Greenwood's new theme is, "Success Starts with Me." My plan is to take it a little further - think... "Success Starts Here" (whether that means in your head, in your heart, in the classroom, at home). I want the students to think about what it means for them! My focus with the students will be for them to be "thoughtful and careful." Being thoughtful is what you're doing. And being careful is how you do something.
Academically, third grade will be focusing on reading. Your child as a second grader has spent a lot of time on strategies, but I want my third graders to get in the practice of picking up a book and reading just for the joy of reading! The more you practice, the better you get. We will be working on our 40 Book Challenge this year. The school's focus will be in math, as well. Students will have a chance to solve a variety of problems, but also discuss their thinking. I want my students to take some risks and challenge themselves.
My goal is for my students to discover the champion within themselves. This video will be shown the first day and revisited throughout the school year - sort of like our classroom anthem! Check out "The Champion" - Carrie Underwood ft. Ludacris https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgknAaKNaMM
In third grade, we will continue to work on cultivating a growth mindset. This means that all students can learn and be anything he or she wants to with hard work and no limits! Here are a few links to check out: (What is a growth mindset? Check out this YouTube video!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElVUqv0v1EE
(Will.i.am and the Sesame Street Crew) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVzjoj96vs&list=PLmQSJICY9X0fEdDOwepUX60JvBiYAqqap&index=16
(Children talking about having a growth mindset) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sixp6QJP9rM&list=PLmQSJICY9X0fEdDOwepUX60JvBiYAqqap&index=18
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