When is the best time to call for a quick conference?
Call during the school day and leave a message. Plan B: send an email. I am not available to answr the phone or discuss concerns during the school day because I am teaching ! However, I can give best answers via email. If possible I will also return calls at the end of the school days after the students have left. Please note that teachers also get tied up in staff meetings on a regular basis and sometimes on an unannounced basis. Do call and leave a message with your concerns, or write me an email!My best face to face confeence times are on Friday afternoons after school.Back to Top
Will you email the me daily about my child's progress?
As much as I would like to, that is not the best use of your time or my time. Learning and behavior are ongoing journeys of progress. We will have bumps in the road, flat tires, fits, and such. If there is a very pressing problem, I will be in immediate touch with you to let you know about it, and how it is progressing towards a good outcome. I also call homes at different times to have students read to me. Now that your child is in Grade 4, we have to try to create an atmosphere of trust with time, while balancing that with sticking right with the child. Grade 4 children just as their younger peers, stillneed daily hugs from home, so be sure they get their hugs from home as part of the preparing for the school day. Back to Top
Is there homework every night?
Yes, we have homework Monday-Thursday. When there is no homework listed, the expectation and standing order for homework is always to read for at least 30 minutes. Students may also play Math games and practice their multiplication facts.Back to Top
Shouldn't you sign my child's Homework Notebook daily? That way I will know my child wrote what you wanted him or her to write.
Again, we need to be able to trust the student and encourage follow through with being responsible.I also want all students to be able to leave on time and catch the school bus on time. There are times when the student's homework list is the passport to leave on time. I announce this ahead of time, and all students are given ample time to write down homework lists. My goal is to post the homework on this website usually by 6 PM or sooner. Whenever I am absent or there is a substitute teacher for the day, the homework reverts to reading for 30 minutes unless there is a pressing item that the students need to be aware of.To re-answer the question, when in doubt, check the homework page, or bring your child back to school before 3:30 to copy the homework from the board if you need to. It is not always possible to for me to sign your child's notebook daily, so I cannot make a promise on that request at this time.When you read the homework website page, you will know if your child copied the homework list in the right way or not. Keep in mind that there are more details at the homework page on this website just for you to know what's going on.Back to Top
Why do you expect my child to write in cursive? The rest of the world prints, and don't you use computers?
Cursive writing is the Grade 4 standard. The advantage of cursive writing at this stage of learing reinforces the left to right motion, small motor movement, fine motor movement, and eye-hand coordination. This also happens with the appropriate had position in holding the writing instrument. Cursive writing also reinforces the use of capital letters appropriately, for which students are tested with the annual tests. In printing, one can stick a capital letter anywhere. In cursive writing, you have to make a conscious effort to interrupt a word for sticking in a capital letter. Cursive writing also uses a different brain function than printing. Your child needs to work with the teacher's instructions and learn the appropriate grip, moving and practicing from there. That way cursive writing is not such a struggle. In terms of computer use: we do not have always a guaranteed access to computers for writing our works. Meanwhle, we still need to get the work done. I still need the written evidence that the child is learning what is being taught, and beyond. Without the practice and applicaitons of practice, we don't have much evidence of the learning trail. We also need to see the learning on a continued basis, moving that basic knowledge into other avenues of problem solving, something we teachers call knowledge and skills transfer. And we have to be able to read what the child has written as they express their knowledge on paper. Additioally, cursive writing is a school district curriculum item.When the school district discontinues that item, then in the classroom I am free to discontinue requiring cursive handwriting. Back to Top
What about homework when the student is absent?
This teacher does not gather together worksheets because we don't do a lot of worksheets in our classroom. We do hands on work and use researching skills with the OWL skills that we learn to read and notice things strategically.When a parent calls the school during the day with the message to put together some work for the child by the end of the day,please remember the teacher teaches most of the day,and has recess duty. The important thing to remember is to keepin touch with us by looking at the homework page. Parents arefree to add extra related activities to that, because those are called: extra credit projects! -When abent due to illness: get well. -When traveling: enjoy and notice the surroundings and science of the area. Tell us about is when you return to us.-Missed the bus: come to school anyway. It's worth the effort.Back to Top