It has been a busy and productive school year so far. And as always, how we use time, advocate, collaborate, and teach matters. There is always more that we can do, and time is always a limitation we face. That's why it is essential that we consider how we use time and where our focus is as we move forward in the school year.
Currently the main areas of focus for my efforts on the team include the following:
Environmental Science Study and Projects
We are approaching our culminating efforts for the environmental portion of our science study. The main focus of this work is students' climate change advocacy projects, projects that help students educate others and make good change in the local environment. There's lots to do to complete these student-led projects that will be showcased at our school climate fair in March.
More Science Study
We also have many more science learning experiences to teach in the days ahead and prior to the state MCAS science test in May.
As always there is a lot of math to teach, explore, and practice. Students are making good progress and we have to stay the course with this. They will take state and systemwide tests in math too.
Other areas that will take a lot of time and focus include the ELA MCAS tests, fifth grade play, fifth grade biography project, and a number of special events. Fortunately we have a February break coming up soon which will give me some added planning time to prepare for these events. Onward.