Grade One: Fables
Grade Two: Fairy Tales
We successfully completed our first full week of school. The class is doing well learning the routines and procedures that will help us throughout the year. I have started assessing students' reading skills. We've had a few parent helpers in this week to monitor students working at stations while I did individual reading assessments. We will continue to do assessments next week as well. These early assessments give me a benchmark to help monitor each child's learning needs and progress throughout the year.
On Friday, students presented their "me bags" to help us learn more about each other. It was a good way to get to know our classmates and practice speaking in front of a group. One student brought his favorite book, The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak. The children were quite entertained by my cold read of this book. They loved it so much that they shouted "again!" at the end. Ask your child how a book with no pictures can be so much fun. You might enjoy watching the clip below of the author reading the book to some students. Our class reaction was similar to this group of students.
I introduced the classroom scoreboard that allows students to earn activities of their choice when the class is on task and following the rules. We made bar graphs about our class birthdays and letters in our names.
We have a great bunch of kids in our class and I'm looking forward to all the exciting things we will discover together this year.
The Book with No Pictures
Today we read the book Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. In the beginning of the story Lilly loved school and her teacher, but one day she doesn't follow the rules and her teacher has to take away her personal items until the end of the day. Lilly is upset with her teacher and draws a picture that she later regrets. At the end Lilly apologizes and her teacher forgives her. Students wrote and drew about their favorite part of the story. Ask your child what part was his or her favorite.
The best part of my day was seeing the students get to work with enthusiasm and hearing one student say how much he missed school during the summer. Here is what the students had to say about our day.
The best part of my day was...
Hello, I’m Renee De Villez and I’m excited to begin the 2015-2016 School Year. I will be teaching a combination first and second grade at Nordstrom this year. Here’s a little background about me. I have been teaching at Nordstrom since 2002. During my teaching career I have taught both first grade and second grade as well as a combination first and second in two previous school years. I am originally from Southern California and my extended family lives in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Prior to starting my teaching career, I was a human resources manager for a manufacturing company in Southern California. I am married and have two adult children.
My students bring me great joy. I endeavor to provide a nurturing and challenging school experience for my students. I maintain an orderly classroom in which children learn by doing and are encouraged to improve and grow daily. Every child is different and I strive to align my instruction to help each child gain the skills necessary for school success. It is my intent to provide students with meaningful work and opportunities to discover and learn through research, collaboration, and hands-on investigations.
In the classroom we will work to to develop a caring community where students show respect by treating others as they want to be treated. In addition, we will learn to solve problems and make good decisions. My behavior management program focuses on positive outcomes by recognizing students often for appropriate behaviors and excellent effort.
I love what I do and I believe I am making a difference. I put the students first in all things. I want only the best for them so I give them my best.
Hello, I am Renee De Villez. This page is about the activities going on in my classroom. My audience consists of the parents of the students in my class. Other parents and teachers are welcome to read it as well.