Welcome to the Beavers Classroom
The Beavers class children range in age from 7 to 8.
In this classroom, it is my goal to create a safe, supportive and welcoming environment where the key to success is every child being valued and respected. My goals for the classroom during the first six weeks are to create a climate of warmth and safety and establish expectations about the ways we will learn together.
Our classroom will have flexible seating. Instead of having the traditional desk seating, our classroom has a variety of seating options, including cozy chairs, pillows, and a couch as well as tables with chairs. Having flexible seating gives student choices, having a choice in their seating will help promote active learning, encourages students to take responsibility for their learning, develops a sense of community and builds social skills. Students will be able to choose their own seat daily and be able to work in a location that will suit them in their learning.
‘Morning Meeting’ is an essential part of the school day that allows the goals of the first six weeks to be accomplished and for the classroom community to grow. The purposes of Morning Meeting are many. It serves as a transition from home to school, helps children to feel welcome and known, sets the tone for the day, creates a climate of trust, increases students’ confidence and investment in learning, provides a meaningful context for teaching and practicing academic skills, encourages cooperation and inclusion, and improves children’s communication skills.
Morning Meeting consists of four parts:
1-Greeting 2-Sharing 3-Group Activity 4-Morning Message
Other steps to develop classroom community are creating hopes for the school year and deciding as a class what rules are needed to have success as a community of learners to achieve their hopes for the school year.
Beavers Educator: Ryan
Ryan moved up to the Grand Marais area from the suburbs of St. Paul in the summer of 2020. Having gone to school to be a teacher, Ryan thought a small town school would best fit his lifestyle and teaching style. Ryan secured a student teaching placement in Ms. Nikki's 1st grade class where he learned the mission and methods of GES. Ryan says " I feel as though I can be the best teacher possible teaching in a school that has the mission that Great Expectations has and couldn't be happier to be where I am."
Outside of school, Ryan loves to play outdoors, fishing in the summer and skiing in the winter.