Allen, Nadine

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Nadine Allen

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Whew! Our first full week of school has ended, and what a full week it has been! Hopefully you have been able to read what your students have written in their planners. I also hope that there have been conversations about all our adventures thus far. My personal favorite moment this week was when my students begged to stay in from recess to work on math (I have a witness--it really happened). My guess is that theirs was the unveiling of our Spy/Detective theme for the year--or perhaps it was when I ate a "candle"--or maybe it was constructing a multiplication chart, only to realize they already know SO much. 

You may have noticed that this weekend's homework consists of "read" and "play outside." I do expect students to practice reading at least 20 minutes per day five times a week. We will begin a reading log/journal within the next few weeks. It is designed to generate excitement about reflecting on learning, as well as sharing with others.
Additionally, it will be helpful to practice multiplication and division facts (5-10 minutes a day). In general, I do not assign homework beyond this.

I am happy to explain my practically-no-homework-at-all philosophy. The short answer is that the research does not appear to support the value of homework at this level. If you would like to discuss this, feel free to contact me.

This class is full of fantastic, hard-working students. I am so glad to be working with them this year!

Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or kudos. Happy Weekend!

Nadine Allen

 Friday, September 8, 2017

If you are here, you are most likely a current student or parent. I am so glad you are in my class!
We have had a busy and productive week. Students were engaged in learning our routines and expectations. We played various games to learn about and connect with each other. For ELA, we began reading The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. We also practiced Read to Self (a Daily Five activity), and wrote two letters. Two favorites of the week were exploring dot patterns with the "Massive Space to Notice" routine, and Splat!, which are both math activities. Your students were creative, engaged, and eager to share their thinking with others. We also read the book Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream. We were also the first class to take the STAR reading test, and will continue our discussion about the Zone of Proximal Development next week. 
Enjoy the weekend!

Nadine Allen