Students can bring in a water bottle to keep on their desk if they'd like.
Homework: Students have spelling lists to study nightly, they should be reading for 20 mins. per night, and they have math fluency pages in the back of their homework folders. Practice the math facts on the sleeve with dry erase marker. In addition to this, they will receive additional homework a couple of times per week. Homework gets turned in for Dojo points and is discussed the next day in class.
Communication folders will go home on Wednesdays. Please empty the folders and send them back the next day.
Jeans Day is the first Friday of the month for 50 cents.
I use Class Dojo as individual behavior communication. Students earn Dojo Dollars at the end of every month to cash in to buy rewards. The better their behavior (and attendance- as they have to be at school to earn points), the more money they have. However, I am a firm believer that acceptable behavior has to be taught through communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, healthy student-teacher relationships, and a respectful classroom climate. Therefore, I often avoid negative points and instead follow up with one-on-one discussion, strategies, and reflections on how to improve their behavior and try to award an "improved behavior" point afterwards if that specific behavior improves.
I also award Super Improver stars for students that show improvement in anything noticeable. They can work their way up and be a gold Living Legend and have a spot on my wall forever. I like to reward improvements because in my class we try to keep a Growth Mindset and always strive to be a better "me" than the day before.
Paws can be earned by getting 20 positive Class Dojo points in the month and by moving up a level on the Super Improver Board and by meeting the required monthly reading requirement from Mrs. Palmer's monthly reading challenge.