Fifth grade is my favorite elementary stage. The kids are going through so much growth, both academically and emotionally, during this age. Because of that, I focus on social and emotional learning throughout the school year.
One way I encourage students to socialize is by hosting Friday events. We take virtual field trips, eat lunch together, play games, and read together. I have many students from previous classes who still meet personally because they made such strong connections and friendships.
I also incorporate art into my lessons. My students are always happy when I tell them to get out their sketch pad and art kits sent from the school.
At Oregon Connections Academy, I love the flexibility students have with being in their own learning environment. I also love my ability to work one-on-one with students. I get to know them so well and work closely with their Learning Coaches to support each student’s growth.