2 All About Me Born in Pittsburgh, PA Attended Clarion University of PA Moved to Fayetteville, NCTaught 5th Grade for 2 yearsTaught 1st Grade for 4 yearsFollowed my family to Cornelia, GA and taught 2nd Grade in Habersham County for 2 yearsRecently married on July, 23rd and moved to Atlanta to teach at Austin
3 A Typical Day D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Math PE/German/RecessRead AloudWord StudyWriters WorkshopReading WorkshopLunchScienceSocial StudiesBuddy Study
4 ASSIGNMENTS AND PROCEDURES HomeworkASSIGNMENTS AND PROCEDURESAssignments are written in newsletterWill be a variety from different subjectsReading and Buddy Study every nightSent home and returned in Homework FolderChecked dailyGraded (late assignments will have points deducted)Students completing all assignments for the week will get to pick from the treasure box.Students completing all assignments for the month will receive a homework pass.HELPFUL HINTS FOR HOMEConvey your expectations about homework to your childSet aside a special time just for homeworkSet up a proper study areaShow interest in your child’s assignmentsOffer praise as motivation
5 Language Arts Word Study Read Aloud Interactive and Shared Writing Reading WorkshopWriting Workshop
6 Word StudySystematically planned and applied experiences focusing on the elements of letters and words. The goals of Word Study are as follows:Knowledge of how to look at and use features of printKnowledge of large core and high-frequency wordsAn understanding of simple and complex letter-sound relationshipsThe ability to notice and use patterns in wordsThe ability to use a repertoire of word-solving strategiesSkill in using references, resources and proofreading
7 Read AloudThe teacher reads a story aloud. The goals of Read Aloud are as follows:An appreciation of literature and knowledge about the written languageHow to make personal connections to what they readSkills in how to have a discussion about reading, and the connections that are madeThe ability to recognize the parts of a storyThe ability to hear the expression and fluency of an experienced reader
8 Interactive and Shared Writing A group writing process where the students and the teacher share the pen on chart paper. The goals of Interactive and Shared Writing are as follows:How to express their ideas in writingKnowledge of letter names, handwriting and skillHow to make connections between letter sounds and words
9 Reading WorkshopOne way of organizing a balanced literacy program. The purpose of reading workshop is to promote fluency, provide and occasion to promote the love of reading and learn about texts in various ways. Reading workshop builds a community of readers as students receive support from the teacher, their peers, and interact with others to develop good literacy habits.
10 Reading Workshop The goals of reading Workshop are as follows: An understanding of strategies that will benefit them while they are reading.The ability to respond to literature in Reading Response JournalsThe ability to make decisions about their own reading
11 Reading Workshop Reading Workshop consists of three main parts: Mini lessonReading-Guided Reading groups-Conferencing-Reading Response JournalsShare
12 Writing WorkshopA forum for students to independently write while the teacher guides the writing towards publication. The goals are as follows:Students write uninterruptedKnowledge of the essential parts of a story and a feeling of ownership over their workSynthesis of the strategies from other Language Arts components into their writingWriting Workshop consists of three main parts.Mini lesson-Based on their needsConferencingShare
13 Math Classes are homogeneously grouped How are they grouped? 1. CRCT and ITBS scores2. Teacher Observation3. Previous classes in 1st gradeClasses are flexibleSame skills are taught using different techniques6-week pacing guideHomework and grades will come from your child’s math teacher
14 Science/Social Studies All classes teach the same topics at the same timeSkills are often taught using projects, literature, experiments, and technologySecond Grade pacing guide
15 Buddy Study A different approach to spelling. Students are tested on the “No Excuse” word listMissed words become their “Words to Learn”Five words are picked from their “Words to Learn” folder and five are picked from class generated list (based on a Word Study lesson from that week)Students complete weekly activities that promote retention of the spelling of these words.
16 Buddy Study Weekly Buddy Study Activities: Monday: Choose, Write, BuildTuesday: Look, Say, Cover, Write, CheckWednesday: Buddy CheckThursday: Making ConnectionsFriday: Buddy Test
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