Mr. Kooiker's 4th Grade Blog

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Welcome…

…to your class blog for the 2018-2019 school year!  

Happy July! I hope your summer is going well! I am enjoying it, but I am also looking forward to the start of school and getting to know each one of you!

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Our classroom blog will be the site for information about school supplies, curriculum, the daily agenda, and much more.  

thumbsupsunA school supply list will be posted soon.

Enjoy the day!

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Outstanding!

It truly was an OUTSTANDING year! This amazing class was recognized for outstanding behavior seventy-four times.

The majority of their “outstandings” were earned in Art, Music, P.E. and STEAM. What makes it even more amazing is that the teachers in these areas continue to raise the bar for what is expected to earn an outstanding in their classroom. The students in room 304 rose to the challenge!

This accomplishment required every student in the classroom to work hard, be a leader (using words and actions), and respond to classmates reminders to fix things up when needed. They understood that their individual choices made a significant impact on the class as a whole.

Wow! This special group of fourth graders not only encouraged each other to be respectful and responsible, but they were also an amazing example for all of the other students at Georgetown Elementary! Way to go outstanding students of room 304! 🙂

 

 

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How can you challenge yourself?

In our classroom, I strive to provide structured activities that are challenging and supportive for all students. However, I also want them to take ownership of their learning. One way I encourage this is for the students to determine ways they can challenge themselves when they have completed an assigned task.  My hope was to keep students who finished early engaged. The results have been amazing!

As we began to recognize and celebrate what they were doing, other students began to catch the vision and wanted to be a part of the “challenge” challenge.  

For example, students explored ways to challenge themselves in math. They were assigned the task of dividing a three digit number by a one digit number, which is a grade level expectation. Many of them chose to challenge themselves by dividing a much larger number.  They were even doing these challenge problems on the bus and at home…and then sharing them the next day at school! 🙂

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If you are looking for some fun…

…try getting 23 fourth graders to agree on how to spend $50. 

We had that opportunity earlier in the year in our classroom. The PTC gave us an Amazon gift card for having the highest percentage of participation for this year’s Super Hero Walk-a-thon.  

We wrestled with fun ways to spend the money and in the end found something for everyone! 

Thanks again for supporting the students at Georgetown and thank you PTC for the gift card to Amazon! 🙂

 

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Merry Christmas!


As I was looking at the Christmas tree in our living room this morning, I thought about the first Christmas and what that must have been like!   

I saw the many gifts under our tree that you so generously gave and the notes that were so thoughtfully written…and my heart was filled with inexpressible gratitude! 

I also thought about the gift of every student in our classroom!  It is because of you that I look forward to going to school each day…you always were my favorite! 🙂

Parents, your support and encouragement is above and beyond…a gift every teacher would treasure!  I am humbled that you have entrusted your child to me this year.  It is an awesome privilege! 

Thank you SO much!  We have a lot to celebrate during this Christmas season!

Merry Christmas! 

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