Phone: (610) 626-9168
Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Elementary Education MED in School Counseling
I have been teaching for 16 years, 14 of those years at Garrettford in 4th grade. I went to Kutztown University and graduated with a BS in Elementary Education. I got my MED in school counseling at West Chester University.
Some of my favorite things are volunteering with rescue dogs and animals, kickboxing, Starbucks, reading, yoga, baking, cooking, Halloween, and traveling. I went to Spain this summer and it was amazing!
I have a 10 year Pittson (Boston Terrier/Bull Terrier) named Sammie. I'm sure my class will see lots of pictures! ha! I adopted her and can't say enough good things about adopting a pet.
Degrees and Certifications:
Welcome Back January!
January is a busy month. Students will be taking their middle of the year MAP benchmark tests in reading and math the second week in January. We are officially half way through the school year. We also spend some time reviewing the procedures and rules for our classroom, just in case we forgot over the winter break. :) Students set goals in September and November, so January is a good month to revisit those goals and see our progress.
In math, we are on Chapter 5 factors and mulitiples. This a short chapter. We then move on to fractions which we will be spending the next months learning.
We are finishing up writing our informational pieces. This piece will be a grade on the next report card going home at the end of January. In LA, we are reviewing Theme 3. However, we don't have a test since students are taking the MAP benchmarks. Theme 4 will start January 14th.We are also working on stories for the Young Author's Contest.
In science, we are continuing to learn about space and rocks/minerals.
Past Due Assignments
Date Due: 09/21/2018
Date Due: 09/28/2018
Date Due: 10/05/2018
Date Due: 10/19/2018
Date Due: 10/26/2018
Date Due: 11/02/2018
Date Due: 11/09/2018
Date Due: 11/16/2018
Date Due: 11/30/2018
Date Due: 12/07/2018
Date Due: 12/14/2018
Date Due: 12/21/2018
Date Due: 01/18/2019
9:00-9:15- Morning Meeting
12:35-1:05- Reading MTSS
1:05-2:05- Science/SS (snacktime)
Students have HW daily.
They should be reading 20 minutes every night and filling in reading log.
Spelling HW is always a packet. Cursive sheet is Thursday's HW. Writing in cursive is not mandatory except for this sheet to get practice. However, I encourage them to try when doing spelling.
Fluency Folder- We do together in class on Monday. Then it is HW Tuesday through Friday. We have fluecny folder for 4 weeks in a row, then 2 weeks off then it repeats. The fluency graph is done in class
Math HW- usually a page in the practice book or a reteach worksheet which explains the skill learned. We don't have math HW if we have a test.
Muliplication Logs - optional but students are rewarded if completed and signed on Friday.
I understand HW can be challenging at times, but it really helps 4th graders learn organizational skills, responsibility, and independence.
IF they miss an assignment , regardless if they leave it at home or don't do, a HW alert will go home. This must be signed and returned with missed HW.
After 3 missed HW's they come up to do at lunch recess and it some cases are assigned a HW buddy to help them pack up if this is why they don't have HW.
They love earning money so there are many opportuniites for extra credit!
We keep track of completed HW on a HW Hero chart. Every week of completed HW is a sticker on the chart. Every 3 stickers , students can to pick a prize or a pass.
I do a classroom economy every year for my classroom management. Students will use real life skills and math skills every day in class. Some important components of this program are:
Jobs- students apply for one and receive monthly salaries.
Rent- Students pay $100 rent on their desk. They can also save up their money and pay off their desk for $300. They will get a deed of their desk to keep. Students use their salary and bonuses to pay rent. Anything left over can be used at our auctions or they can save.
Bonuses- students will receive bonus money for turning in HW all week, good behavior, participating, doing extra credit, and many other ways posted in our room.
Fines- student receive fines for poor behavior, not working quietly, not turning in HW, and other fines are listed in classroom.
Auctions- We have a silent auction monthly where students use their auction paddle to bid on fun prizes. Please send in any donations for our auctions! Used toys, books, or games make great rewards!
Students will be acknowledged at the end of the year for saving the most money.
Friday Folders are a red folder that goes home on Friday. Students have papers in there that need to either get signed or kept at home. Their spelling test will be in there and their Highlights of the Week. Both of these need to be signed.
Folders are due Monday, but can also turn in on Tuesday.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS
We do Scholastic Book Club monthly. We earn free books for our classroom. Please only send in checks or a money order. You can also order online using the code DWNG6.
Our first book order is due Wednesday, 9/26/18