One of my main goals as a teacher is to teach students to work together in a positive way. I strive to create a positive classroom community where children feel respected. I believe in positive reinforcement and appropriate consequences.
Bucket Fillers: I believe in positive reinforcement and I hope to develop a positive classroom community. To do this I use the Bucket Filler System. This is a behavior philosophy that encourages positive behavior. During the first week of school we will read Have You Filled a Bucket Today? which will introduce the concepts to students. The book explains that a ”bucket filler" is someone who does positive, kind, and helpful things to make others feel good and a "bucket dipper" is someone who does the opposite. Students can also catch each other being bucket fillers and can fill out a Bucket Filler slip explaining how their classmate was a bucket filler. I feel that it is important for the children to know that they can praise each other for good behavior as well. This helps to create a positive and comfortable classroom community. We will have a class bucket that students will all add poms too when they are caught being bucket fillers. We will also put poms in this bucket for positive class behavior in the classroom, specials, cafeteria, hallway, etc. There will be class rewards when the bucket is full.
Class Dojo: I will also be using the Class Dojo classroom management program. It is an online app and website that allows me to monitor student behavior. This program will allow you to access your child’s behavior online with a code specific to your child. (No personal information is ever shared over the internet.) You will receive a code in your child's folder on the first day of school. Also I have access to the codes if you lose it and need another. Each day every student will start fresh with 3 points. They can earn and lose points throughout the day. At the end of the day they will record their points on their individual Dojo Tracker. They will earn coupons for class rewards and privileges for every 50 points. You will also see your child’s daily points recorded on his/her new homework sheets. Students will earn Dojo points if their homework is completed and turned in, and lose points if it is not turned in. Class Dojo works very well with the Bucket Filler system. This program is a wonderful motivator.
The children will be responsible for copying down their homework and making sure it is in their homework folders. They will also be responsible for turning in their homework when it is complete. I will support them with this during the first weeks of school to help them to learn the routine. At the end of the day students will also write down a reflection sentence about their day and record their Dojo points. I have done a great deal of research the last few years on homework in K-2 and have found that the most important thing for students to be doing at home is reading. Reading at home is essential for student success. Students are expected to read each night for at least 20 minutes. I will send comprehension questions home quarterly for parents to ask their child to monitor comprehension. There will be a reading log in your child’s folder for them to write the title of their book. All homework will go home on Mondays and need to be turned in on Fridays. Homework will include activities that involve math, reading comprehension, writing, science, or social studies There will only be 3 homework assignments a week, plus reading. I firmly believe that reading needs to be a priority at home and children need time to be children when they leave school. I don’t want homework to be an overwhelming part of the night for kids or parents. As an incentive for homework, the students will turn in tickets as they complete their homework and we will have a Learning Lotto each Friday. Students who complete their homework and turn in tickets will participate in the Learning Lotto for incentives at school. I introduced this last year and it has had such a positive impact on homework completion. I’ve received so much positive feedback from parents and students; I’m going to try it again. Please check your child's Homework Folder each night and sign off that they completed their homework and read for 20 minutes. On occasion there will be important papers for parents in the Homework Folders; it is always important to check just in case!
This folder will go home weekly on Friday and should be returned on Monday morning. This folder will include all of your child's work from the week. There will be a Weekly Work Habits sheet in your child's Friday Folder. This will be my way of letting you know how your child has been behaving and working throughout the week. It will include your child's Accelerated Reader goals and point progress. It will also include important notices, letters, newsletters, etc. regarding things happening in our class, 2nd grade, or Willow Springs. Please look through, empty, and sign your child's Friday Folder each week!
I love birthdays and I enjoy celebrating here at school! Please feel free to send a special snack in with your child on his/her birthday. All I ask is for a day notice that you will be bringing something in to share. We will celebrate birthdays during recess.
We will have snack every day. I ask that only healthy snacks come to school and nothing that requires a spoon. The children will be allowed to have a water bottle with them throughout the day, but this is the only drink they may have in the classroom, because spills happen.
Volunteers are a very important part of our classroom and are always welcome and appreciated! If you would like to volunteer you must register in the Media Center; it is a very quick process. Once registered you will have your "green star" status and we would love to have you here to help out during classroom events such as day to day classroom help, celebrations, field trips, and other school activities. Please check in at the front office and wear your "green star" badge and a visitor sticker whenever you are volunteering at school!