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Tuesday, May 12

  1. msg My reflection message posted My reflection Sounds like you had a great year. I love Class Dojo most of the time, but find it is hard to keep …
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    Sounds like you had a great year. I love Class Dojo most of the time, but find it is hard to keep up with awarding points throughout the day. I have seen it work really well, though, especially for challenging behaviors. Good luck on improving your centers next year; this is one of my goals next year as well!
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Wednesday, May 6

  1. msg Reflection message posted Reflection Kelly Alcaro 2nd Grade Good Shepherd School What I’ve Learned One thing I have learned this…
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    Kelly Alcaro
    2nd Grade
    Good Shepherd School

    What I’ve Learned

    One thing I have learned this year is that parents are never satisfied. More specifically, you can’t please all the parents at the same time. They were excited by my unconventional homework plan at first, then I began to receive complaints that there wasn’t enough homework or it wasn’t specific enough. After enough complaints, I altered my homework to a more traditional model and now I get complaints that there is too much or it’s stressful to the students to have to complete it nightly (my former plan was weekly). Going forward, I think I’ll have a hybrid model as there are benefits to both styles.

    Another lesson I’ll take away this year is to remember how important flexibility is in our profession. My students this year took a really long time to bloom. They are a generally young class and developmentally they just weren’t ready for some of the expectations I had for them at the beginning of the year. I really struggled with this (still do to some extent) as we weren’t matching the pace I had set in my mind. But, once I took a step back and changed my expectations to meet my students’ needs, the year rolled more smoothly. Also, there are so many extra things that come up during the year - assemblies, holidays, prayer services, etc. - that alter your standard weekly plan, and many often come up unannounced (or with little notice). Being flexible enough to go with the flow of things is key to keeping your students in control and on track.



    Changes

    As mentioned above, I think I’ll change my homework model from the weekly one I preferred to a hybrid weekly/daily. Also, I’d like to use a Writer’s Workshop model to teach Grammar and Writing. I think my students did not grow enough as writers this year and much of that was due, I think, to not practicing writing skills on a daily basis. I had done more writing instruction last year and watched my students’ writing blossom through the year but I put more time this year into reading skills and overall writing has only improved marginally.

    Highlights

    The highlight of my year was First Holy Communion. After watching my students work so hard to learn all the prayers and responses said at mass, and to understand the mystery of transubstantiation, it was a pleasure to watch them receive this most holy sacrament. They were so nervous in the weeks leading up to it (and even the morning of), but they were positively beaming after mass. It reminded me what’s really important in the grand scheme of all I do with and for them everyday.

    A success I had happened fairly recently. It has taken all year but I finally found a system of accountability that is working to motivate one of my more challenging students. I have had multiple conferences with this student and with his parents throughout the year regarding his lack of focus. We have tried so many tricks and incentives and consequences to help him get his work done in class and at home. I even brought in a tent and set it up in my classroom so he could have a private space to work! Nothing we tried lasted longer than a few days. Two weeks ago I finally came up with is two-pronged: first, he receives a sticker for every assignment he completes in the initial time I allot for that assignment and when his sticker chart is filled he gets to pick from my prize box. This has been more successful than I would have guessed and he regularly checks with me to see if I’ve given him a sticker. The second part is a chart I complete each day and send home to mom & dad. It tracks each assignment given in class and I note if he completes it in time or if he took extra time (or didn’t complete at all, in which case it goes home to be finished there). Mom has been very appreciative of this and I think it helps her discuss behaviors with her son. It is a bit of extra work for me, but it is having a great impact on this student, so it is definitely worth it!
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  2. msg Integrating Faith message posted Integrating Faith This is a fantastic lesson. The messages we often get about our school seem the same from one stude…
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    This is a fantastic lesson. The messages we often get about our school seem the same from one student to another.
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  3. msg Integrating Catholicism into The Kite Runner message posted Integrating Catholicism into The Kite Runner The Kite Runner is one of my favorite books. I'm happy to see you are teaching your students about …
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    The Kite Runner is one of my favorite books. I'm happy to see you are teaching your students about Islam because many people have a misconception about it. Although many people have misconceptions about the Catholic religion too.
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  4. msg Integrating Faith through Language Arts message posted Integrating Faith through Language Arts Some of my students struggled with personification this year so I may use this this idea with my st…
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    Some of my students struggled with personification this year so I may use this this idea with my students, but use a different story. They know so much about Jesus, but often find it hard to compare themselves to him.
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  5. msg Multiplication Differentiation message posted Multiplication Differentiation I like that this lends itself to various learning styles as well. It is interesting to see that ev…
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    I like that this lends itself to various learning styles as well. It is interesting to see that even younger students know what they like to work with and what helps them. Although they do need to be exposed to other ways of learning so it's good you will make sure they are changing stations.
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  6. msg Differentiated Reading Groups message posted Differentiated Reading Groups I agree that differentiation is to be used often. We use it in the many aspects of life without ev…
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    I agree that differentiation is to be used often. We use it in the many aspects of life without even realizing it.
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