Saturday, August 27, 2016

First Week Happenings

It's been a very busy week!  The students are off to a great start learning about each other, classroom rules, procedures and routines.  It's going to be a great year of learning!!!  Look how hard they are already working!


Working in groups to see how many smaller words can be made from: THIRD GRADE  


          Practicing playing a new math game called, "Guess My Number"  Ask your child to teach you!!!!

REMINDER: Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 1st
                         Session 1: 6:00
                         Session 2: 6:30

Friday, August 26, 2016

Flexible Seating

This year I've decided to try something new... called flexible seating.  WHAT IS THAT?  Flexible seating is a choice provided to students that allows them to work around the room comfortably and focused. It provides students the environment they need to be their best. These seating arrangements can look wildly different then a classroom full of desks or tables, and the depth of implementation can too! Every year we have students who do their best when they can get their wiggles out, students who do their best standing, kneeling, or in a number of positions that only little bodies find comfy.  Students do their best when they are comfortable.  The more choices students have the more they will feel invested and responsible for their learning. When I give my students choices I see greater engagement, more excitement, and a higher desire to learn. Their effort increases and there is a certain amount of pride that comes out in their work.  
Some of the seating options in our classroom include:  

  • Standing, kneeling, laying, sitting around the room
  • carpet squares
  • floor desks
  • dry erase tables
  • clipboards
  • yoga mats, pillows, beach mats, pillow chairs, stools and wobble stools

Below is our class rules and expectations for flexible seating.

Flexible seating anchor chart!:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Welcome to Third Grade

 Hello Third Graders!

Welcome to our classroom where everyday is an adventure!  I look forward to our year together, making new friends and working hard!  Remember, WE CAN DO HARD THINGS!  

Below, I am attaching an Amazon Wish List.  On this list are third grade books and indoor recess games.  Since we have the "no sweet treat" policy in place, please take a look at this amazing list and consider donating to our classroom for your birthday or just because!

 Amazon Wish List

Let's make it a GREAT year together!

Mrs. Terbeek