Monday, December 25, 2017

Grinchmas Wrap up

Students made ornaments for their reading buddies, drank hot chocolate with all the fixings (caramel, chocolate and whipped cream), watched the Grinch with Mrs. Johnson’s class and enjoyed fresh popped popcorn, played a game of Syran Wrap gift exchange, and even opened a gift from Mrs. W. 

I loved the cheers from the students as they opened their personalized clip boards for classroom work!  

School Sing A Long

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Ornament making party

We had an amazing time today at the ornament making party. Students created gifts for their loved ones, listened to Christmas music, chatted with friends, decorated a cookie and enjoyed stories read by their peers.  A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make this possible by supplying materials, volunteering your time or both.  Westwoods is a great place because of the amazing families that attend school here.  

I am so thankful for all of the support and dedication of parents in our classroom.  Thank you for all that you do everyday for our kids!  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Grinchmas continues

Random acts of kindness continue through “Grinchmas.”

  • Give someone a compliment
  • Hold the door for someone
  • Tell someone in your family you love them just because
  • Make a card for a local nursing home
  • Make food for those brave birds that do not fly south
  • Write a kind note to a classmate 

Where do you learn best?

Students love choice in everything they do, that is for sure.  We are learning about making seating choices that best help us learn and work independently, work in a group, and with a partner.  Students are able to select their seats and their neighbors throughout the day.  Most students make a choice of where to sit and it works for them.  There have been a few recommendations based on output and time on task to help guide students throughout the day.  All students get to choose first, a learning reminder will be given and if there is not a shift in output or task completion, it becomes teacher recommendation for the remainder of that work time.  Students are able to make a choice each time on their seating even after teacher recommendation.  

It is amazing to see these fabulous kids get to know themselves as learners.