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End of Semester Reflections
As Semester 1 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to reflect on all the positive elements of class 5B and what we have been able to accomplish. Along with this, we should always have a growth mindset and continue working to improve always.
Among our areas of great successes, students have shown a fabulous sense of perseverance. While learning new content, students have embraced challenges and have been open-minded risk-takers. Three PYP units of inquiry have been taught, learned, and reviewed with students: Who We Are, How the World Works, and How We Express Ourselves. In these units, social studies content has been covered for grade 5 standards in its entirety. As a whole class community, we have stayed on track with the curriculum for reading, writing, and language usage. A high percentage of students have shown growth in these areas and continue to develop. Remember, growth is the big push this year.
Areas in which we can grow as a class include expanding our vocabulary as we read, write, and speak. Even for native English language speakers, we can certainly integrate more complex vocabulary in our everyday speech. During the next three units of inquiry (How We Organize Ourselves, Where We Are in Place & Time, Sharing the Planet), we will work at a quicker pace through our mathematics curriculum so as not to get behind by the end of year. Science will also be embedded within most of the remaining units. So, when you see many science standards are N/A (not applicable) on the Semester 1 report cards, there is no need to be alarmed. Lastly, I would like to encourage all students to use www.typing.com, Moby Max (also online and as an app), and Epic! (not just graphic novels, but also leveled non-fiction texts) while at home, on vacation, and during any spare time.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me through my personal we chat or email. Otherwise, I am looking forward to our conversation on January 30th at the student-led conferences.