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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Developing the Classroom Program

There's so much to learn and so much to do with regard to developing the classroom program. As I meet with family members and hear stories of student success and need, I gain many new ideas for teaching well, ideas that are included in these categories:

Cozy Classroom
Our class community is off to a great start. Now it's time to add a few cozy chairs and a bit more organization so this "home away from home" is inviting to all.

Seating Arrangement
Students have desks that they work at when we have a teacher-directed lesson, and now it's time to re-look at the seating arrangements so that everyone is in a seat for optimal learning.

Homework
Family members have expressed an interest in more homework response so I'll try a new idea this week. Let's see how it goes. A couple also expressed some ideas for our homework list and we'll try something new for that too.

Theme Days
Students' portfolio reflections notes that they really enjoyed the Global Cardboard Challenge. With this in mind, it's probably time to talk about our next theme day.

Math Depth and Skill
It's time to dig into math skill, knowledge, and concept building. As I've noted every minute counts in this regard.

I have a great team of wonderful students, colleagues, and family members. It's in our collaboration that we can do good work. Onward.