Saturday, April 25, 2009

Using Technology to prepare for TAKS

This past week we have spent HOURS reviewing for our math TAKS test. One of the methods we used was to answer questions from a power point on the the response systems. Each student was required to work the problem and then respond. After everyone had entered an answer, the CPS system showed us the top five answer choices by students. This was a wonderful way to review the question and address any misunderstandings and to reinforce those concepts truly mastered.

On Monday we will spend more time reviewing and will play games like Jeopardy and the $100,000 Pyramid using the computers and team buzzers.

Remember our test is Tuesday, so make sure your student receives plenty of rest and eats a good breakfast that morning.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


We have spent HOURS getting ready for our Math TAKS on Tuesday, April 28. I am so proud how hard the students are working. They never complain (well, maybe never) and are so willing to listen and learn new things.

As a parent, you are the key to their success. I know the homework has not been easy and may have caused times of stress and irritation at home (I am a mom and completely understand). Just keep encouraging them and sit with them as they work. It is such a confidence booster to them to know you are supportive and are willing to listen to their frustrations and questions.

It will all be over soon. Your support has been awesome and I know they will be successful. Thanks for all you do!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Random Acts of Kindness

Today, our Bobcat Stars came to visit our classroom. We are so fortunate to have three great young men that volunteer to come to our classroom and teach us character lessons and just hang out to be our example. Thanks guys for coming today to teach us about kindness.

They discussed what random acts of kindness are and that we need to be those making the random acts. After our lesson, students completed a questionnaire about one of their friends. They circled adjectives that described their friend. Students then took turns reading what they wrote about their friends to the class.

We challenge you to write to us about the Random Acts of Kindness you have seen. We hope this becomes contagious and we spread kindness throughout Childress!