I would like to take the time to welcome your child to the fifth grade. Fifth grade is an exciting year with many new experiences. I want your child to learn, explore, and develop a love for learning. This is going to be an exhilarating school year! I can't wait to get the year started. I am thrilled to have your child in my classroom and I can't wait to get to know them! Each student comes to me with different backgrounds, different experiences, and different tools to empower them for this year. It is my goal to tap into the knowledge they have and help them gain more understanding and knowledge in the world around them. This year in our classroom we will be focused on differentiated lessons. These means that all students will be working on the same goals, but they will have different assignments to meet the goals. Their lessons and assignments will be geared towards their learning and ability.
A little about me...
My name is Morgan Lancaster Pittman. This will be my 7th year teaching at Nebo. Other then teaching 5th grade, I have also taught 6th and kindergarten. I am married to my husband, Russell, and we have a Chihuahua named Murphy. I have lived in McDowell County all my life. I even attended Nebo Elementary personally! I earned my Bachelors degree from Mars Hill College and I completed my Masters degree at Appalachian State. I am currently completing my Doctoral Degree with Jones International University. I enjoy running, golf, coffee, shopping and the internet.
Students will be required to read for 20 minutes 4 nights a week. Reading logs are due on the following Monday after they are given. Students will need to respond with thoughts and connections each night they read.
Students will be given Spelling Tic Tac Toe each Monday. Students are able to pick three assignements off the Tic Tac Toe board, but like the real Tic Tac Toe, they must do three in a row. Spelling homework is due on Fridays.
Any daily class work that is not finished in class will need to be completed for homework. All work is due the next day unless it is an extended project. Any work that is not turned in on time will be counted as a zero in the grade book and cannot be turned in late.
Our classroom is set up to promote group learning and discussion. Students are arranged in small groups. Students will be able to access multiple resources and learn how to use them appropriately: student computers, internet, graph paper, art supplies, math tools, reading supplies, etc. Students will be able to use these supplies daily and independently to help them in their learning styles.
It is a proven fact that drinking water helps stimulate student thinking. In our classroom students may have regular water in the classroom.
In our classroom we will be using a system called Motivating Money. In this system each student has a checking account and record sheet to keep. I give each student 10.00 per week. It is their goal to keep the money they are given and try to earn more each day. Once the year begins the students and I will decide what will be worth gaining or losing money: not turning in work, talking in halls, helping in the classroom, making an A on a test. At the end of each 6 weeks students are rewards based on the amount of money they earn. I will send a copy of the Motivating Money once we decide after the first day.
The following are the consequences that will followed if a child chooses not to follow the school or classroom rules (school rules may be found in the school handbook) :
1. Warning from teacher (loss of money)
2. Conference with teacher (loss of money)
3. Phone call to parent (loss of money)
4. Parent, Teacher, student Conference (loss of money)
5. Sent to Principal (loss of money)