It was so nice to meet you, and see many of you again, on Wednesday evening. Thank you to all who were able to come and hear about your child’s curriculum. If you were unable to make it, here are the highlights:
-On the right side of our blog you will find many important links such as:
-Be sure to check them out if you would like to know more detail. If you scroll down the page, on the right side, there is a place to put in your email address; this will allow you to get an alert every time we post something new. We plan to alternate posts between subjects to keep you informed all year long. Along with this, WES also has a new blog, and you can find a link to it on the main “WES Newsletter” page.
-We also spoke about planbooks. Each child has one and will be responsible for writing in their assignments each night. Please remind your child to look at their planbook each night. The planbook also has some great resources in the back that may come in useful during assignments.
-Additionally, we spoke of the importance of collaborating with you and want you to know we all welcome questions, concerns, and strongly believe in an open door policy. Working together, and strong communication, is important to the success of your child. You will find a “Parents as Partners” handout, if you haven’t already, in your child’s binder. We ask that you please fill it out and send it back to your child’s homeroom teacher. It helps us know your child a little better and helps us work towards a collaborative goal to begin the year.
Lastly, an update about math. Both the fifth and sixth grade classes began the year with a Week of Inspirational Math; the purpose of this week was to promote a growth mindset and to build excitement around the fact everyone can be successful and everyone can learn. People used to think our intelligence was fixed, meaning we were either smart or we weren’t, but scientists have proven again and again this is simply not true. Our brain acts like a muscle -- the more we use it, the stronger [and smarter] our brain becomes.
We begin this process by first changing [and believing] what we say; for example, instead of saying, “I can’t do this,” we try saying, “I can’t do it...yet!”
Each day, we embarked on a different challenge. Whether our focus was visualizing numbers using dot cards, graphing data without numbers, or figuring out how a pattern extends, everyone was able to engage in mathematical thinking and collaborate to find efficient strategies.
Additionally, we worked on building our math community and norms by focusing on the following four key messages:
- Brains grow and change
- Mistakes are powerful
- Believe in yourself
- Speed is not important
Ask your child to tell you more about these and how they relate to our math class.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to collaborating with you this year.
|Trying to figure out how to use only 4 fours, and any mathematical operation, to make each of the numbers 1-20.|
Figuring out how many toothpicks it will take to make any size square.
What about 15X15?