I am amazed at how quickly the school year is moving along. The class has been working on building community, trust with one another and learning the routines. Now we are beginning to dig deeper into our studies together.

Mediation as a tool for Conflict Resolution

I invited 4th and 5th grade students from Bijal's class to model and teach our class about mediation and how to use one when there is a conflict. 

Observing Change Over Time and Decomposition

When you visit our classroom you might discover a tank sitting on the Science shelf. It is full of leaves, seeds and a pumpkin split in half. One student each day will be doing an observation, taking a picture with the iPad and then sharing their observation during morning circle. At the end of 19 days I will print out the photos so we can look at the process of decomposition and possibly growth inside of the tank! 

Thanks to all of the parents who attended our field trip to Tryon Creek!
It was a beautiful, misty day in the forest. The class learned about invasive species and how they can overtake native plant species.
We were then lead on an informative guided hike by park volunteers. After the hike students pulled up the English Ivy.

Design Club

We have started our Design Club this week. Students were introduced to the Design Process and worked on building something (using only the materials in the pictures) that could launch paper. 
Our partner club in Jordan worked on the same challenge this week and will be sharing their discoveries soon.

Assessment and Conferences
I will be posting a conference signup out side of the classroom this week. Conferences at Trillium are mostly student led. Students will share what they are working on, discuss anything coming up and share some goals. I will include details and answer questions that you might have.

What Does Assessment Look Like?

Trillium uses a range of assessment tools, which might look differently than what you are accustomed to, if you have a more traditional educational experience or background.
Some of the ways I am assessing student progress and growth:

Observations and note taking.
One on one conversations with students.
Self reflection/check in.
Written responses.
Use of teacher / student created rubrics developed based on learning goals and standards.
Paper and pencil worksheets.
Trillium participates in the Smarter Balance Testing for grades 3-12.
 Lessons that are developed are created based on the required standards. 

Online Portfolio
This year we're going to use a new tool to share what we're learning in class called Seesaw. Your child will have his or her own learning journal, and you can get notified when your child adds new items. It's completely private -- only you can see your child's journal outside of class.

Click on https://app.seesaw.me/s/355-013-015 to sign up -- it takes just 30 seconds.

Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Parent app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's journal on the web.

I have created a take home folder near the front of the door of the classroom. In the folder you will find homework corrected and things we have been working on in class. 

FairyTale Unit
Maybe you've noticed the large table in the front of the classroom. Are you wondering what will happen on this table? 

This week students will be transforming this table into the setting for our FairyLand World (name to be determined by the class.)
We will be using the setting that the students create to work on writing Fairytales, adapting Fairytales and sharing our stories with each other. 
If you have art supplies, loose parts and other interesting things to build with please bring them in next week. 

World's Fair
We are moving along in the study of the World's Fair. This week we discussed the past themes of the World's Fair and each student submitted their idea for the fair. Our work next week will be focused on informative writing and research, which will be used to make a travel brochure about the country they are studying.

Patton Park

I would like to start visiting Patton Park once a week. This is a beautiful park with some magnificent old trees. If you are interested in walking to the park with us on Thursday morning please let me know.


There will be no school Friday Nov. 4th, Thursday Nov. 10 and Friday Nov. 11th.

Thanks for all of the support, feedback and snack donations.