Hello and welcome to a new week in 2AK. I hope you all had a wonderfully relaxing weekend and had some special family time together.
Homework will start today and as much as I love parents being enthusiastic, please do encourage your child to do their homework tasks independently. This is a great way to build confidence, time management and self-motivation skills. The students will also bring home a homework book, to write and record any written pieces of homework that they choose to do.
If your child is struggling with any of the homework activities, just allow them to do their best. If they make mistakes, please do not correct it – this allows me to see who still needs further teaching support and practice in that area.
Star of the Week
Today we will also start 2AK’s Star of The Week (SOTW). Each student will take it in turns to be SOTW and they will bring Benny – our class bear home for the weekend on a Thursday. If your child is enthusiastic and chooses to write and/ or draw in his book then this is GREAT! Some students like to take photos to put in too – but this is not compulsory so please do not feel pressured. I showed the students a sample from my previous school and they all loved reading about Benny’s adventures. It is a great way to connect students and share experiences 🙂
So far, Dojo points are working well as a behavior tool. The number of Dojo points accumulated by Thursday afternoon equates to the number of Golden Time (free play) minutes the student receives, so 10 DJ’s = 10 minutes of golden time. Dojo’s are awarded for following the Essential Agreement, following the Learner Profile and for good effort 🙂
In general, behavior issues have settled down a little, perhaps it was back to school excitement. It is especially important to set expectations and boundaries at the beginning of the school year and the students need to adjust to me, as much as I need to adjust to them, so I would just like to thank you for your continued support with this.
Dates to note
Date for the diary – October 2nd is Back to school night. More information to follow once I have it.
That’s all for now I think!!