Hello from Mr. Edmondson
I am pleased to let you know that I will be your child’s 5th grade teacher this fall. As with any new school year, there are bound to be a lot of questions, but for now, please don’t worry about the nuts and bolts. It will all make sense as we go.
A Little About Me
I grew up in Colorado and am a graduate of C.U., Boulder with a B.A. in journalism. When I decided to enter teaching I earned my Master’s degree in curriculum design from the University of Denver. This is my 27th year teaching, and 14th at Heritage. I’m a very outdoorsy person who loves soccer, fly fishing, golfing, hiking, and pickleball. My biggest passion has always been soccer, and I’ve been a club and high school soccer coach for 22 years. This fall I am coaching boys’ soccer at Legend High School.
My wife is also a DCSD teacher who teaches 6th grade at Eagle Ridge. We have twins, Megan and Brendan, who are also C.U. grads and work in the medical field. They were amazing students their entire academic careers and both received academic scholarships. Last, but not least, we are huge dog lovers and proud parents to Buddy (11) and Lucky (8). If your family has a pet(s) it would be great for your son/daughter to bring in pictures for our class bulletin board.
About Fifth Grade
Fifth grade is a big year for change and will be full of many new learning opportunities. One of the biggest points of emphasis is in literacy. As you know, last year the 4th graders spent a lot of time developing their reading comprehension skills, and this year we’ll pick up where they left off in May. This requires a great deal of focus, effort, and commitment from every student since a large part of their learning will come from independent and collaborative reading. The amount of material covered this year will be more than in past years, and expectations will increase as well. But again, don’t worry. It’s baby steps that we’ll work on together. There will be required homework Monday through Thursday in the following areas:
* Reading a minimum of 30 minutes each night
* Math. There will be a practice page from that day’s lesson that needs to be completed and
turned in the following day.
* Vocabulary. Students will be given a list of vocabulary words every Monday. Each day in class,
they will study the spelling and definitions for morning work. Whatever morning work they
don’t get done will need to be completed as homework. Most of it will be done in Google
Classroom. While there is nothing to turn in for vocabulary homework, I will know if they
studied during the week based upon their Friday test score.
All combined, homework should take about 45-60 minutes. If you aren’t already in the habit, it is in your child’s best interest to start having them show you their completed work, not just tell you they did it. Please help your child understand that homework is simply practice of what they are working on in class, and is required, not optional. The more consistently they do it the better their overall learning will be, and the faster they’ll progress. This focus lends itself perfectly to the next big change in 4th grade, the gradual release of adult responsibility and students becoming independent learners.
Becoming Independent Learners
In grades k-3 both parents and teachers take care of most responsibilities for their kids. It’s our natural instinct to want to consistently provide for our kids. However, over time this builds a dependency upon others instead of the independent thought, “I can do this for myself.” Kids started developing this skill last year, and this year it begins to take a much bigger priority. Kids will still, struggle a bit but this is ok, because learning the skill of independence won’t happen overnight. It will take many small steps that we’ll work on together. Becoming an independent learner is paramount to their future academic success, and taking pride and ownership of their work builds a strong desire to learn. I want my students to understand the intrinsic value of their learning, rather than doing something for a tangible reward, or “...because Mr. Edmondson said so...”, or “...so I can get an ‘A’...” It is my hope that by the end of the year, every one of my students will understand that all their hard work and effort is done for themselves, NOT for mom and dad or Mr. Edmondson.
What We’ll Be Learning
This year during literacy we will investigate multiple reading genres while practicing different comprehension strategies. Students will incorporate research skills by way of independent projects, and write multiple paragraph compositions that include a detailed introduction/body/and conclusion. In science we will explore space, chemical reactions, and the web of life. In social studies we will examine American history such as the American Revolution.
If you have any questions throughout the year, do not hesitate to contact me. The quickest way to reach me is through email at email@example.com.