Happy New Year!!!! A new year brings new hopes, ideas, and goals. It is the same with little ones. They can also drive their own education when they self reflect and determine what goals they would like to accomplish. I have always felt that it is important to a student's education to reflect on where they are and what they want their ending result to be. Then once their goals are set they can think of steps they can take to reach them. It seems like a very big idea for a six or seven year old. However, learning self-motivation and self-reflection techniques will take them far in life. The world is theirs and they have the ability to create their own path. Today we read the story, Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae. After we read this story, we talked about growth mindset. Then we made a collaborative poster about things we can't do YET, but would like to do. OH the things they came up with!!! Some ideas were chopping a board, doing a backflip on the trampoline, reading chapter books, writing longer stories, and of course survival of Minecraft. No matter what the goal was, we decided what we could do to accomplish it. Tomorrow we will set some new educational goals for this quarter. I can't wait to see what they come up with!!!! The sky is the limit with these kids. Their expectations are high and I love it!!!!!
Below is the link to the story on youtube:
Students in first grade have been diving into math talks. At the beginning of each of our daily math lessons, we take five to ten minutes to talk through strategies we use to solve problems. The students are posed with a question or representation to solve in some way. Then, they talk with partners about different ways to derive a solution to the problem. Last, we come back as a group to discuss all the different strategies we could use and explain our thinking. I encourage you, as parents, when working with your child on math to ask them HOW they got their answer. Listen as they explain all the different ways they think through a problem. Help them determine meaning with their thoughts and procedures. This can be a step that is missing. If you have questions or need ideas feel free to contact me and I would love to help in any way.
The students in first grade are learning about service and contribution. Giving back to our world and knowing that we can make a difference is an essential aspect of creating a better future. The students winter service project was to create fleece tie blankets for a hospital. Parents were gracious enough to provide materials and the students had a blast creating their blankets to donate.