4th Grade Class
Welcome to the Home page for my classroom!
I will use the Home page to share updates and events. I will post weekly challenges for students on the Investigations page, and there are also pages with information about schedules, documents, and useful links. If you need to get in touch with me, there is a Contact Me page as well!
Friday, November 3, 2017
Sandia National Labs Science Night
Maggie Cordova is proud to host Sandia National Laboratories and Explora for their annual science night! It will take place on Tuesday, November 14, from 6:00 - 7:30. This is always a wonderful event for students, families, and even us teachers. Check out the document below for more information.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Spirit / Costume Week
Next week the students may dress in costumes when the come to school. There is a theme for every day, and participation is totally optional. Please see the message below from our Assistant Principal, Stephanie Nieto:
"Dress up days for next week. We hope that all students will participate. Please see below:
Monday- Sports Attire Day (Wear your favorite jersey or team shirt- baseball, basketball or football)
Tuesday- Wacky Hair Day (Anything silly goes)
Wednesday- Grade Level Color Wars ( What class has the most spirit?? Wear your grade level color!!!)
1st grade- Black
2nd grade- Green
3rd grade- Yellow
4th grade- Dark Blue
5th grade- White
Thursday- Dress like a twin with a friend (Dress like your best friend or teacher)
Friday- Dress like your favorite storybook character- Must be from a story, nothing scary, nothing covering your face (masks & face paint), and no toy weapons."
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Parent Teacher Conferences
The conferences for the Fall Semester are coming up very quickly! We will begin having conferences on 10/23 and the last ones can be scheduled as late as 10/31. I sent a sign-up form home with the students this week. Thank you to those of you who have already returned it. Once I receive the returned form, I'll pencil you in for one of your preferred times if possible. I'll be sending a confirmation slip home early next week. If you need to change your time, please contact me as soon as possible.
Normally, we have our Trimester 1 report cards to share with you, but this year they won't be printed by the time we have the conferences. Instead, we will go over some scores from beginning-of-year assessments like the NWEA. Additionally, the students will be working next week to select some of their work that they are proud of and want to share with you. I hope this gives you an opportunity to see how your child is doing compared to their peers, and also to see how they are feeling about their work this year. See you soon!
Thursday, October 5, 2017
I would like to take an opportunity to send out a very special thank you. For Fall Carnival this year, one of the parents from our classroom, Tania Shetter, organized donations to fill a basket to auction off at the event. These baskets were incredible and we ended up making almost $600 for our classroom! This will help us tremendously with our class's school-wide leadership initiatives.
I'm going to share a picture of our class to show our thanks, because we are truly grateful for the support from Mrs. Shetter and the community who donated to our basket. You all make amazing learning possible!
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Good morning parents and families! We (finally) received our student agendas this week. I want to take a moment to explain how I'll be using these agendas this year.
One of the primary purposes of the agenda is to communicate student behavior to parents. Every day, I will sign their agendas in the color they ended the day in (green, yellow, red or black). If you're curious as to the reason behind this, please begin by asking your child. I'm happy to add some detail if you need.
The second main purpose is for students to keep their weekly reminders organized. Since homework is all optional this year, students may choose to write down reminders for which types of work they can complete. They can also write down which special we will have next, so they can wear appropriate shoes and clothing for PE or music.
The final main use of the agenda will be to record nightly reading. There is a small line on each day in the agenda where you or your child can write the number of minutes they read that night. To earn credit for these minutes you will have to sign you name or initials next to this number. Every Friday, students will have the option to turn in their agendas and have their reading minutes counted. They will earn XP in Classcraft and it can also help their grades somewhat.
Please let me know if you have any questions about these agendas, and I'll be happy to clarify anything!
Friday, September 1, 2017
Teaching Common Core Math
Hello everyone! I'd like to take a minute to explain some of the main topics and strategies I use for teaching math. One of the main shifts in the Common Core is that students are now just as accountable for their problem-solving strategy as they are for correct answers. This means that when I grade student work, I'm looking for more than just the right answer at the end. Students must use a variety of strategies, some of which you've probably never seen. They must also be able to explain their thinking, and elaborate on how they solved a problem.
Sometimes we will use strategies and approaches that will be very different from the way many of us learned math as kids. I truly believe the Common Core approach to math works well for students and helps them see math as a dynamic discipline. Instead of relying on the same strategy regardless of the context, students can now analyze a problem at a deeper level and apply the strategy that will work best in a given situation.
I'm always happy to discuss this with you more. It's really important that parents understand what we're doing in class and why. Please don't hesitate to contact me anytime.
I've also attached a slideshow I made for Open House night at Cielo Azul Elementary a couple of years ago. I'll continue to share resources on this page to help keep everyone up to date.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Week 1 Recap
We have now completed the first full week of school, and I'm really excited by what I've seen from these students! They have a lot of energy, but they use it in positive ways. They are kind and supportive towards each other and also eager to learn.
This week we set up our Classcraft characters and learned about some of the important principles and procedures for my class. Almost all of the student and parent accounts are set up and some students have already earned lots of experience points. Many parents are already using the gold feature. Parents can give their students gold for helping around the house, having a positive attitude, or being a good role model for others. The students can use gold to buy new costumes and, if we invest in the premier version, they can level up their own pets. As always, let me know if you have any questions about Classcraft or how we use it in school.
Finally, Maggie Cordova open house is one week from today , on Friday, September 1 from 5:00 - 6:00! I hope to see many of you in my classroom. I'll be here to explain my procedures and rules, and the students will be able to take you on a tour of the room. I hope to see you then!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Can you believe it's time to start a new school year? I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and that you're as excited as I am for the coming year. I want to take a moment to introduce myself and share some of the basics about my classroom.
I am starting my eighth year teaching in RRPS, where I've spent my whole career. I received my teacher's license in Colorado, but immediately moved to New Mexico because my wife got into medical school at UNM. I taught third grade for three years, and this will be my fifth year teaching fourth grade. I taught at Cielo Azul Elementary for six years and this will be my second year at Maggie Cordova Elementary.
I strongly believe in educating the whole student. Core academics are very important, but so are things like creativity, leadership, critical thinking, and collaboration. I believe in integrating science, history, civics, and the arts into my teaching as often as possible. Since every student learns differently, I also incorporate many different teaching styles. My goal is to create a supportive and engaging class atmosphere where students can be confident in themselves, and are constantly challenged to improve their skills and knowledge.
I am always available if you have any questions, and you can find my contact info on my Contact Me page. Thanks so much for visiting my class web page, I look forward to getting to know everyone more as the year goes on!