Welcome to Back To School Introduction My Philosophy Curriculum Classroom Management Organization Communication Heather Cowan Always wanted to be a teacher!
Graduated from OSU with Elementary Ed. Degree Working towards Masters in Library Science and another in Administration Dual Certification Taught 4th in Perry, OK before SE 3rd year at Southeast Passionate about teaching and learning
Enjoy having fun, playing with students I am strict but fair and that doesnt always mean equal Create a stimulating, comforting, and welcoming Teacher Goals
Support and Nurture Develop Talents Meet Individual Needs Integrate Learning Styles Connect Curriculum to the Real-World Challenge and/or Restructure Stay Connected to Home Student Goals
Develop a Love of Learning Become Independent Be Responsible Be Compassionate Be Resourceful and Flexible Gain Knowledge in Variety of Areas Group Interaction Class Structures: Simultaneous Interaction Individual Accountability
Whole Group Activities Equal Participation Active participation Differentiated Instruction There are all levels of ability in this class. Our third grade classroom includes a cluster of identified gifted students. Identified students attend gifted lab twice weekly with our gifted coordinator, Mrs. Hodge. Our schools philosophy is to meet the varying needs of all students. I have attended and taught differentiated teacher training, and will continue to attend many training sessions on differentiated instruction. In our class, I determine the readiness of students and vary assignments to move students forward from their own point of
readiness. Students need to master foundational concepts before tackling more complex issues. Therefore, sometimes different students will be doing different assignments. Curriculum Where does it come from? National Standards Oklahoma State Standards "Priority Academic Student Skills" (PASS) Jenks' Curricula Continua Includes National Standards and PASS Primary Tools Reading Strategies
Comprehension Toolkit focus lessons Guided Reading Small Group Instruction Variety of texts Everyday Mathematics Write Source Science and Technology for Children World Language- Spanish Harcourt Social Studies US OK History Government
Harcourt Your Health Reading Comprehension THINKING STRATEGIES Toolkit Monitor comprehension*Reading as Thinking (metacognition) Activate & connect *Time for shared Question reading, guided Infer meaning reading, independent Determine importance
reading, and Summarize & synthesize collaborative discussion and sharing * One-on-one conferences (CAF menu) *Variety of genres Language Arts Cursive (Zaner Bloser Text) Word Study/Spelling
Pre-assessment determines needs Words organized by patterns and/or developmental spelling features Weekly spelling dictation and test Addition of other words (misspelled words in context, 500 frequently misspelled words, content words from core subjects) Language Skills Writing
Process of writing Prewriting, drafting, editing/revising, publishing Forms of writing Communicating through writing Journal writing, personal narratives, poetry, story writing, expository writing, compositions, letter writing, persuasive writing, opinion writing Writing Traits
Interesting Word Choice Ideas/Topics Sentence Fluency Organization/ Varied LogicalStructures Order Voice EVERY DAY MATH Content Strands: Numeration Operations & Computation
Data & Chance Geometry Measurement & Reference Frames Patterns, Functions & Algebra Themes Woven Throughout Each Strand: Algorithmic and procedural thinking Estimation skills and number sense Mental arithmetic skills and reflexes Problem solving Every Day Math Problem Solving Critical Thinking Talking about math Skill practice
through routines and games Topics revisited in EM Games http://www.everydaymathonline.co m True to life application opportunities! Pre/Post Unit Tests
Science and Health Science: Students make their own discoveries. Knowledge is actively constructed by the learner. Hands-on experimental environment. Units of study: Sound Plant Growth and Development Rocks and Minerals Health:
Harcourt Your Health Focus Areas: Safety, Healthy Habits, Decision-Making Skills, Interpersonal Skills Social Studies Integrated Units of Study: Global Communities Communities Across the United States Local Community Economics Map and Globe Skills US Government
World Language Emphasis on the Spanish Language Integrated into the curriculum Quality video series to support classroom instruction Develops awareness Appreciation of other cultures Cultural
comparisons similarities and differences Technology Integrated into the daily routine of the classroom through:
Smart Board Delivery of Lessons Keyboarding Research Publishing Presentations Laptops Computer Lab Listening Lab Classroom Management
Tribes Four Agreements Mystery Motivator Touchdown Chart Marble Jar High Expectations Organization Yellow Folder--Homework/Agenda Reading Minutes in Agenda and Yellow Folder Binder Cubbies
Monday Papers How to be in the know! Yellow folder!! Monday papers EMPTY and return every morning Monday newsletter delivered by email and on web site Agenda notes Projects linked on web site E-mail me More Information.
Lets take a look at the packet online http://www.jenksps.org Sign-ups before leaving: Picture taker/Video maker Fall Conferences Reading Minutes Science Set-up Last Minute Items
Various Classroom Activities Thank you! There is no greater joy, nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someones life. Sister Rose McGready A Pat on the Back Please use the hand cut-out on your childs desk to leave them a pat on the back for him/her to see first thing tomorrow
morning. Alsoyou may wish to respond to your childs letter to you. Homeroom Moms
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