After graduating from college in New York State I immediately received a job offer for special education just outside of Charleston SC. I taught in the Charleston area for 6 years. Wanting to start a new challenge with my husband we decided to join the TMCS team. I am excited and honored to be part of a community of students and teachers who share a common vision. I know that this is going to be a great year and I can’t wait to get started!
We follow the common core 3rd grade standards for math and ELA. We use the state standards for science and social studies.
Homework is collected daily, and is accounted for 5 points, based on effort and errors. Math homework is usually assigned daily with the exception of the weekends. Students are given 5 words weekly containing a common prefix or suffix. They are tested on both the vocabulary and spelling of these words on Fridays. Students can use our spellingcity.com account to study these words throughout the week.
I use positive reinforcement! Students receive Wallace bucks for positive acts of behavior. They can then use these Wallace bucks to buy things at the class store which is open on Fridays. We also do high five Fridays. This is where several children are acknowledged in front of their peers for displaying appropriate behavior. All members of the class high five them and then their handprint joins the high five wall with their name on it. Students also create weekly character goals which are self-evaluated on high five Fridays.
Our first expedition will be based around the Cherokee tribe. We will emerge ourselves in the culture, values, and traditions of the Cherokee. We will even take a field trip to the Cherokee nation.