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Long Division Website
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Use this website for long division practice!

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Weekly Newsletter 12-8 ~ 12/12
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2014

Dates to Remember
12/9: Candy grams due
12/10: Late Start
12/10: Geography Bee permission slips due
12/15: Listening Tour with Dr. Daniel @ Grove
12/17-12/18: MAP testing
12/18: Holiday Party
12/22-1/2: Winter Break
1/5: Teacher Institute
1/7: Market Day pick-up

Important Information
-Candy Cane Grams: Students may purchase Candy Grams for 25 cents to send to other Grove Gators through 12/9. Please send money in an envelop or bag labeled with your child’s name.

-Holiday Party: Our class holiday party will take place on 12/18 from 2-3pm. 

-Geography Bee: It is time to sign up for the Grove Geography Bee! As a 4th or 5th grader, students may choose to participate in this challenge. Please see the sheet sent home today. If your child would like to participate, please complete the attached permission slip and return it with your child to school by 12/10.

-MAP Testing: We will be taking our winter MAP tests on 12/17 and 12/18. Please ensure that your child has had a healthy breakfast and a restful night’s sleep for these days.

-Social Studies: We are beginning our USA road trip, starting with the Northeast region! Students will be learning the names of the state names and locations, state abbreviations, and state capitols for all ten Northeast states. Students will take this test on 12/16. Please help your child study using the flashcards provided. We will be exploring the culture, geography, and history of the region. As we journey on our road trip, we need to dress the part! When we are traveling, students will put on a hat that is suitable for the weather conditions of that region. For the Northeast, please send a winter hat with your child to school each day, or he/she may keep an extra hat at school in their desk. This little gimmick adds some extra fun to our “travel experience”. Here are some websites for states and capitals practice:
By region: 
Whole country:
http://www.abcya.com/fourth_grade_computers.htm   *Under the section titled, “More” there are several games.

-Math: We are in our division unit and will begin using long division next week! It is my plan to have the students take their Unit 4 test before we go on winter break. I am hoping to schedule the test for 12/18 or 12/19.
Ask Me!
Here is a list of five questions that you can ask your child instead of “How was your day at school?” or “What did you learn today?”
1.) What is the capitol of New Hampshire?  What is its abbreviation?
2.) What are the characteristics of non-fiction texts? 
3.) What are the names of the parts of a division problem? What does division mean?
4.) What are the names of the Earth’s layers?
5.) What are some non-fiction topics that you would like to/are writing about?

Weekly Learning Targets
I can divide to solve word problems.
I can find quotients and remainders with up to 4-digit dividends and 1-digit divisors.
I can identify the main idea of a non-fiction text and its supporting details.
Writing and Language:
I can identify how non-fiction authors use voice, visuals, and text features to enhance their work.
I can use commas correctly in sentences.
I can describe the differences between chemical weathering and physical weathering.
I can identify the layers of the Earth.
I can describe how the Earth’s surface changes.                                                                                                                                   
Social Studies:
I can identify the state names, locations, and capitols of the Northeast.

Tweet All About It
Follow us on Twitter at @misspocicsclass! Here are our recent Tweets (written by students):
We had to put 8 books in ABC order.
Today Clyde was on the D in READ.
He gave us a challenge. It was to line up silently in birthday order.
Clyde came and he hid by the READ sign.
We worked on our science project in science!
Today we read each other’s book recommendations.
We played a math game today!
We played a game in math!
We got to read each other’s writing pieces.
Today we worked on our hurricane and tornado project.
Today we watched a movie in art class!!!
We cleaned out our desks.
Today we saw the movie preview to Toy Story 4!!!!
Today we learned about mood and tone in reading.
Today we had our waterforms test.
Today we studied waterforms for the test.
We learned more about hurricanes today.
We did hurdles in Go Noodle! 
Today we took our landforms test!
Today we unexpectedly reached our classroom Dojo goal! 4,000 points!!!!!
Today we got a gator grin and earned a dojo point!!
Today we learned about synthesizing in reading.
Today we studied our landforms. Do you know all the landforms?

