Welcome to the home of Mr. Greenleaf's fifth and sixth grade classroom. I am very excited to be entering my 26th year teaching in the Upper Unit here at the Waitsfield School. I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with our students in this supportive school community.
My goal is to help create an environment where students respect and support one another, and push themselves to reach their potential. Ours is a Responsive Classroom, and I truly believe that the social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. While the academic expectations are high, so is the level of support. In general, my message to the students in my classroom is as follows: 1. This is important. 2. You can do it. 3. I won't give up on you.
Upper Unit Collaboration:
In the Upper Unit, it is our priority to emphasize thematic collaborative work among the three classrooms on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Students will be exploring content themes with their upper unit peers through field trips, project based learning, service learning, guest speakers, and leadership and team building activities.
Seven principles, informed by the work of educational theorists and the experiences of exemplary classroom teachers, guide the Responsive Classroom approach:
7:40 School Starts
7:40-8:00 Morning Meeting
8:00-9:10 Academics/Special Subjects
9:10-9:50 Challenge Support Time
9:50-11:25 Academics/Special Subjects
12:15-12:50 Foreign Language
Reading Group Sessions-Tuesday and Thursday
Science- 3 Sessions per week
U.S. History-3 Sessions per week
Language Arts (writing, spelling, vocabulary, etc.) 5 Sessions per week
Students will typically be assigned homework Monday through Thursday. The amount assigned and the duration of work time will vary, but generally sixth graders will have from30-60 minutes while fifth graders should expect a bit less. At the end of each school day we will spend time filling out assignment books and packing carefully to make sure what is needed at home gets there. Here are a few homework reminders: