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Meet Ms. Skogen’s fourth-grade class

Krystle Wagner • Apr 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Each Friday on the pages of the Tribune and online at grandhaventribune.com, we will highlight a Classroom of the Week.

This feature sheds light on the work students and teachers are doing, and it lets the community know what makes each class special. Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:

Teacher's name: Miss Skogen

Number of students: 23

School: Rosy Mound Elementary School

Grade: 4th

What makes your classroom special? There are many things that make our fourth-grade classroom so special. First and foremost, we have a well-established classroom community that has developed through team building and positive relationships with the students and their families. The students are always an integral part of creating our classroom constitution and take ownership as a result. All students have several leadership roles within our classroom and school that allow them to take pride in what they do, and I have seen them grow immensely as a result. The students and I co-lead a daily morning meeting where we say the pledge, watch the school news, share the inspirational quote of the day from our class calendar, choose a quote from the “happiness jar” and end with sharing a few “good things” that are going on in our lives. This sets the foundation for our day and prepares us to work to our fullest potential. We also take part in many cooperative learning structures in all academic areas that allow students to be active, accountable, fully engaged, and work on their public speaking skills.

What is your classroom's motto? Our classroom motto is “LOVEWINS.” This motto serves as the basis of our classroom as we consistently strive to treat others and ourselves with kindness and respect. We often discuss how one kind act can rapidly spread, have a positive impact, and come full circle. We also often reflect on the admirable words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

What is your classroom the most proud of? Our classroom is the most proud of how we care for one another, lead others within our school and community, and strive to do our personal best academically and personally. We are always looking for new ways to stretch our thinking and encourage one another along the way. We have a class “I Noticed” box which is a place where students are able to write anonymous compliments for other students within our classroom. These compliments are detailed and pertain to students noticing their peers making progress and going above and beyond. Parents have also had an opportunity to write these for their children throughout the year. The students take great pride in this and many have the “I Noticed” notes taped to their desks, tucked in the cover of their binders, or have even created posters of them at home to serve as a constant encouragement.

Fun fact about your classroom: One fun fact about our classroom is that we have a class mascot and writing buddy, “Cedric the Traveling Gnome” that goes home on the weekend with the student of the week to share in their adventures. The students are responsible for writing about their time with Cedric and including illustrations or photographs of their time together. This fits in with the travel theme of our classroom, as well as, the fourth grade social studies curriculum, as we study the regions and peopling of the United States. Cedric even has his own passport and has added many exciting locations to it this school year!

What would you like the community to know? I continually challenge my students to not only be the best learners they can be, but to more importantly be the best people they can be. We often discuss that it is a wonderful thing to be intelligent, yet that intelligence is negated if one is not kind.

Classroom of the Week is sponsored by Little Smiles and Smile Orthodontics.

 

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