What a great second week! The 7th and 8th graders hiked to Shirley Lake on Wednesday for a picnic and swimming. Students really enjoyed themselves. I feel like all of us got to know each other better, plus any time we can get outside and explore our campus is a great day. Win!
(See pictures below.)
This week in Ms. Grete's class:
8th graders wrapped up their Learning Inventories project and reflected on what this information can do to guide and improve their educational experience (this activity also helps me tailor my teaching to create the optimum learning experience). We explored the concept of multiple intelligences, learning styles, and personality color. Ask your student what they most identify with! Their final posters will be on display for Back to School Night.
7th graders engaged in growth mindset activities and we discussed the importance of making mistakes. We had a great discussion about word associations, emotional attachments placed on specific vocabulary (such as failure, mistake, success, dedication, creativity), and how we can shift our mindset to improve from failure. Additionally, 7th graders explored the nature of science and inquiry with a fun Mystery Tube activity (parents will get the opportunity to engage in this same activity on Back to School Night!).
Both grades were introduced to different challenging math problems and we discussed the importance of creating a safe classroom space where all ideas can be heard.
iReady Testing and Computers
All students should come to school each day with a charged computer. We use these daily in all classes, so it is mandatory they bring it. If you still need to get a computer or lease one from the school, please email me!
On that note, next Wednesday and Thursday is iReady testing, a growth monitoring program we use school wide to measure student growth over the year. Middle school students will need their computers for this test. Please make sure your child is well rested, eats a good breakfast and comes to school on time (they should do this every day anyway).
New Daily Mindfulness Practice
Students will engage in daily mindfulness practice each morning from 8:30-8:35. Please be on time to school, as late comers can disrupt the practice. This is a school wide initiative and research shows mindfulness practice helps students mentally prepare themselves for a great day. Check out Life Ingredients for more information.
My Class Website
I rebooted my website this year (finally!) and I encourage students and parents to make use of it. On the homepage you can find blog posts/updates, classroom information, and tidbits about what students are doing at school! On the resources page, there are several VERY useful links to websites students use daily (planbook, PLS, curriculum text, IXL, etc.). See the Resource page.
Box Tops for the Schools
Please collect box tops from a variety of house hold products and food items. We can get money for them! Thank you Cara Hunt for organizing this. Please see flyer for details.
9/11 Back to School Night: Monday 5:30-7:00pm
Mandatory that one parent is in attendance. Please begin the night in your student's master teacher's room:
9/13-9/14 iReady testing 8:30-10:15 each day (with a snack break)
9/18 Project Discovery Field Trip 8am-5pm. We still need drivers.
Wow! Ok, I think that covers everything. See you all on Monday!
Welcome to my class website. I teach middle school math, science, and art. Here you will find important information, weekly updates, resources, and class photos. I live in North Lake Tahoe and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. My dog Bear joins me on all my adventures and often visits the classroom. Bear is currently training to become a therapy dog!