As we begin our year together, I thought I would give a quick overview of some of my classroom policies. Most are the same as Sra. Tams to simplify the process of sharing students.
1. Homework: I believe that time at home should be spent with family and expanding various interests and talents. For this reason I try to keep homework very minimal. Each month students will have a reading log to track there minutes reading (should be about 100 min. per week) and on the back will be a simple book report page which they will fill out for just one book they read that month. Besides reading, there will be a math sheet sent home about once or twice a week, and that's it!
2. Snacks: Sometimes, some students, can focus better and work when they have a small snack to eat while working. I will allow students to bring a small, individual healthy snack to have during class, however this is certainly not necessary. If students do not use this privilege responsibly it could be taken away.
Approved snacks: small sandwich size bag of popcorn, small bag of almonds, cheese stick, cut carrots or baby carrots, dried fruit, trail mix, granola bar. If you choose to send an apple it would need to be already cut into small bite size pieces. If you choose to send an orange, cutie, tangerine etc., those will need to already be peeled and separated.
Non-approved snacks : Anything with juice or anything that will leave a film on the students fingers or papers. No candy, cookies or sugary treats. No sandwiches, this is a snack not meal time. Nothing that will need a utensil. No bags of chips.
Drinks: The only approved beverage is plain clear water. Students are asked to use a plastic, spill proof water bottle.
3. Birthdays: I do vary from Mrs. Tams in that I do not want to have any birthday treats brought into our classroom. I have found in past classes that it is just more distraction then benefit. I also feel like it makes some students sad when their parents cannot do the same. For your child's birthday please encourage them to bring in their favorite book to share with the class. This is something the kids really enjoy, every child can do, and I feel like it adds to the learning environment in our classroom.
4. Discipline and Motivation: In my classroom I try to employ the Love and Logic philosophy of discipline which means setting clear rules and expectations, and creating meaningful and relevant consequences. This means that discipline might change from situation and child to child.
I also try to encourage positive behavior in the class in lots of ways. Sometimes it is a class challenge or goal, and sometimes it is individual. When I see students working hard I tell them how much I appreciate it. I also love to reward students with a fun activity or lunch time with the teacher :)
Hi! My name is Celinda Johnson, and I am very excited to join the 3rd grade team at Heritage Community Charter! I am thrilled to be your teacher, and I’m looking forward to a year of learning, fun, and adventures! My goal as a teacher is to instill a love of learning and exploration in all my students so they become life-long learners. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. It is so important to keep communication open and I would love to talk to you whenever you feel the need! I look forward to a great year together!