Monday, July 2, 2012

Kindergarten, Anyone

Credits must be indicated here, but sorry
I did not know where I grabbed this.
The incoming school year marks a challenging teaching stint for me. From 5th Grade to Kindergarten. At first I was sad of the new assignment trying to reconcile the feelings of demotion to challenge. It was a reflecting moment as to where did I go wrong. All the while I thought that I raised the score of the infamous California Standardized Test (CST), or was it simply a racial act as he was white and I am brown. Mind-boggling but I am taking my strides, I reckon as a professional I am eager to learn the various developmental stages of the learning growth. Wow!...So here I am trying to better understand the challenge I am facing. 

Momentarily, I have downloaded the Common Core Standards. I am exposing myself on the Kindergarten curriculum. Trying to decipher it, I am more confused. With the Pre-K in the offing, I wonder what will be my teaching assignment. Doubling the dilemma, is the fact that my boss will no longer be in the same school. Will I really be in the Kindergarten this year, or I will still be in the same grade level, 5th Grade? Questions indeed stall my brain. I do not know what to do considering the circumstance that I am in. Could I call this as "administrative malpractice" among principals in assigning teachers?  or just like me, they are "victims of the circumstance". Whatever it is, I will charge it to the saying "The only permanent in this world is change." I am sure that I did not quote the apt saying, one thing sure, you know what I mean.

Kindergarten Playground @ Lincoln Elementary School.
As for now, I am resolved at understanding what is Kindergarten. The Kindergarten context at Lincoln Elementary is typically a whole group setting of more or less twenty (20) students taught from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM.  I do not have the slightest idea as to what will be the learning structure like. I know that it will be dependent on the students that I will have. At least, I have the Common Core Standards. With these as the backdrop, how will I set my classroom, and how will I plan my lessons. Whatever it will be, I believe I will put PLAY as the mantra of teaching, that it is why I am having this playground as the backdrop of my teaching stint this year....Am I right? What do you think?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Wow...just got into this

Lincoln Elementary School is located at 1667E, 118th
Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059. 
It was interesting to find out how outmoded and outdated I was!  I need to be in circulation now that I have discovered this great tool.

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School is a K-5 school administratively under the Compton Unified School District. I taught in this school since 2002 starting in 2nd Grade. I had six (6) years of instructional journey in 2nd Grade, three (3) in 5th Grade, and two (2) in 4th Grade.  I wonder if 2012 I will be in the Kindergarten. I am sure that it will be an interesting experience. I imagine myself in the shoes of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his movie the "Kindergarten Teacher". I am sure it will be a roller-coaster ride!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

5th Grade I-22 Class Welcome

Welcomeback to Lincoln Elementary School!  Schoolyear 2011-2012 will be a promising year for you and me. Indeed, I am happy to have you to the 5th Grade class of Room I-22.

We will be learning Language Arts,  Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Visual and Performing Arts. It is expected that at the end of the year, you will be ready for 6th Grade. However, you need to pass the California Standards Tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. But to be able to finish and graduate from 5th Grade, you need to satisfy all requirements set.

Each subject will be graded in terms of Assessment for 50%, Classwork for 40%, and Homework for 10%. Quarterly requirements include book reports, writing samples, Math journal, projects either in Science or Social Studies, Reading fluency, and parent participation. 

Attendance in school is a must. Tardy is not tolerated. Should you come after 8:30 AM, you must secure a Late Slip from the Office.  In the case of absence, you need to provide a doctor’s permission or parental/guardian letter explaining the absence. You should come to school in complete and clean uniform each school day. Friday is a School Spirit Day, so you are allowed to wear the School Spirit shirt. 

Please do not be surprised if you are sent out of the room, to the Office or home because of misbehavior.  If you refuse to learn, it will be a total waste of time having you stay neither in the classroom or in the school.  Good behavior is a personal responsibility. 

Like a good soldier, you need to come to school prepared. You must come complete with writing pen/pencils, paper, notebooks, folder or binder and a bag.  Most of all, you must come to school ready to learn!  You are provided with textbooks and workbooks. So take good care of them.

It will be my 3rd year to teach 5th Grade in California. Since 2002, I have taught 6 years in 2nd Grade, and 1 year in the 4th Grade. However, I have been teaching since 1983. My experience in teaching is wide & diverse.  Most of the times were spent in the Philippines, but I have had taught in China and in Australia before coming to United States   of America. I have a Multiple Subjects teaching credential. 

At the outset, I could never be able to teach a child who refuses to learn.  We each have a set of responsibility including your parents.