• 1.      What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them?

    In our school and in my classroom, we use Common Core State Standards for ELA/Math and also Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It is important to look over the standards especially for previous grade levels that your child has been apart of. It can serve as a guidance for what your child is expected to have prior knowledge about. Check out the links below to read the standards!

    http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/

    http://www.nextgenscience.org/overview-topics

    2.      How will you respond if or when my child struggles in class?

    It is crucial to your child’s education that we work together as a team! Communication between home and school is a great way to address a student’s struggles and strategies on how to fix them.

    3.      Do you focus on strengths or weaknesses?

    BOTH! Every student is different in their own special way! As an educator, it is my job to help and encourage our students to reach their goals.

    4.      How is critical thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?

    In the classroom, it is important that students are able to think for themselves and solve problems in a way they believe is appropriate! Students will be expected to solve problems in multiple ways to ensure they understand that there is always more than one way to come to a solution! This allows students to think outside the box! In addition, students will be working with problems “hands on”. This will create a critical thinking environment using tools to solve problems.

    5.      What kinds of questions do you suggest that I ask my children on a daily basis about your class?

    Asking your child questions about school allows them a chance to reflect on their learning and connect them with real world situations. Some questions that could promote reflective thinking is…

    “What did you solve today?”

    “How did you solve the problem? Could you have solved it in a different way?”

    “What did you like/dislike about the problem?”

    “How can you better yourself tomorrow?”

    6.      What are the best school or district resources that we should consider using as a family to support our child in the classroom?

    It is very important to stay connected with our classroom. The best way to do that is to check Schoology for assignments, homework, grades, etc. As the teacher, I will continue to send resources to help families support their children at home. This could include review packets, review game links, practice problems, tutorial videos, etc. Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you are in need of assistance or have a suggestion!

    7.      Is there technology you'd recommend that can help support my child in self-directed learning?

    http:///www.khanacademy.org/

    http://pbskids.org/designsquad

    https://code.org/

    http://www.mathgames.com/

    https://www.ixl.com/math/

    https://online.rutgers.edu/ba-business-admin/business-and-math-games/

    https://www.mathplayground.com/

    https://www.funbrain.com/

    http://www.coolmath.com/

    8.      How is education changing?

    Education is changing in a great way! Students have the chance to work hands on and collaboratively rather than just listen about a problem/solution from the teacher. Students are discovering solutions on their own and using critical thinking skills instead of simply following a particular procedure. Technology has played a huge role in our student engagement and is also allowing students to relate issues to real-world situations. Students are learning how to apply the skills and concepts they learn in school into their future careers.