Welcome to 3rd Grade!
The quote below says everything about my teaching philosophy. I truly believe that my attitude towards learning and teaching has a direct effect on my students. I work hard every day to provide a consistent, positive, and encouraging environment
“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”
I grew up in Richland Washington with my Mom, Dad and younger brother. Both my parents are teachers so I was lucky enough to spend my summers on the river. I competed gymnastics throughout high school and started coaching my senior year.
Shortly after I started coaching, I learned that teaching is my passion! I have coached at three different gyms and am currently coaching here in Moscow at Palouse Empire Gymnastics. I have taught all ages from 18 months to 18 years old. I have been teaching at MCS for 2 years not and I absolutely love my job!
After graduating from Richland High School, I spent two years at Spokane Falls Community College and then finished up my BA in Elementary Education at WSU. Go Cougs!
In 2019 I completed my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from WGU.
The Science Fair is coming up! The registration deadline is Monday, March 1st. In class, every student is coming up with a science fair idea and we are working on the research and design process. We will not be doing any experiments in the classroom. This way every student will get to learn about the scientific process and if you would like to execute the project at home, your student has the information needed to do so :)
Your student does NOT have to do the science fair but it is a great experience.
Some of the students wanted to work with partners, they need to first make sure that this is okay with you and that they can meet with their partner outside school hours several times before the science fair. If you have any questions, please email me :)
3rd Grade update :)
We have had a busy last few weeks!
Reports cards have been sent home. If you did not receive one from your student check their backpacks :)
We are finishing up our science unit on simple machines and force. Thursday we did a science lab and got to test out how different simple machines changed the amount of force needed to move objects.
We will be testing on our multiplication and division chapter. The students have learned that decomposing is a good strategy for figuring out bigger multiplication problems. For example, 9x12 can be decomposed into 9x10 plus 9x2. We are trying to move away from drawing pictures and counting a bunch of tiny dots because students often miscount.
We have also started cursive! The students are very excited about this. We practice one letter a day and then have extra practice of a fun fact if they want a challenge.
We are working on opinion writing right now. The students are writing papers about what pet is the best pet to have. My favorite pet paper so far is a chipmunk!
What does third grade do the last hour of the day?
The last 30 minutes of our day is extremely important. This is the time where we make sure everything is organized, go over the next day and write in our planers. Planners have been a great communication piece to find out what your student did at school that day and what homework they might have. I make sure every kid write in their planner and has their homework in their planner. Please make sure you are checking this every night. This is also a good place to write me any notes. If your student forgets their planner they have a piece of paper they are writing on.
Please do not send more than 30 focused minutes of your night on homework. Most nights students should only have reading to do. All other homework is unfinished work from class. If you notice a lot of work coming home feel free to ask me about it :)
What are we learning in GT?
We have moved on from building rockets and testing out the best way to launch them to building our own Rube Goldberg Machines. A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overcomplicated fashion. They tend to use a lot of simple machines and chain reactions. This is a fun STEAM collaboration activity!