When I ask students to do things that are hard and scary, but set them up to succeed.
Some of the assignments that I give to students are seen as complicated, tedious, and can be difficult for them. I acknowledge this fact openly to them, and then tell them that I believe they are each capable of completing the assignment successfully. Some students come into class with a negative mindset playing in their heads: you can’t do this; you’re going to fail; he will see how stupid you really are. I know those statements are not true, but the students don’t. One remedy for their fear is to give them a quick succession of smaller, achievable assignments, so I break most difficult assignments into smaller tasks, provide frequent opportunities for collaboration with peers, and offer feedback that includes a clear identification of what they’ve done right as well as what needs more practice.
A dōjō (道場) is a hall or space for immersive learning or meditation.
Team 23 Dojo is a communication app for "Team 23". It connects our classroom with home. You will be able to check-in to see behavior points from anywhere at anytime. Team 23, along with parents, will use Team 23 Dojo to work together as a unit, share in the classroom experience, and bring big ideas to life.
Class Dojo Videos
"Team work makes the dream work" John C. Maxwell
It is often hard starting a new year, new teacher, new grade level, and nerves are rampant. My nerves were no different from the students. Our day was filled with procedures, processes, and the creation of Team 23 norms (rules). We managed to do a fun icebreaker, "Blobs & Lines". Thank you to those families for your most generous donations of supplies. Team 23 completed our day with a quick debrief of what worked and where our focus will be tomorrow. We created 6 homogeneous teams of 5 and students will reveal "Famous Leader" team names tomorrow.
This blog: Welcome to the Team 23 Blog page, and welcome to Grade 6 at Mission San Jose Elementary! This blog is a place where we will share about what our class learns.
As we progress through the first few days and begin to get in the swing of 6th grade, students will begin writing their own school blog. I hope families will check in here every day to see what we are up to! Please take some time to familiarize yourself with this website. It holds all the information you will need to stay up-to-date with our Team 23 calendars, homework, curriculum, and what's happening. HOORAH!