It's November!  Crazy!  Please let me know if your child does not celebrate the holidays so that I can take that into account while lesson planning.  

Also, students have been showing good progress in their reading, math and writing abilities.  I have especially seen a jump in students abilities when they have gone from not reading at home to reading at home.  It makes such a difference.  

I would like to go over my behavior expectations in my classroom.  I work on a point system which means that with hard work and cooperation the kids earn points throughout their sessions with me.  Those points are turned in on Fridays for some reward/game time.  I also have a "Chill" area in my room which is for students who need a break for a minute or 2.  In addition, I use the "star chart" to encourage homework completion.  Students get a box checked when hmwk is turned in and after 6 boxes they choose a prize.  Above all, I expect my students to take responsibility for their choices.  Many kids try blaming their parents for the reason they have not completed their homework or their peers for the reason they didn't earn all their points.  I'm a big advocate of choices and consequences and taking responsibility.  Please let me know if you have questions at any time.  Thanks!

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    Ms. Combs

    I'm new to the state of Maine this year.  I was a Social Worker in the state of Utah for several years until recently getting a Master's Degree in Special Education.  This is my 2nd year teaching and I love it!


    November 2013
    October 2013