My name is Stacy Vensko and I will be your child's first grade teacher. This
is my 14th year as an elementary teacher and my second year at Springhill-
Freeport School. I truly love being a teacher and feel
blessed to have a job that I love.
I'm writing this letter to familiarize you with some of my beliefs about
teaching first graders. Hopefully, you will see how these beliefs
shape the way I run my classroom.
The Workshop Approach to Teaching
Reading and writing will be taught using a workshop approach. To begin
the workshop, I start with teaching a focus lesson on a skill or strategy
which usually lasts about 10 minutes long. Immediately following the focus
lesson, students engage in guided practice of the skill being taught.
Afterwards, students engage in independent practice, working at their own
pace and level. At this time of independent practice, I work with a small
group of students and/or work with students individually. To end
the workshop session, students gather together to share learning
Why do I teach using the workshop approach?
I love teaching the "Workshop Way" because it allows me to differentiate my
instruction to best meet the needs of ALL of my students. My classroom is
very diverse and my students all have very different needs. I love
being able to meet with my students in small groups and individually because
I learn about them on a deeper level. The workshop way allows me to do this
I look forward to working with you as a partner in educating your child.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact
me. The fastest way to reach me is by my school email, but you may write a
note or call me at school during my planning time (12:40 - 1:20 daily). If I
am unavailable, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as
possible. Also, if you ever need to set up a conference to discuss your
child, I am available daily during those hours. Again, with your cooperation
and support, I know that we can make this the best year yet for your child!
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