Video about Web 2.0 (Shift Happens)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Time Flies

Wow! We are already for Spring Break. The week is winding down for all of the classes. Have a restful and enjoyable spring break. When we return we will be preparing for testing. Lots to do in the last quarter of school.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


The SMARTboard was installed at the end of last week. I came in over the weekend to rearrange the classroom and to tidy up after the "construction." The bits and pieces of training I received over the past 5 years is coming in handy and I am attempting to use the board as often as I can in class. I am working hard to incorporate the practical uses for educational advancement that the board offers. Many would prefer to have it available for drawing and posting personal messages, but I have resisted such requests. Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement in raising funds and awareness for technology in our schools. Your work is paying off with all of the materials and training we have. I will have a class devoted to using the SMARTboard on Dec. 1. Your children and I are learning together.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Update for the week

We worked on ALEKS on Tuesday in the Library Computer lab. Everyone is making progress on the program. If you have time it is a good compliment to homework for students to work about 20-30 minutes per week at home. I will plan to have a class session devoted to ALEKS twice per month. We are hopeful that the class SMARTBOARD will be installed soon. There is a packet for homework this week. It is about the relationship of fractions and decimals. There have been some questions in class and we reviewed the decimal equivalent for fractions. 5th graders will be on a trip Thursday. We will be together again on Friday.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Conference Time

I appreciate the time you have taken to come in and conference with me about your child. 5th grade provides a lot of opportunity and time for growth as we embark on the journey toward middle school. As mentioned in conferences and probably by your child we are using ALEKS. This is an on-line program that uses assessments to analyze student understanding of concepts. Students may spend time working on problems and use the explain feature if they are uncertain about any particular item. I can access an online data resource that provides me with the improvements made over time as the student uses ALEKS. The homework for the week of Nov. 3rd was minimal to allow for children to use ALEKS. This week Nov. 10 there will be a homework packet to reinforce the work on fractions and decimals. We are over half way complete with the unit and hope to finish by the end of the week. Thanks for your continued support.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Wisdom Project

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A former parent sent this to me. I think it is a thought provoking video.

Other Happenings

The first quarter has been very exciting! The groups are doing a lot. 4th grade math is moving into decimals. We are looking at what decimals really are and how to identify decimals and the use of decimals. In Integrated Studies the 3rd and 4th graders are doing the culminating events for the novel All the Way Home by Patricia Reilly Giff. We hope to have a picnic to commemorate the Mrs. Warniki picnic in the book. Each student will select their own projects to complete in the next few weeks.
The second graders have finished the book Bunnicula and we are making podcasts to demonstrate fluency in reading and creativity in the production.

Wow How Time flies!

Happy Halloween! The first quarter is over and we are into the second quarter of the year. In 5th grade math we are doing fraction. The use of multiplication facts is important for use of fraction renaming and common denominators. In Integrated Studies we are continuing to read Clader Game. We made a mobile for the Gala. The mobile is an extension of the novel. We are all looking forward to reading some more of the story and finishing the book.
We are video conferencing with the 5th grade math class at Tremont. Mrs. Ostrowski (the Gifted Intervention Specialist) and I have shared problem solving puzzles. The students have helped each other solve the problems. We are having fun with our video buddies!