(This is Victoria. I got this message today privately and would love to share my answer with everyone.)
WOW! what a lot of time went into your classroom- I would love to be in it. I had a few questions if you don't mind... I was wondering what you use the mailbox for and how you pick your student of the week -- do they do anything special that week??
Hi... I'm Robert Purpura and I teach 4th grade in Quincy, MA -- the areas I focus on are science and social studies to all three 4th grade classes as well as Reading to my homeroom... we have three 4th grade teachers in our team, one teaches math to all 3 classes and Reading to her homeroom and the other teaches writing to all 3 classes and Reading to his homeroom. we work on 3 one hour block schedules for our main focus area. Depending on the week I teach 3 days of one subject and 2 days of the other.
Would love to hear any fun activities you do that I could add to my classroom.
Have a great school year.
The personal black mailbox is used for mailing pen pal letters, mainly. The student mailboxes are used for returning papers and sending out newsletters/ announcements to the students. My Student of the Week is actually chosen by demonstrating great qualities (respect, responsibility, etc.) throughout the week prior to being chosen, but I was wondering if anyone suggests another option for choosing the S.O.T.W.
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