Hello 5th grade families,
I hope this email finds you well! This week was absolutely wonderful, I have really enjoyed continuing to get to know everyone and I appreciate all of the positivity and hard work that our kids displayed every day.
We spent a good portion of the week talking about growth mindset, which is the belief that one has the ability to change their intelligence (learn/continue to get better at something). We had great conversations about how we can be positive this year and also help each other when we notice that a classmate is struggling with believing in themselves, whether it's inside or outside of school. We've discussed things we might say to ourselves or each other to encourage us to work hard and not give up. We've also discussed how failing or not succeeding at something right away can help us learn and eventually become successful, and learned about some "famous failures" as well (Albert Einstein, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey..just to name a few). I am already noticing positive things being said in our classroom after these discussions, and I'm hoping you'll notice the same at home.
We also ran through our first math center rotations to get the feel of how math centers will run in our classroom. I typically will do this at least once a week. We also learned about problem of the week, which is a weekly assignment that I will be starting on Tuesday next week. Problem of the week is always due on Fridays. These problems are meant to be challenging and cause a little bit of struggle, so please know it's okay if you notice this at home. You are welcome to help your child at home, but it is very important that they are using problem solving strategies to try to solve the problem on their own as well. I will always send out a picture of my problem of the week board via Remind, so your child can work on the problems at home if needed.
*Reminder- no school Friday or Monday this week
Have a wonderful long weekend!