Posts by Lauren Stapleton:
Our students have had a great beginning of the school year! We have been so impressed with their hard work, and ability to work together. We are introducing prepositional phrases in language arts. To make this more engaging, our students participated in a “Paper Airplane,” activity. Students built paper airplanes, then created sentences with prepositional phrases to explain where their plane landed. We were impressed at their ability to stay on task & look forward to a great rest of the year!
We chose to ditch the traditional classroom setup to create a more kid-friendly environment. With flexible seating our students can work around the room in whatever setting is most comfortable to them. We have developed a system in which students choose their seat at the beginning of the day. They are encouraged to choose a seat where they can complete their best work. We reserve the right to move their seats if necessary; however, we find that when you empower children to make their own choices, they usually choose wisely. Check out our flexible seating contract located on the Page, “What makes our classroom special.” We look forward to the new school year!
Ms. Stapleton and Mrs. Frazier are so excited to be co-teaching together this school year. Co-teaching is a teaching model that encourages collaboration and communication among 2 (or more) professionals in order to meet the diverse needs of all students. There are many benefits for students in a co-taught classroom, including a variety of teaching strategies, increased understanding of student needs, and increased acceptance of students with disabilities by their peers. There is also increased adult attention to students in a co-taught classroom, resulting in a lower student to teacher ratio. Mrs. Stapleton and Mrs. Frazier will be co-teaching during all subjects of the day and have been trained in various co-teaching strategies.