The month of January seems to be speeding past us! Our theme for the month is Be Amazing! Students have been encouraged to focus on something that may be difficult for them and Be Amazing at whatever that might be. Each morning we share examples of goals students have met or ways they're demonstrating the theme. As always, I love hearing their stories, and they can't wait to share! Please encourage them at home as well.
I also wanted to update you on the new state test we'll be taking in April and May. The M-STEP test will replace the MEAP this spring, and will assess Third and Fourth grade students for their understanding of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in math, reading and writing. Fourth graders will also be assessed in science. One of the changes in the new standards is the requirement for students to think deeply. Below is an explanation and some ways you can help at home taken from www.helloliteracy.blogspot.com
The Common Core emphasizes critical thinking. It requires students to analyze more,discuss more, evaluate more, justify more and explain their thinking and understanding deeply, especially in writing. Take Away: Really thinking deeply is hard. Let it BE hard, help them talk it out.
?What can you do at home?
1. Encourage questions and explore answers (especially questions whose answers are not yes or no.)
2. Compare how things are alike and different: videos, movies, food etc.
3. Explain and discuss issues or problems in your house, neighbourhood or community. Brainstorm solutions.
We truly do appreciate your support at home, as well as your encouragement as we work together to Be Amazing!
Thank you for all you do to make Countryside such a great place!
Ms. Jolynne Dobson
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