Hello Students!

I am honored and thrilled to be your 5th-grade teacher this year.  I take teaching very seriously and love every moment I get to spend with you.  I am, however, subject to make mistakes.  Here are a few things you should know:

  1. I’m not perfect, I’m not and was never a perfect student.  I do not expect you to be perfect.  I do expect you to try and do your best.

  2. We all learn differently, there are many different intelligences and we are all gifted in our own areas.  My goal this year is to help you be successful and discover the unique gifts you possess.

  3. Some of the greatest thinkers struggled with school.  Please don’t get discouraged, frustrated or give up if some skills are hard for you.  We will work together to find and identify strategies that will help you be successful.

  4. Please tell me when you’re struggling, overwhelmed, confused, or frustrated.  I am here for you and want to help.  Sometimes I may assign something that feels overwhelming, please let me know when you’re feeling this way.  That way we can work together to help you be successful.

  5. I am a third-year teacher. Sometimes I get really excited, ambitious, and don't realize that you have no idea what I am talking about.  When I do this, please let me know and remind me to slow down.  Everyone in the class will be appreciative.

  6. Let’s work together and make this a spectacular school year!

Sometimes school may be challenging, but it should never be dreadful or miserable.  Please let me know if you are struggling so I can help you.

 

 

Earnestly,

 

 

Ms. Shaffer

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