We’re off to a great start in merit class! This is my 25th year teaching school, and I really do feel that we’re off to the best start I’ve ever had! I absolutely love working with your brilliant, enthusiastic, precious children!
I just wanted to update you on a few of the things we’ve been doing in class. We’ve already learned so much by using the internet to search and read LOTS of informational articles. By using topics that really pique the students’ interest, it’s easy to keep them engaged in our discussions and learning. The students have also each created their first research report (of many to come) by gathering information from a nonfiction book on a topic of interest that they selected. After writing and illustrating the report, they shared their reports on the microphone in our classroom.
Not only are reading, writing, speaking and listening skills an important part of the merit program, but they are extremely important life skills that we will work on throughout the year. Learning and using polite conversation etiquette is another important life skill that we really emphasize. A few examples are: learning to stay on topic and get to the point, not interrupting or contradicting others while they’re speaking, being respectful & attentive to the speaker, etc.
We also play a lot of engaging learning games that help build the children’s vocabulary, reading, and thinking skills. Of course, the ultimate goal of gifted education is to promote self-directed learners, so our classwork and lessons will continue to be very student-driven. Our groups have a wide variety of interests, and I want students to have opportunities to research, learn about, and report on as many different things that interest them as possible! I’m super excited to be working with your children and am looking forward to a fabulous rest of the year!
Hope to see you all MONDAY at 6 p.m. at the BIS pecan grove for the merit picnic! (If you're obligated elsewhere and can’t make it, though, we certainly understand.) Visit our class website for details! Thanks so much for your support and encouragement at home!
P.S. Please send an email to me if I don’t have your email address so I can keep you informed! firstname.lastname@example.org