First, let me say that I truly believe Centennial has some of the best, hardest working parents in the world. I appreciate your involvement more than I can say and know most everyone is doing their part to help their child succeed in fourth grade math (which is not an easy task because quite frankly...it's hard). Thank you so much for all your help. I just want to give everyone a bit of information and let you know what is going on in math at this point. Report cards and PLP papers are going home on Monday, January 10th. I want to explain a bit about both.
For the report card, I dropped a lowest test grade but not a lowest homework grade. Therefore, some students grades are lower than in previous quarters. As I have said before, homework grades make up a significant portion of your child's overall math grade. Please check your child's homework nightly and let me know if there is a specific skill your child is struggling with. The videos on this site can be very helpful and have practice pages your child can use. As far as homework goes, often students do not spend quality time on their homework and make simple addition, subtraction, or multiplication errors which cause them to lose valuable points. Checking for these mistakes can help tremendously.
PLP papers are also going home and will be a focus throughout the quarter. PLP stands for Personal Learning Plan. These plans are developed to target which skills your child has not yet mastered in Language Arts and Math based on the Thinklink test we took in December. I will use these results during PLB (Power Learning Block) time each week, and we will work together to conquer any skills not yet mastered. There were some skills on the Thinklink that we have not yet covered in class, so some of the skills will simply need to be addressed in our daily lessons. For all others, your child will work in small groups and with remediation sheets to practice and/ or relearn the skill. There are suggestions that you can do at home to help your child succeed on the back of the PLP as well. If we all do our part, there is no reason why every child cannot master the necessary skills. A PLP does not mean your child is necessarily struggling in math. It just means certain areas need work. In short, a PLP is nothing to panic about but a tool that can be used to make your child more successful :)
Snow days are going to cause some issues this nine weeks, I'm afraid. There are still a lot of skills we need to cover before Spring Break. Although I love snow days as much as anyone, they do put us behind. We will be covering material as quickly as possible this nine weeks so that we can cover everything and fit in review time before TCAP. Please try to have your child in school at every opportunity so that we can make the most out of the days we are given for instruction. Playing catch-up is hard enough without unnecessary absences. However, if your child is sick (which happens to everyone at some point), please request work from me and check the website for ways your child can get caught up.
Again, thanks for even coming to this website. I really appreciate it your interest in math class and your child's education. You make my job easier by simply caring. Thanks so much. Contact me if you have any questions or concerns :)