Stuart's Spectacular Students

This is dedicated to my amazing students. The goal is for each and every one of them to feel unstoppable by the time they walk out of the classroom door for the final time in May. This chronicles their journey; their own Chronicles of Self-Actualization.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Constant Success ~ New Pictures Added

We’ve done an incredible job of learning so far this year. We deserve to be very proud of that. Now we just need to do it more consistently. This morning we added some new things to our routine:

Every week you need to create a new WEEKLY FOCUS. This needs to include:

CONTENT AREA: A focus for Reading, Math and Science

OBJECTIVE: what skill(s) you need to improve the most in these areas

METHOD: your plan to accomplish this improvement

ASSESSMENT: your measurement of whether or not learning and growth has taken place


1. I will provide you with a weekly test (assessment) in each area

i. READING – this will be our weekly story, which includes the spelling and vocab tests (which give you your Language Arts grade)

ii. SCIENCE – this will be your specific chapter

iii. MATH – this will be your specific Unit

2. The goal is for you to come up with your own daily assessments. I will provide you with these until you learn how to do this on your own.

i. For example, today I had everyone read “Katie’s Trunk” and practice your weakest skill (i.e. finding the main idea, context clues, etc) – This should be included in your Daily Assessment.

ii. Homework will be answering the review questions at the end of the story. I’m hoping this helps you take the story more seriously than some of you did on the last test (Paul Revere)

3. Finally, I want you to send your Weekly Focus to your parents in the form of an email. This way they know specifically what tests you are responsible for, your individual weekly goals, and how you plan on achieving them.

If doing your weekly focus doesn’t come easy at first, keep trying. This is a high-level skill that once learned, will benefit you for the rest of your life. And remember what Winston Churchill said,

Never, never, never, never, never, never, never……..quit!”

If you never quit, you can never fail! I will never quit on you. Don't you dare quit on me by giving up! We have succeeded at an incredible rate. Let’s keep it up.

Taylor and Flo experiencing Newton's Three Laws of Motion

Check out Drew with the book.

I'm liking this: Read about something in class.

Do it outside.

Read about it outside.

Discuss it..

Struggle with it..

Have fun with it..

Discover it...

Feel it...

Do it again.

Even have class outside...

And rinse and repeat as necessary...

Until you get it...

Being part of your experience..

Listening to your reactions..

Tapping into your unbounded energy

And able to succeed back in the classroom...

Letting Shawn and Luis experience the third law

- for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction...

...And being just one American classroom out of many; alive with learning and laughing, blowing the doors off of school and out into a world where you will thrive.


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