I was able to begin teaching my new class at Cecil Floyd on Wednesday, August 24.  I understand how hard it is to say goodbye, but I think my new students handled the transition from their former classrooms to mine very well.  I am so happy to be back in the teaching role again after spending the weekend and the first two days of the week packing and moving my old Emerson classroom and setting up my new classroom at Cecil Floyd.

We spent the first few days learning the new procedures of my classroom and getting to know one another.  The main things my students need to remember is that every day they should SOAR (Show Respect, Observe Safety, Accept Responsibility, and Resolve Conflict).  They can do these things by remembering four simple rules.  1. Follow directions quickly. 2. Raise your hand for permission to speak.  3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat. 4. Make smart choices.  Students' behaviors will be monitored and rewarded weekly.  I have punch cards that students will use to keep track of their behaviors in the long-term.  Each week that a student goes without a mark, they will receive a punch on their reward card and go into a drawing to sit in our Seat of Honor.  As a class we brainstormed potential rewards for when our punch cards are filled.  Reward levels are at 5, 10, 15, and 20+ punches for individuals and the whole class.  I look forward to the chance to reward the students for their exemplary behavior!

We have started our first class read aloud called It's the First Day of School...Forever!  After having two first days this year, I am sure some of the students almost understood the meaning of the title.  We are also beginning an investigation into the meaning of our names, and how we got them.  I look forward to learning the story behind the names in our classroom.  We have reviewed simple multiplication and division as we prep ourselves for the district's new math series, enVision Math.  We are also learning and reviewing states & capitals to begin our year's study of American history.

I cannot wait to spend the rest of the school year with my students at Cecil Floyd.  Check back frequently for updates on what we are
Hello readers!  Many changes have come since May 22.  Our city was changed completely by a natural disaster.  We have been working hard since then to rebuild and come back better than ever.  However, due to many factors, enrollment is down at Emerson Elementary.  Due to these low numbers, I will be moving to Cecil Floyd Elementary to teach a 4/5 split for the 2011-2012 school year.  Newsletters will continue to be posted as frequently as possible.  I look forward to sharing all of the exciting news from room 504!