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Miss Mallory Steinke

2013-2014 School year 1st Grade

Teaching Philosophy
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." -- Albert Einstein

My Background
Graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Psychology

Previous Experience
Taught at the Early Childhood Development Lab in 2011 Taught at the LASEC summer school program in 2010

Preferred Methods of Communication

I prefer to be contacted by email. This is the easiest way to get a hold of me. If you send me an email I will get back to you within 24 hours. I will also be sending out monthly newsletters that will discuss what we will be learning, events, and upcoming birthdays. You are welcome to call me at my school number(815555-5555), as well, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I am also available for conferences before or after school. My email:

Classroom Expectations
Treat yourself and others with respect Listen and follow directions When one person talks, everyone else listens Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself Do your best!

Discipline Policy
Students will be rewarded for good behavior as a class, group, and on an individual level. Students have a chance to earn tickets. If they earn 5 tickets by the end of the month they are allowed 10 minutes of fun activity. My method of discipline will be a street light system. Each child will have a yellow school bus. If they misbehave, their bus will move to the yellow light (warning) and if the behavior continues it will be moved to the red light (principals office, 10 minutes loss of fun activity, note home). There will be a warning given before the bus is moved. However, the child always has an opportunity to move their bus back. If I see their behavior improving then their bus will be moved to the previous light.

Reading/Language Arts Standards

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details. Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text. Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation).

Math Standards
Add and subtract within 20. Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2). Understand place value. Compare two two-digit numbers based on meanings of the tens and ones digits, recording the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, and <. Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract. Given a two-digit number, mentally find 10 more or 10 less than the number, without having to count; explain the reasoning used.

Science Standards
Describe an observed event Identify and describe the component parts of living things (ex: birds have feathers; people have bones, blood, hair, skin) and their major functions Use basic safety practices

Social Studies Standards

Identify the different levels of government as local, state, and national Explain the difference between past, present, and future time; place themselves in time Identify physical characteristics of places, both local and global (ex: locations, roads, regions, bodies of water)

Fine Arts Standards

Identify the elements of line, shape, space, color and texture; the principles of repetition, and pattern, and the expressive qualities of mood, emotion and pictorial representation Identify a variety of sounds and sound sources (instruments, voices, and environmental sounds) Identify the distinctive roles of artists and audiences

Classroom Parties
I think it is great when students, teachers, and parents can come together and celebrate Holidays and Special Occasions! We will have 3 classroom parties: Holiday, Valentines Day, and End of the Year We always love celebrating birthdays! Therefore, you are welcome to send in treats for your childs birthday There will be a sign-up sheet to volunteer for seasonal parties If you do not want your child to participate in any of these celebrations, please contact me.

Thanks for coming!