It's my first year in fifth grade (since being a fifth grader in 1997 and student teaching in 2008) and I am in awe of how fifth grade has changed since I was in school. I attended an elementary school that served students in grades 4-6 called Lafayette Mills School. There, I learned how to read, write, calculate, etc. like a fifth grader but mostly through teachers talking and reading and taking notes from books and textbooks. When I was in fifth grade, the fanciest technology was the overhead projector! Now, 15 years later, the fancy technology consists of SMARTboards, iPads, laptops, etc!
I am stoked about the excitement students have shown over the website and I am happy that students are commenting on the blog. Remember to proofread before you post! This is another way for you to practice your writing skills!
After working extremely hard on our Reading Workshop lesson, in which the fifth graders of GBCS are ready to shed their reading life training wheels for two wheeler reading lives, language arts class two (ZC HR) took a Brain Break. What's a brain break and are they allowed in school? Yes, brain breaks are allowed in school. Brain Breaks allow students to get silly and get their blood pumping and flowing to increase student achievement (productivity and work). Often times, they are used after students work really hard and look at the teacher with zombie like expressions.
I enjoyed watching the students dance and get active with the brain break, despite how annoying the song may be! Daunte burned up the dance floor carpet along with Ruth, Isabella, Isaly, Uli, and William to name a few of the dedicated dancers. I was reassured that the chaotic 2 minutes and 17 seconds of dancing was not all in vain. Thankfully, the fifth graders were able to resume their historical writing. I guess it helped to have blood pumping new ideas into their brains! Who knows what song we'll brain break to tomorrow!
As always, it is VERY important to bring your USB to school daily!
Don't forget that tomorrow is Fancy Dress Up Day!
With love, ponies, and lots of glitter,