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First Grade Math Lesson

We have created a voicethread (mini-video) which walks you through a best practice math lesson in one of our first grade classrooms. This lesson begins with a teacher modeling for the entire class, followed by two student model/guiding the class in the lesson, and concludes with all students practicing the lesson independently.

We hope you enjoy our voicethread!

 

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Penpal Families Needed!

Our sister school, Raey Guang, has over 40 families that are interested in finding family penpals from our school. Your role would be simple: Get to know our sister family via email! You do not need to speak Mandarin to be a family penpal. If you are interested, please complete the survey below. Our Family Penpal Coordinator will be in touch shortly after the holidays. Mrs. Reagan



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Vocabulary Work with Mrs. Speidel

Mrs. Speidel, our Speech and Language Pathologist, is working with all teachers to improve our instruction in vocabulary.   Knowing words well will help us improve our comprehension while reading many types of texts and also improve our word choice in writing.  Mrs. Speidel’s work is based on the work of Sara Smith and the Expanding Expression Tool.

This teaching strategy is called, “How well do YOU know a word?”  Teachers are implementing this vocabulary strategy in their classrooms throughout November.  In early December, a baseline assessment will be taken on all students to determine how we should improve our instruction in January.

To view a sample lesson, click on:  VOCABULARY 

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From Hudsonville to Pingtung

Our sister school, Raey Guang Elementary, has a very important piece of student art work on display in their school. Mrs. Chung Wen Yu, the principal, came to Georgetown on October 22, 2008. Mrs. Yu was presented with the art work as a gift.  Upon her return, she presented this to the students and staff and has it on display at the school.  This special gift that was created by our students with Mrs. Brouwer’s assistance.  As we work to establish communication between the schools, I will update parents via the blog.

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Introducing Raey Guang Elementary–Our Sister School

Raey Guang Elementary School is located in Pingtung, a city in the southern portion of Taiwan. The school is situated in an urban area, and considered to be “medium” sized. There are 36 classes, grades 1-6. A total of 1,200 students attend the school, taught by a faculty of 64. (Comparison to Georgetown….20 classes, grades PK-5, 571 students, 20 Pk-5 teachers.)

Chung Wen Yu is the principal, and she is assisted by five directors. These directors handle curriculum, counseling, student affairs, and a variety of other duties. Raey Guang has received two distinguished certifications from the Ministry of Education for recognition of teachers who integrate informational technology into the classrooms.

Parents of the school children come from a higher socioeconomic background and place great importance on their children’s education and academic performance. To find out more about Taiwan and the educational system, click on Taiwan Education.

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