Back to School
School is only a week away! I am so excited for the start of the 2017-2018 school year! I can’t believe this is my 16th year at Fox Meadow and my 8th year in fourth grade! This is such a wonderful community and I have made lifelong friends. I love it when students come back to visit and we are able to catch up on all they have been achieving. I am so very proud of each and every one!
Our classroom is almost ready and I am excited for my new students to see it. I think it is fun and welcoming. I have to say, that meeting a new class on the first day can be overwhelming and even scary! Like the students, I feel anxious and worried that everything will go wrong. However, I keep reminding myself that I feel this way every year and it always works out. Walking into the classroom and not knowing anyone is hard. I always feel a little better when my previous students come by and say hello or when I recognize a family name and remember a sibling. It’s amazing how quickly we all become a community!
I read a LOT of books this summer, and can’t wait to share some of my favorites during read aloud time this year. I hope my new students enjoy them as much as I did and that they can share some of their favorites!
I also played around with math a little…Mr. Besancon has shared some great problems we can use in class to strengthen our problem-solving skills. Math used to be my least favorite subject in school, but I have since discovered it’s my favorite! I think I just lacked confidence when I was in 4th grade. I am also really bad at memorization, but I learned that math isn’t really about that at all! I am excited to work with my students to increase their confidence and sharpen my own skills.
I think learning with my students is my favorite part of teaching! Last year we had so much fun exploring new concepts, strategies and learning from each other. My number one goal is for my students to feel safe and brave! Safe to explore their own interests and to let me know when they are in need of something extra. Brave to share their ideas, try new things, and be comfortable saying, “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure.” I will try to do the same. We are all going to grow so much this year! I can’t wait!