Welcome to Mrs. Gaynor’s Parent Orientation!. Some information about Mrs. Gaynor. Grew up in Lexington, Kentucky Bachelor’s Degree from University of Kentucky Married in 1995 Moved to Louisville in her 20s Master’s Degree in 1995 with a Reading Specialist Certification
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Acquisition- developing a strong base knowledge of a concept
Meaning Making- using your schema to synthesize what you have learned
Transfer- using your knowledge to complete an unfamiliar task that proves concept mastery
When we talk about a classroom, everyone has some expectations for everyone else. This is something I hope we can be open about and be sure to communicate so we can work together to do what is best for your child.
7:30 – 9:00Science Workshop
9:00 – 10:30 Math Workshop
10:30 – 11:15 Related Arts
11:15 – 11:50 Literacy Workshop
11:50 – 12:10Recess
12:22 – 12:42 Lunch
12:42 – 2:20Literacy Workshop
We begin with a teacher directed mini-lesson where writing strategies are taught and modeled to help the children improve their writing skills. The students then write independently trying these skills in their own writing. During this time I conference with individual writers. At the end of the workshop, students form a "share square" to discuss what they learned/tried from the mini-lesson. This gives the students one more opportunity to learn from each other and to solidify their understanding.
These showcases include...1. a personal piece 2. an informational piece 3. a reflective piece4. an on-demand pieceWriter's workshop is a time where students are able to see themselves as real writers. We use great mentor text and refer to these books throughout the year. As we study how good authors write, students learn new skills and strategies to use in their own writing. Students enjoy sharing their thoughts and pieces with the class.
Types of text 4th graders enjoy…
At this time, students will work in small skill groups on improving writing/communication skills. These will include...
1. daily spelling practice 2. daily 10 (students practice the conventions of writing “a.k.a. grammar”) and handwriting3. fluency practice (read to others, reader’s theater)
Science/Social Studies Workshop: Every day we will focus on one of these subjects. Each workshop begins with a mini-lesson where specific content or process skills are taught. This is followed by a hands-on, inquiry based investigation by the students to make the subject matter come alive. Reflection of learning the end of workshop during a share time.
In science, the units investigated will include...
In social studies, the units investigated will include...
Our classroom routines and expectations are practiced each day. Following our rules help keep us safe and productive. Students are expected to be nice, work hard and to actively pursue the motto, "There are no shortcuts!"
1.positive recognition and achievement
2. a sense of pride knowing that we are doing the right thing, even when no one is looking
1. student have extra practice being nice, working hard and not taking shortcuts
2. student signs the "WEBS" binder (W -work hard, B -be nice, there are no
S-hortcuts). If they sign the binder 2 or more times in one week then on Friday they will have even more practice completing authentic tasks that develop these skills
3. natural consequences (for example, if a student does not work hard during writing workshop, they must work hard at another time of the day. If a student talks instead of listening, they leave the group where they will not distract but may still listen)
*I will send notes home or call if a pattern emerges for a student who cannot follow the rules
We will use our agendas for three very specific purposes this year!
First and foremost, it is a open line of communications between, you, me and your student. If you have a quick question, please feel free to write it in the agenda and I will respond back to you or follow up with an email of phone call.
Secondly, the agenda will be a place to record nightly homework.
Third, the agenda is a place for the students to write down any additional homework. Assignments will be given on Monday and due Wednesday, and given on Wednesday and due Friday.
Please encourage your child, as I will at school, to show you the agenda frequently to stay informed about our classroom happenings.
Students can expect to have 40 minutes of homework nightly in their fourth grade year.
This year I am asking students to read for at least 20 minutes and record the title and page numbers in their planners.
It is also a nightly expectation that students will practice math facts to solidify their skills. Our goal is for each student to take 3-5 seconds per problem. Students may work with math flashcards, use interactive apps or computer programs or practice computation programs.
Monday through Thursday, we may have additional content area homework depending upon the unit of study. This homework will be written the your student’s agenda.
The dress code is based upon school safety and establishing a productive learning environment. Parents will be notified if the dress code is not upheld.
1. All pants, shorts and skirts must be worn at the waist with acceptable standard length (below fingertips).
2. All shirts must cover stomachs and backs; sleeveless shirts are acceptable, but no spaghetti straps.
3. All headwear must be removed prior to school starting (includes hats, bandanas, scarves and caps). Theses items may be strored in book bags and backpacks until needed for outdoor weather conditions.
4. No inappropriate messages (pictures, words, symbols) on articles of clothing or backpacks (examples: tobacco, alcohol, hate messages, etc.)
5. Must wear shoes that are safe and appropriate for school environment. Flip flops (unless they have a back strap) and high heeled sandals/shoes are not safe and appropriate due to activity times.
Check your understanding – 40 days /40 weeks /40 years
Check your stamina - Are you hanging in there? Are you pushing yourself? Are you able to persevere even when things get hard?
Explain your thinking- "I like this because..." "I know this is true because..." Don't be satisfied with one or two word answers. My favorite question: “Can you say more about that?”
Go deeper - don't give surface answers. Go beneath the surface and think harder.
Knee to knee, eye to eye - a phrase we use for active conversation when talking to others. We use eye contact and proper body position.
Problem solve - find a solution, it's there.
Sit, act, talk like a learner - What would a learner do in this situation? What would a reader, writer, scientist... do right now?
Take a risk - don't always take the easy, most comfortable way -usually what is best isn't what is easy.
There are no shortcuts- if we want excellence, if we want our best then we don't take shortcuts.
What is your purpose? - What is important about this task, this thought, this job, this movie, etc. This phrase can really get to the heart of the matter and let a lot of other distracting thoughts and/or details fade away.
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