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Teacher Interview
Posted on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Teacher Interview

This piece was written with the intention of informing pre-service teachers about a career in education.

I am sure you have been asked this question at least a dozen times, but what made you decide to become a teacher? They say it is cliché to respond with how much you love kids, or how you want to make a difference in kids’ lives. But isn’t that just the honest truth? Only educators who truly have a passion for teaching can understand, but we truly love kids, down to the core of who we are. It’s more than just a wanting to help them; it’s an innate desire within us that just yearns to teach.

I have answered a variety of questions below in order to provide you with some additional insight on the life of a teacher.

What is a typical day like for you as a teacher?
I get to school every day between 7:30-8:00am, depending on if I have a meeting. I complete last-minute tasks that are needed to be finished before I start teaching, check my email, and set up the front board and SMARTBoard for the day. If I have a meeting, I get to school earlier and complete these things before the meeting. Once a week I have duty in the cafeteria before school, so I supervise the students there before school. Once school begins, the day takes off and there never seems to be a dull moment. My class has P.E. daily and a specials class each day for four days out of the week. When my students are gone, I answer emails, grade students’ work, and/or prepare materials for later that day or the next day. During lunch and recess, I typically work for the first half of the time and then eat with my co-workers during the second half. After school I prepare materials for the next day and finish answering emails. Twice a week I tutor a former student after school, and some days, I have a meeting to attend.

What types of leadership and/or professional development activities do you take on?
I am a CARES case manager, so I assist with problem solving how to help students who are receiving interventions but not making progress. I help their teachers complete paperwork and run the team meetings about these students. Next, I am part of the district’s committee that is writing our new report card using standards-based grading. We are researching standards-based grading systems, designing the new report card and assessment rubrics for the district, and piloting the system. I also work on my school’s literacy committee to plan and implement literacy initiatives for teachers and students. Finally, I am working on my master’s degree in reading from Illinois State University.

Do you have any special needs students in your classroom? If so, how does that impact your teaching?
Each grade level has one or two classrooms that serve as the special education cluster. This is my first year with the cluster. I have students who have Individualized Education Plans that include minutes with the teaching assistant and minutes with the special education teacher. I work closely with the special education teacher to discuss the weekly lesson plans and decide how to make appropriate modifications and accommodations for the students based on these plans. I also work closely with the teaching assistants to help ensure we are on the same page with working with the students. My class is very supportive of our students with special needs and these students blend right in with the group. 

How do you integrate technology into your classroom?
My students enjoy using technology as often as possible in the classroom. My classroom website serves as a “home-base” where l post nightly homework, website links, weekly newsletters, etc. We utilize a variety of websites in all subject areas. Two of the websites we use most often are www.mobymax.com and www.ixl.com. Students complete differentiated, leveled activities during math workshop stations and in reader’s workshop. Students also have weekly homework assignments on these websites. Our classroom blog, developed through www.kidblog.com, serves as a place for students to write about what they are reading and share their writing pieces with one another. I use the website www.classdojo.com as the foundation for our behavior management system. Students each have an avatar that can gain and lose points for behaviors, and the data is stored and visible to teachers and parents. The website www.gonoodle.com is used frequently for daily brain breaks.

What is the evaluation process like for non-tenured teachers?
Teachers can earn tenure after four years of teaching in Unit 5. If you are non-tenured, you receive two formal observations and two informal observations from your principal. The teacher documents the evidence of their teaching practice using a form designed after the Charlotte Danielson model. The teacher meets with the principal after each formal observation. In March, the teacher receives a final rating for their overall performance that school year. 

What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is finding the time to balance the district mandates, planning for instruction, grading, and professional development activities. There are so many factors that contribute to a well-rounded educational system, and it can be difficult to give the right amount of time to each one.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is not only when students make growth, but when they can recognize that growth and describe how they made it happen. I have made it a priority for my students to have ownership of their learning and I have worked hard to develop routines and activities that foster this. 

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