This is the "Nixon's News" Blog....I will be pairing it back a bit this year but will post occasionally to highlight some of the great learning taking place in our classroom this year as we jump in a grab a hold of BC's new curriculum. It is an exciting year as teachers across the province in various schools and grades start to better understand this new paradigm of teaching, with a focus on inquiry, collaboration, and the core competencies (critical/creative thinking; personal and social responsibility; and communication).
Here are some things to consider as we get back to school:
1. SHOW UP, BE PREPARED - Students need to show up and be prepared for all of my classes. My list of supplies was described on the letter I sent home, so please make sure you have all the supplies by the end of this week. I have purchased many duotangs and notebooks for the interactive notebooks (English) and will sell these to students for $0.25 each.
2. LETTER HOME - I sent my students home with a letter with my contact information and other important info. Parents, please make sure you read this letter – as well, if you don’t receive an email from me in the next two weeks then send me an email as it means I don’t have your correct address on file.
3. HOMEWORK - I do not usually assign extra homework, so if students are using their time well in class they should get most of their work done. Each evening, I expect students to read a book for 20 minutes, tell their parents about the day (what did you learn?), and finish the classroom assignments, revise work, and ensure the binder is organised. It is difficult for me to enforce this, so I leave it up to parents and the students to take responsibility to ensure this gets done each evening.
4. "IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD" - It also takes a community to educate a child. To ensure students achieve success in school we ALL (the student, the parents, and the teachers) need to work together to support each other. Ultimately, students are responsible for their own achievement, but parents, teachers and the school community can support the students to do their very best.
That's it for now. This is a new year, so a fresh start for my students. I look forward to seeing their wonderful contributions to the classroom learning environment!