Dear Sexton Mountain Families:
At 8:30am Friday morning, students in Ms. Hunt’s class were hard at work identifying equivalent fractions. Using manipulatives they thought critically and solved the problems. Thinking back to second grade, I don’t think I was asked to do such complex work and I’m certain that my attitude toward solving problems wasn’t nearly as positive as this group of second grade students. I am certainly proud of our hard working students! Those who arrived on time were fully engaged in the learning.
As stated in earlier newsletters, being late for school hurts a child’s learning. Children can copy notes or make up assignments but they can never get back what’s most important: the discussions, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive. Thanks for your hard work in helping students be in class by 8:30 a.m. each day.
One of the things I notice about the learning that is happening in the classroom each day is the rich vocabulary development and discussion taking place. In Ms. Hunt’s room for instance, students needed to know words like equvalent and fraction. In Mrs. Hiatt’s class I noticed that kids knew words like trapezoid and equilateral triangle and were able to describe each and give examples. All fifth graders were using terms to compare algebraic relationships.
Teachers are teaching and students are learning here at Sexton Mountain. Thank you for sharing your children with us!