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firstname.lastname@example.orgAbout Ms. Jones • I am from Atlanta, GA. • Graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters in Teaching. • This is my second year at CAG. • My 4th year teaching. • I love reading, traveling, and baseball!
What’s new in 3rd grade? • Your student’s transition to 3rd grade marks an important step in their academic career. • Our goal for this year is to increase student independence and responsibility. • Our new math program uses more hands-on activities and focuses on student-centered learning. • https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do?orgID=88198390 • Some of the increased responsibility includes: • Double the weekly time in the Science Lab. • Increasing use of textbooks. • More folders and notebooks. • More technology! iPads!
Student Independence and Responsibility: How Teachers Help• Homeroom • Using a calendar to plan ahead • Model and practice how everything has a place (i.e. organization).• Let them learn from their mistakes • Talk about what didn’t work and how we can improve the next time around.• Classroom Meeting • Problem solving to fix student relationships.
Student Independence and Responsibility: How Parents Can Help• Don’t bring their forgotten items for them. • The office will not permit this and classroom teachers can not permit it either.• Have a discussion • Think Sheet • Make a behavioral plan at home • Share with us what works at home
Classroom Management• Behavior colors: Green- great day, Yellow- warning, Red- students write a note home and separate from group, Blue- office• Positive Reinforcement! Throughout the week, students may earn stars. These stars may be traded in for various rewards like having Friday lunch with a friend at the Montanita.
Homework – a.k.a. Night Time Practice• Thank you! Continue signing agendas.• New homework policy: focus on reading and math practice. 30 minutes of reading in English due every Friday on reading logs. 15 minutes of online math practice (IXL) also due by Friday morning.• Let them make mistakes• Hire a tutor only to review and re-teach concepts taught in class and not to help them complete their homework. • Homework is responsibility development.
Homework – a.k.a. Night Time Practice• Forgotten homework policy: • Trimester 1: one day late (50% off), next day (0%) • Trimester 2: first day late (0%) • 3 missing homework in one language = Friday detention • Sickness and family emergencies are obvious exceptions
Language Arts• Life Long Readers and Writers• Reading Workshop 1. Reading is Thinking 2. Readers share their thinking 3. Readers work together• Writing Workshop– Encourages organic, creative writing!
Math• On-line homework and resources: IXL.com Think Central Brain Pop Jr. Username: CAGPOP Password: PASSWORD
Lunch Time!• Please send HEALTHY lunches to school that may either be eaten cold or prepared in the microwave in 60 seconds or less.