The Georgia Standards of Excellence are being taught this next school year and that means more changes. Luckily for fifth grade there are not a ton of adjustments to be made. I have updated four products to include these new … Continue reading
I have learned that students do not seem to understand grades or data unless they are working with it. My first few years of teaching I was so frustrated that the kids were not motivated to improve. Didn’t they see the potential that I did? The answer was NO. They didn’t see their own potential and their grades meant nothing to them. When I first started student data notebooks I realized that kids were amazed at what their grades meant. I would conference with them and we would talk about their grades. I would help them graph their progress and they became more inspired.
Math facts are allowed in some schools and not in others. But I still do math facts. They go to it atleast once a week. If they need more practice they go their more than that. They set the time and begin. Afterwards they have a partner check their paper with an answer key and graph their progress. It takes some training, but my 5th graders get it pretty fast. Third grade took a little longer, but they can do it.
Unit tests are graded by myself and we graph these together in math conferences. We talk about their pre-test scores, where their weakness was, and how we can improve. I let them tell me what I can do to help. I make notes on carbon paper to send home to the parents so they know what we talked about as well. We celebrate the post-test growth also and talk about how we can keep growing!
Have you heard about Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset? A ton of schools are moving to a Growth Mindset initiative. It inspires to kids to celebrate their growth and not be defeated by their scores. I have looked at a … Continue reading
Have you ever read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess? If not, I highly recommend it! It is an inspiring book that I read each summer to get my creative juices flowing and new lesson ideas growing. This year when … Continue reading
Open House is tomorrow and I am nervous! My new school has a 5 hour Open House! I have never been a part of an Open House that lasts so long…5 HOURS!!! It should be interesting. This year my stations … Continue reading
It is time to start school!!! Actually, most of my teaching friends started back to school today (sorry Bartow County friends)!!! My new kiddos don’t come to school until the 7th! A few years ago our principal asked told us … Continue reading
Incase you haven’t made your way over to my family blog (It’s a Ruff Life) and read about all of the NEW stuff in my life, let me update you. My husband started a new job in February. I was … Continue reading
Years ago I had the pleasure of going through some training about different learners and how they learn. I have also had a good bit of training on interactive notebooks. Between the two I have come to LOVE having my … Continue reading
My heart is screaming, “Keep Calm and Make it to Christmas Break” right now. I am writing my December newsletter at school and noticed that there are a MILLION things happening in my classroom in the next 15 days of … Continue reading
Teaching fifth grade this year means I am creating a TON of stuff…it is exhausting! I just finished the second nine weeks worth of Teach 5s last week and you can find them here. If you are not sure what … Continue reading