I believe in positive reinforcement-complimenting a child when he/she participates in and contributes to classroom activities in an appropriate manner. I do this continually throughout the day. Our classroom rules are: to never act in a way that keeps any student from learning or the teacher from teaching, always be respectful, and always be responsible. All of my actions are based on the following principles or guidelines:
I will treat students with dignity and respect at all times.
I will guide students to own and solve their own problems. (This will be done with a “refocus sheet”)
I will expect students to make decisions and then live with the consequences.
I will use logical consequences instead of punishment when possible.
I will treat problem behavior as an opportunity for the student to learn and grow.
Each time a student needs to be reminded to maintain appropriate behavior, as a reminder, they will write their name in the box on the board that corresponds with the classroom rule that has been forgotten. Each additional reminder will result in the student placing a talley mark behind their name. If three reminders are given in one day for ONE rule violation, the student will then complete a behavior refocus sheet that will be sent home for review and signature by the parents/guardians. I send the forms home because I believe that the best way to help students grow in the area of self-discipline is to include the parents in the process of helping their student manage and maintain appropriate classroom behavior. The school's behavior tracking program requires that upon a fourth violation, the behavior being addressed must be recorded in a database maintained by the administration. If a student requires correction a fourth time for the same general behavior, I will record the behavior on the required form and turn it in to the office. This action may or ma not result in parent notification, depending on the severity of the behavior, and at either my discretion, or the discretion of the administration.
Your child will be receiving letter grades in 4th grade. The core subjects that are given letter grades are: Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Idaho History. Spelling is considered a skill and will be integrated into the Language Arts grade. Spelling will not receive a separate letter grade on the midterm or report card.
The following is the grading scale that will be used district wide in 4th grade:
These letter grades will be given in Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Idaho History.
Indicators of 3,2,1, and X will be given in Music, and P.E.
3 = Proficient performance at or above grade level. 2 = Improving performance near grade level. 1 = Minimal performance below grade level. X = Not assessed at this time.
If your child is going to be absent for any period of time during the school day, and you know in advance, please send me a note stating the date(s) that your child will be gone. This way, I will have ample time to prepare work for the day(s) they will be absent. If your child is going to be out for a period of time, you will need to notify the office at least two days in advance so you can fill out a prearranged absence form. I must have your notice two days in advance so that I have time to prepare the work to be completed during the absence. Since we are using a hybrid online teaching model, students will be expected to check the online schedule for the days they are absent. Homework assignments will be published and available for completion online.