Monday-Thursday we generally follow the schedule below: 8:15-8:30 Morning work, homework, attendance 8:30-9:30 Writing and Language Arts 9:30-10:20 RTI Rotation 10:20-10:40 Recess 10:40-12:00 Math 12:00-12:20 Social Studies 12:20-1:00 Lunch 1:00-1:20 Continue Social Studies or Read Aloud 1:20-2:20 Science Rotation 2:20-2:40 PE 2:40 Dismissal Fridays are more flexible in order to allow for time for special projects, art, Genius Hour, Art Vistas, Clay, Project Cornerstone, Digital Citizenship, etc. Music: Every Thursday 8:20-8:50 PE with Coach Joe: Every Friday 2:00-2:30 Library: Every Tuesday 11:45-12:15
Our classroom rules come from the Whole Brain Teaching method. Whole Brain Teaching is a research based approach to classroom instruction that is designed to promote increased student engagement by incorporating instructional strategies that allow students to use all areas of their brain during class time.
Rule #1: Follow directions quickly Rule #2: Raise your hand for permission to speak Rule #3: Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat Rule #4: Make smart choices Rule #5: Keep your dear teacher happy
Choosing to break classroom rules will have the following consequences:
First time: verbal warning Second time: consequence depends on the situation- missed recess, apology letter, reflection form, etc. Third time: consequence, parent contact Fourth time: varies based on the circumstances (referral, principal visit, behavior contract, etc.)
Once our classroom economy gets going students will also be fined class cash for breaking classroom rules.
Students tests and quizzes are graded district-wide using the following percentages:
4 = 90% - 100% Excels in Standard
3 = 70% - 89% Meets Standard
2 = 60% - 69% Approaching Standard
1 = 0% - 59% Does Not Meet Standard
The numbers 1-4 are also used on report cards. I will be putting the number that the student earned, based on their percentage correct, on the top of each test and quiz.
As the year gets underway, we will be operating under a classroom economy system. Students will apply for the jobs they would like to hold in the classroom like Operator (answers the phone) and Technology Specialist (helps with computers and iPads). They will be paid in class cash for their jobs, in addition to earning bonuses for things like getting 100% on tests, helping classmates, receiving compliments from other teachers, etc. This money can be used during our class auctions to purchase items donated to the class. If you have anything small and/or gently used to donate, the class would really appreciate it. Auctions are scheduled for once a month, but must be earned by the students. Students who don't pay their rent won't be able to participate in the auction. For more info, check out the link.
Students can check their own bank accounts by logging into their accounts on the site below. Username: google username without @unionsd.org Password: google password. All transactions are monitored by the head banker (Me!).