New Year, New Beginnings!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Welcome back to another wonderful year in 5th grade! I had a wonderful summer break! When I was small, I thought time passed by so slowly.  I remember thinking, how much longer until my birthday, Christmas, summer break etc.  Now I feel like the older I get the faster the time flies, which I find very unfair since when you are older you have many more things you want to cherish and slow down the aging process. But alas, here we are beginning another school year.
I am very excited about the kids that are coming to us this year.  I helped out with fourth grade math last year so much that I already know a majority of the kids, so that feels amazing!
Last year, our fifth grade team had outstanding STAAR scores! In Math we had 100% of our students pass math with 48% of the students scoring in the advanced range (first Admin).  In Reading, we had 98% of our students pass and 38% of the students were advanced (by 2nd admin).  In Science we had 100% of our students pass with 30% of the students scoring advanced! Just amazing!
We owe it all to data driven lessons and assessments.  Towards the end of the year I really focused on student driven data and allowing students to be more accountable for their own learning and goal setting.  This is what drove my students to the advanced levels.  They didn't just want to pass, they wanted to set their own personal goals and meet those goals.
This year it is my goal to start this from the beginning of the year.  I have created a student friendly version of all the Math TEKS so that students can keep track of their own strengths and weaknesses.  I will have them glue these pages into their math journals for easy access and reflection.

I will feature this data sheet and a new data activity featuring Pokemon Go soon! Have a wonderful first day of school!

Peace, Love, Math- Jennifer

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