Last week we challenged ourselves by brainstorming things we could build, choosing one, and choosing a manipulative that would work well for our challenge. The kiddos did an awesome job! These challenges help the kids work on collaborative skills, team building, problem solving and STEAM skills. Enjoy!
Your students worked on collaboration today while practicing our Timber Ridge To-Do's (be respectful, be responsble, be safe) and their STEAM skills. They did a wonderful job listening to eachother and combining ideas to come up with great products. The domino tower was quite high, but fell over just as I was taking the picture.
I want to thank all of you for all of the helpful information you have shared with me about your students and for your support in all that you do as parents. I feel like I have bombarded you with several e-mails and we haven't even had a full week of school yet, so thank you for your patience with this and your quick responses as well. We are having a great beginning of the year. We are enjoying each other's company, learning more about each other, discussing expectations (and practicing them too!), building friendships, and learning how to exist peacefully and happily together in our space.
In the past, the most reliable and effective forms of communication have been e-mails and conferences. I still think these are the best means of communication if there is a need to discuss your student specifically. However, I would like to build a community among our classroom families, not just within our classroom. So, I am stepping outside of my comfort zone a bit and trying something new. I will try to create at least one blog entry a week and I welcome your comments so we can have productive discussions. I will also pose discussion questions and occassionally post surveys for you and/or your student to fill out. The surveys will be anonymous, but results will be posted in a discussion so we can get to know each other better, problem solve, and find ways to improve the classroom and student learning.
We are all in this together and I hope that you will be comfortable trying this new format of building a family like community with me.
P.S. If you are tech savy or have other ideas that would benefit our community building, please post a comment or e-mail me. Thanks :)