1 IMG_6463As we finish our second week of the 2011/2012 school year, it is exciting to think about what we have already done. We’ve met new people, built a classroom community, established expectations and procedures, and we’ve assessed where we are with our skills. We’ve jumped into the routine of the school day and we’ve begun using technology to create and communicate. 5th grade is a thrilling journey and we’re well on our way.

I’m glad to have the siblings of several former DreamExtreme students in our class this year. They are kids that I might have met when they were much younger but now I have the chance to get to know them as unique individuals and not just little brothers or sisters. I can already see some wonderful social dynamics and impressive creativity with this class. We might be able to produce some great things this school year!

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As we wrap up our procedure lessons and start of the year projects, we are now very close to being in our regular daily schedule. By next week, the students and I should be fully in the groove and getting where we need to be on time.

I’m looking forward to meeting parents and family members this Thursday night at our school Open House Barbecue. We’ll be looking at what the students have done so far and talking about some of the exciting things that are on the horizon.

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We just confirmed that our class will be going on a field trip to Crater Lake National Park on Tuesday, October 11. We’ll definitely need several parent chaperones to go along with us for what should be an incredible time of learning and fun. We will also be collaborating with students from Arkansas this year, blogging with them and meeting them virtually using Skype video conferencing. By the way, the students created their own blogs yesterday and many of them are already writing posts and commenting. Check our DreamExtreme Student Blog out by CLICKING ON THIS LINK!

It may just be the start of the school year, but it’s already shaping up to be a great experience for all of us. I’m excited to see what this group of students will accomplish!

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