Kindergarten / Meet the Teacher
On the first day of school, I begin by reading Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room We discuss the Next, I share a PowerPoint slideshow with my students. I include —Angie Kelly, Grade 3 teacher, Main Street Elementary, Shelbyville, IL . Meet the new principals; Meet your son/daughter's teachers; Learn about class . We are a “High Performing” middle school; We need a strong / active PTSA. Teacher shortages are often confined to schools with specific Graduate from an approved EPP in Middle Education with at least one Complete a major in the content area or meet minimum coursework requirements.
The images of each student and their writing rotate automatically as I am giving my orientation "speech. Instead, they are reading what my students have written.
I also leave the slideshow opened on all of my computers for the first couple of weeks of school so that students can read what their peers have written. Spin a Classroom Web At the beginning of the year, I focus on the idea of everyone being unique.
On the first day of school, we get in a circle on the reading carpet. I begin by saying that I am going to say something about myself that is unique or something that is special and no one else in the room shares that quality with me I tell them that it is ok if some people have the same ideas, but that we want to try to find ideas that make us different.
I tell them that unique is another word for different. I ask them, what do you think about when you hear the word different? Often, they name things with a negative connotation.
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I tell them that I like the word unique, because it means the same thing, but that negative connotation hasn't ruined the word. I grab a ball of yarn and I tell them one thing I think is unique about me. I will say, "I competed in a tennis tournament this summer and won the whole tournament! That person will say something unique, hold a part of the string and throw the ball to another person.
By the time the ball of yarn has made its way around the circle, everyone will be holding a part and it will look like a web. When we finish, I will ask the kids, "What did we make? I will then ask them to tell me about the web. Through discussion, I will eventually have them discover that, even though we are all unique and special, we are all connected to each other like a web, because we are a class.
The kids end up loving the activity once they see the connection and ask me several times throughout the year if we can do it again to see how they have changed. Throughout the year, I will reference that activity when I feel like they aren't valuing each other's unique qualities. It ends up being a powerful first-day getting-to-know-you activity!
Get to Know Your Readers I teach 3rd grade and before the students come the first day of school, I send a letter to their home with a special bookmark enclosed. I introduce myself and put some of the things I like to do outside of school. One thing, of course is reading! They mark the part they enjoy with their bookmark and we take turns telling about the book and why we like it.
The students LOVE this. We even make a list on chart paper of books we recommend to refer back to throughout the year. I get to know my new students as readers, they get excited about reading first thing, and they find out that their new classmates enjoy the same kinds of books they do! Keep in mind, though, that while some middle school students like to see their parents at school or school events, others may feel embarrassed by their parents' presence.
Follow your child's cues to determine how much interaction works for both of you, and whether your volunteering should stay behind the scenes. Make it clear that you aren't there to spy — you're just trying to help out the school community. Parents can get involved by: Even giving a few hours during the school year can make an impression on your child. Take Attendance Seriously Middle schoolers should take a sick day if they have a fever, are nauseated, vomiting, or have diarrhea.
Otherwise, it's important that they arrive at school on time every day, because having to catch up with class work, projects, tests, and homework can be stressful and interfere with learning.
Middle schoolers may have many reasons for not wanting to go to school — bulliesdifficult assignments, low grades, social problems, or issues with classmates or teachers. Talk with your child — and then perhaps with an administrator or school counselor — to find out more about what's causing any anxiety. Students also may be late for school due to changes in their body clocks.
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During adolescence, the body's circadian rhythm an internal biological clock is reset, telling a teen to fall asleep later at night and wake up later in the morning. Keeping your teen on a consistent daily sleep schedule can help avoid tiredness and tardiness.
For students who have a chronic health issueeducators will work with the families and may limit workloads or assignments so students can stay on track.
If your child has a chronic health issue, a education plan can support learning at school. Talk to school administrators if you are interested in developing a plan for your child. Make Time to Talk About School Staying connected with preteens and teens as they grow more independent can be a challenge for parents, but it's more important than ever.
While activities at school, new interests, and expanding social circles can become more central to the lives of many middle school students, parents and guardians are still their anchors for providing love, guidance, and support. Make efforts to talk with your child every day, so he or she knows that what goes on at school is important to you. When preteens and teens know their parents are interested in their academic lives, they'll take school seriously as well.
Because communication is a two-way street, the way you talk and listen to your child can influence how well he or she listens and responds. It's important to listen carefully, make eye contact, and avoid multitasking while you talk.
Be sure to ask open-ended questions that go beyond "yes" or "no" answers.