About Me: I am an enthusiastic educator with a love for theatrical drama! My goal is for kids to feel confident enough in themselves to write poems and recite them aloud, participate in writing scripts for reader's theatre, analyze their reasoning and respectfully debate with the class, and whatever else may be a big step for each student!
Elijah Owen joined us this summer!
My Learning Theory
In our classroom, we are a community. We do everything together, and it is important that we see ourselves as a team. Learning is easily done when we can be comfortable in our surroundings without fear of judgement.
500 Book Challenge
In 5th grade, we do not work towards AR goals. The idea is for students to develop a love for reading books that they discover themselves. They should be able to use strategies to determine if a book is a good fit for them instead of being tied to a lexile number/reading level. We want them to read for passion instead of points. Therefore, we would like for each student to set a personal goal of reading 40 books this school year. By doing this, we hope to reach a class goal of 500 books by the end of the year. We will keep count of books read by conducting "book talks."
Greek/Latin Roots List
Being a community, it is expected that we respect ourselves and others. We are to lift each other up, motivate, and have high expectations for each other. We must work together to have materials prepared for class and during group activities because by doing so, we are valuing Mrs. Owen's time, your personal time, and your classmates' time. The biggest rule of Mrs. Owen's class is "With freedom comes responsibility." The more you show me you are able to handle, the more freedom I will provide to you.
With freedom comes responsibility.
It is proven that students cannot become better readers unless they spend more time reading. Therefore, the only expected homework each night is to read for at least 20 mins. There will not be reading logs or signatures required; there is simply a trust/expectation that students will value their education enough to spend time making themselves better readers.
*In the event that a student doesn't finish classwork or meet a deadline, this work will become homework.*