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Spencer Pointe
Elementary School
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Mrs. McElroy
1st Grade - Spencer Pointe
jmcelroy@nlsd122.org

Classroom Tidbits

I hope that this page can help answer any questions you may have. 

Whole Brain Teaching

Whole Brain Teaching is a research based system that uses all areas of the brain, keeps students engaged, and helps them retain much more information. 

Whole Brain Teaching is a highly interactive form of instruction that delivers information to students in short “chunks.” Kids then teach what they have just learned to their partners, using hand-gestures to help remember specific vocabulary.  

Research shows that children retain more information when they have an opportunity to put it into their own words and use gestures to emphasize key instructional units …plus, it’s amazingly fun! For more information about Whole Brain Teaching please contact me, come by for a classroom visit and/or go to www.WholeBrainTeaching.com. 

Classroom Rules

1. Follow Directions Quickly

2. Raise Your Hand for Permission to Speak

3. Raise Your Hand for Permission to Leave

4. Make Smart Choices

5. Keep Your Dear Teacher Happy

Super Improver Wall

In our class we have a special behavior management plan titled Super Improvers. The goal for each student is to “level up” because of his or her great choices. There are 10 different levels that students will progress through (see below).

Each student will have a special card to fill for each level. Students will have the opportunity to earn a star each day by following the classroom rules. When students complete their card (10 stars), they will graduate to the next level. You will be notified by not only their excitement, but they will earn a certificate as well. 

 If a student has difficulty remembering our classroom rules, they will receive a discrete reminder card giving them a quick visual of what is expected. I will then have a quick discussion with them to help them get back on track. 

Super Improver Levels

Beginner

Learner

Leader

Captain

Specialist

Super Star

Pro

Whiz Kid

M.V.K. (Most Valuable Kid)

Genius

Classroom Dollars

Students also have the opportunity to earn classroom dollars through positive behavior. When students are caught being a positive role model, they may earn a classroom dollar. Dollars can be used to buy rewards from our reward tree. Rewards can be sitting in a fun chair, bringing a stuffed animal from home, eating lunch with more, or more. Different rewards have different values. This helps students to learn the concept of saving. 

Homework 

1.)   Reading Logs - Your child should read nightly.  Reading can consist of picture walks, memorization books, reading to a younger child, or being read to by an adult. Research shows students should a minimum of 100 minutes a week. Students will have a reading log to complete each month. The classroom expectation is for students to color in a symbol for each night they read for at least 15 minutes. Students who read a minimum of 20 nights a week will receive an incentive. 

 

2.)  Math HomeLinks – To reinforce the skills we are learning in our math program. HomeLinks will come home after a lesson is completed.

3.) Poetry Folders – Each week students will learn a poem. Poetry will help teach vocabulary and concepts based on the theme or skills we are learning, as well as help build their fluency as they read. Poems will be added to their Poetry Folder on Tuesday. Please practice current poem and previous poems throughout the week. Students who are fluent with the weekly poem can sign up to participate in Open Mic Friday. 

4.) Miscellaneous - Students may receive extra practice of needed skills from time to time. Also, there may be some fun family projects throughout the year. 

Snack 

In the first grade we have a daily snack time (5 - 10 minutes). Please send in a healthy snack and drink (if snack milk was not purchased at registration time) for your child each day. Students can bring plastic reusable water bottles to drink from during the day. Cookies, chips, candy and soda will not be accepted as a snack. Acceptable snacks include: fruit, veggies, crackers, yogurt, graham crackers, pretzels, fruit snacks, etc.  We do have a strawberry and peanut allergy so please be mindful when packing a snack each day. Please choose snacks that are easy to open since our time is limited. Also, please pack your child's snack separately from their lunch if possible. If there are any questions regarding snack, please feel free to contact me. 

 

Specials 

 

Students will participate in PE activities everyday. PE class takes place every other day while teacher led PE occurs on days when PE class isn't available.Gym shoes are required in order to participate in PE activities. Students will also participate in art and music. These classes rotate every six weeks. We will also visit the library and computer lab on a weekly basis.