will start filling out a Think Sheet when they lose a point. I have explained to them that this isn't meant to be an extra step as a form of punishment but as a way to give students a chance to think about their action that kept themselves or others from learning and hopefully leads to a change of behavior.
If you see one of these come home, please sign and have your child return in back to school the next day.
I will continue to use Class Dojo. I try my very best to add a note if a student loses a point. This helps make it a little more specific than just " -1 for unexpected line behavior."
This "plan" is not perfect by any means and there will be some kinks. Please feel free to share any feedback or ideas you have to help improve this.
If you ever have questions about your child, please contact me. I will always let you know if your child is having trouble with something in class, whether it be behavior or academic related.
Students have been working on two step word problems this week using all operations. We will finish this up and test this week and Miss Weatherly will begin teaching fractions to the class later this week.
Students are finishing up their first piece of opinion writing. This piece we did with a lot of help and modeling. This week, students will begin writing their first independent piece with a little less help and then will complete one all on their own before the end of the quarter for their writing prompt.
The third grade expectation is that each student needs to have a good introduction that clearly states their opinion, three paragraphs- each paragraph being a reason and examples and explanations of that opinion, and a good conclusion to wrap it all up!
I know first hand that this time of year can get hectic with new sports seasons starting up and BEAUTIFUL weather that makes it hard to stay inside for very long. Please be sure that your child is reading 20 minutes a day. This is hands down one of THE BEST things you can do to help your child out at home to help them grow academically. And it's fun! They can read to you, a sibling, or you can take turns reading to each other!
Mrs. Letterman is a third grade teacher at Willard East. This is her 8th year in Willard, but her 10th year to teach third grade!