5th Grade December Newsletter

5th Grade December Newsletter

Via the link you will find your December newsletter.  The general structure is as follows: December events, my weekly calendar view for the month, and a curriculum overview for the content you are currently in.   Please let me know if you have any questions!

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How will you create your educational holodeck?

How will you create your educational holodeck?

The research and theory behind this article is so intriguing to me.  When I ask myself if my classroom was a campfire, watering hole, cave, or life?  I’d like to think it was a little of each depending on the time, but this article still made me think of how I could do more.  What would my room look like, how could I provide an exploratory classroom to meet students’ needs, how could my instructional approach to content be refined to increase student engagement?  These are questions we are always posing to ourselves as we try to prep for our daily lessons and this article encourages that same type of thinking, only on a larger scale.

Sidenote: I really liked what he had to say about the Common Core State Standards.  “In the Common Core Math Standards, I find a lot to like.  The problem I’ve got with the standards-there are only eight-is that illustrations use traditional topics.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but someone who’s just skimming it might think they don’t have to change what they teach.  Technically it’s true.  You don’t have to change what you teach, but you have to change how you teach it.”

How To Be a Teacher for More Than 5 Years

How To Be a Teacher for More Than 5 Years

Whether you have already surpassed 5 years or are new to the profession, this is a powerful article that reminds us all how to keep it real and in perspective.  Something I think all of us need regularly, especially in the year of change we are experiencing right now.  I especially appreciated his words on setting boundaries and managing expectations.  It’s so easy to let it become all consuming, and that’s where finding a balance becomes critical.  The cost is simply to high too not do that for yourself and those around you.