Our first field trip is on October 15. Permission slips have gone home with your students. I am looking for three chaperones who I will pick, randomly, on Monday 10/1 from all those who express interest. Thanks!
This week we will continue working on story elements in Reading. We will also continue with decoding short vowel slides and words. In Math we will start on subtraction and continue working on story problems. On Friday we have Social Studies and Science. Our Special is Gym with Mr. Poindexter.
This week in B-07 we will be working on story elements. Who are the characters? Where is the setting? What happens in the beginning, middle, and end of the story? We may also be retelling some stories by acting them out. We will also be starting our phonics instruction. In Math we will be working on combinations of numbers that make other numbers (ask your child about mean old Mrs. Ostheimer making me eat my peas and carrots). We will also be working on addition word problems. On Friday we will have Social Studies and Science where we will learn about aspects of citizenship and maybe even notice (I hope) that our days are getting shorter and our nights longer and talk about why that is.
Homework (optional) may be accessed through the homework tab at the top of this page. If you would like a printed copy please contact me via class dojo or email.
Have a great week!
This Tuesday, September 4 we have our Open House at 6:30. I hope that all parents and guardians can attend. We will be going over many items including expectations, classroom culture, and....... homework (among other things).
This week we also have a day off on Thursday for primary elections. Make sure that you vote and take your child with you so they can see the democratic process in action!
Did you sign up for class dojo? Instructions went home with your child last week.
Interested in what goes on in the classroom? Check out my twitter feed (@DavidOstheimer) or scroll to the bottom if you are reading this on a phone or click the "Tweets by DavidOstheimer" link to the right if you are on a computer to see "live tweets" from the classroom. I will also be sending out some pictures via class dojo.
I hope to see you at Open House!
A nice first day of First Grade for this year's group. We did some read a louds, wrote about what we did this summer, and did a Paper Chain STEM Challenge among other things. We get to come in and do it again tomorrow with Miss Mejia!
Last week I returned from an amazing adventure to South Africa as an NEA Foundation Global Scholar. After online webinars, a weekend in Washington DC, and work on a lesson plan to be published by the Harvard Graduate School of Education our Fellowship culminated in a 2 week experience in South Africa. When I say experience, there was more than just one experience.
I met and interacted with about 45 other educators from around the United States as well as people connected to the NEA Foundation. Talking with them and sharing experiences and stories has inspired me to seek out further opportunities to increase both my personal and professional growth and to also keep being creative in the classroom as I try to open up our world to our students.
Another experience I had was with the people of South Africa. We met students and teachers, guides, bus drivers, waiters, and I was struck by their friendliness and general optimism. It is a country with a dark past and uncertain future but the people have a certain resilience that is admirable. The spirit of Ubuntu - "humanity" or maybe "I am because we are" or more philosophically "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity" is pervasive in the country and I want to bring that idea to our classroom. This idea of Ubuntu fits in well with the trait of empathy that we try to foster in our school.
I met students from two schools and the hardships that they deal with in both their personal and educational lives don't deter them from seeking out a quality education. It is a country where education is supposedly free but, if you want to be succsesful, you must find a way to go to one of the fee based schools. I met high school students who want to be accountants and elementary students who want to be authors and even a 1st grader who couldn't sit still - I felt at home. Students who were not just from South Africa but Congo, Ghana, Malawi, Zimbabwe and other African countries, brought to South Africa to join in the hope and aspirations that the country represents to other nations. I met dancers and singers and artists who were looking to expand their talents to carve out a place for themselves in the emerging society.
We learned about the days of apartheid, the struggle to overthrow it, and the consequences faced by many who resisted. We learned a little about Nelson Mandela and the others that fought oppression. We also learned about the power of forgiveness.
Of course the adventure everyone wants to know about is the safari. Many of us traveled to Bakubung Game Preserve north of Johannesburg for three days of wildlife viewing. It was a landscape where I could imagine the earliest humans foraging for food and learning to hunt. We saw many animals, springboks, and warthogs, hyena and jackals, baboons and monkeys, zebras and giraffes, wildebeest and water buffalo, hippos, rhinos, elephants, lions defending a meal, and a leopard on the hunt. We saw the full moon eclipsed in the southern sky, heard the roar of lions and the trumpet of an elephant. It was all that and so much more....
Now it's time to process my adventure and bring my experiences back to the classroom.
In the words of Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Let's get started changing our world!