Hello again 3Z!
It’s been a slow start to the new year with Mother Nature interfering, but we are working hard while at school!
We are very pleased to welcome two new students to the class. We hope they enjoy 3Z, and have already been contributing to our positive learning environment.
Homework will start on Monday, January 19th. The reasons for the delay is that I want to reassess spelling skills first. I had hoped to do this sooner, but the weather closures affected my plans. Yesterday, students completed the Primary Spelling Inventory, which will give me the information I need to plan our next steps in spelling.
This month on our Growth Mindset journey, we will be focusing on how to give feedback to each other that supports a Growth Mindset instead of a Fixed Mindset. We have some sentence starters on our bulletin board, and students will fill out and add a post-it note when they use/notice the desired feedback used at school. Some post-its have already been added!
We have also been focusing on the phrase ‘I want to try even though I could fail’, which comes from a Shakira song from the movie ‘Zootopia’. It highlights the perseverance and grit that is so valued in a Growth Mindset.
We have introduced Reading Glasses to use during Reader’s Workshop. We find it helps keep our eyes focused on the book and helps us to build our endurance as readers.
We have also begun some new agmographs. These ones are very similar to the ones that we did for Christmas, but have a winter theme. I can see how students have learned from the difficulties and challenges they encountered the first time around, and now they are applying that learning to try better strategies. Yay!
If you’re walking down our hallway, you’ll see that our class has begun a Walk of Fame for books that we love. This is an idea that was initiated by the students in our class when they noticed awards printed on the ‘Your Fantastic Elastic Brain‘ (which is the first book to make the walk of fame!), and decided that we need to recognize great writing too. We will continue to add to this walk during the duration of the school year.
This week in 3Z:
Monday ~ Snow Day
Tuesday, Day 3 ~ Phys. Ed.
Wednesday ~ Snow Day
Thursday, Day 4 ~ Music & Book Buddies
Friday, Day 5 ~ Phys. Ed.
And here is another upcoming event in the community you may be interested in:
Enjoy the rest of the week and this the winter weather!