• My expectations for my students:

     

    • Approach this year with a clean slate.  I can't change your past and it's not worth dwelling over.  Move forward... make changes...start fresh!
    • Come to school ready to learn with a growth mindset.
    • Be willing to make mistakes and learn from them.
    • Treat yourself and everyone in this room with kindness.
    • Reach outside your comfort-zone and try new things.
    • Push yourself to want to do your best in everything, but do it with "ish" in mind.  What does it mean to be perfect anyway?
    • Be a thinker and participate in learning.  This is not a spectator sport.  Learning is active!
    • Don't compare yourself to others... everyone is on their own journey and path.  Respect that.
    • Be creative and enjoy the process.
    • Read every day.  Not fake reading, not lying about it.  You're only hurting yourself.  You can't grow, unless you read.  Knowledge is power!
    • Write every day.  You can't get better at it without practice.  Everyone has something to say!  Find your voice!
    • You must know your times tables.  Period.
    • You must keep yourself organized and complete your homework and classwork.  I only assign projects and work that will help you grow.  I'm not interested in "busy work" that is mindless.
    • Your parents already went through fifth grade.  They are not to do your homework.  You are.  Just do it.  I'm preparing you for what lies ahead and I don't assign boring things.  They can guide and help you, but if you don't understand it, bring it back to school and talk to us.  Not trying isn't an option. 
    • Communicate with me.  I am not a mind-reader, but I'm very perceptive.  I've been teaching for 23 years... I know kids!  I am here to coach, teach, guide, counsel, laugh, cry, make mistakes, celebrate successes with you!  You only have 1 fifth grade year.  Make it memorable!
    • Question everything you read and learn.  It helps you grow.
    • You must be neat with your work and writing.  You WILL redo it.  Take pride in what you create.  If you struggle with handwriting, be open to practicing it.  You'll thank me in the future.
    • Ask for help from me or other adults when you need it.  I'm here to guide you in everything.  You don't have to work through problems all on your own... especially if you are unable to.  We are here to teach you how to handle conflict.
    • Speak up for yourself.  You can tell others to kindly stop doing a behavior that annoys you or interferes with your learning.  I can't be everywhere at all times (although I try to).  We are a team helping each other to grow as better human beings.  It takes a village.
    • Communicate with your parents.  Tell them what you are doing in school.  I'm not going home with you- we're a family here in Room 156, but you all go home to your family you'll be with in life.  Talk with each other in the evening or morning about what you are doing.  When asked, "What did you do today?" you may not answer, "Nothing."  That isn't true!  I don't spend my evenings planning for "nothing"!  Talk about the books we are reading and the content we are learning.  Talk about your friends.  Talk about what you are proud of having done every day. 

     

    Things that shouldn't need to be said, but sometimes still have to be...

    • Keep your hands to yourself.
    • You may not interrupt others' learning.  You will be asked to move or leave the room until you can pull yourself together with respect for yourself and others.
    • Negative talk is not allowed.  If you don't have something positive to say, keep it to yourself.  It doesn't help yourself or others.
    • You may not gossip about others.  It's hurtful and wastes time and energy.  If you can't speak kindly, keep the negative thoughts to yourself.
    • I will not tolerate mean-spirited talk towards others.  Why would you want to hurt others' feelings?  How does that help you in life?
    • You may not interrupt whole group discussions.  Find a way to sit calmly and listen.  I will not tolerate the interruption of others' learning.
    • Walk where you need to go. Do not run.  Do not touch things that are hanging.  You are the oldest in the school.  Act like it.  Everyone is watching... you just may not realize it.  We expect you to be role models.
Last Modified on September 5, 2018