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Grade 5 & 6 - Daniel Greenleaf
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:
- The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
- How children learn is as important as what they learn: Process and content go hand in hand.
- The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
- To be successful academically and socially, children need a set of social skills: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control.
- Knowing the children we teach-individually, culturally, and developmentally-is as important as knowing the content we teach.
- Knowing the families of the children we teach and working with them as partners is essential to children's education.
- How the adults at school work together is as important as their individual competence: Lasting change begins with the adult community.
7:40 School Starts
7:40-8:00 Morning Meeting
8:00-11:10 Academics/Special Subjects
11:10-11:40 Challenge Support Time
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:
- Students are expected to take the responsibility for getting their
work done, and done well. While it is fine (wonderful, in fact) for a
parent to be involved, they should never feel the need to fight with
their child about doing homework.
- Students must share their assignment book with a parent each day,
(Monday-Thursday). Parents should sign or initial the book to show that
the child has finished the assignment and communicated with the
parent. Even if no homework is assigned (which is rare), students will
still need to get their assignment book initialed by a parent. (In this
case the book will read "No homework".)
- There may be times during the year when a student can not get their
homework done. This could be due to a special family event, an illness,
or another unexpected reason. There may also be an assignment that a
student attempts to complete, but finds too difficult for some reason.
It is always appropriate for a parent or sibling to help, but please
stop if the student reaches an unhealthy level of frustration. Just put
a brief note in your child's assignment book stating that they tried
but need some help at school. This shows that the student took the
responsibility for their work, and communicated their need for help.
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