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We are off to another great start.  So far, I have met all of my new students and spoke with many of you at open house. The children seem very eager to learn and behavior has been wonderful. It is amazing what they can do when we raise our expectations. 

I think communication is the key to success for each student.  Teachers collaborate constantly in and out of school.  But, when parents are involved in their child's education, it open's a window to endless oppurtunities. Please feel welcome to meet with your child's teachers at any time.  You know your child best and your insight can only help us do a better job. Feel free to contact me at any time to schedule a conference.

In the meantime...

It is a good practice to have students share what they have learned, using their home language.  This allows them to practice academic language in both their first and second languages.  The scientific term for this is "common underlying proficiency".  The researcher that coined this term is Jim Cummins.  I would suggest looking at his work, if you have a culturally or linguistically diverse student.  After all, we want our students to continue learning and using both languages.  Bilingualism is the GOAL.

Cindy Reed



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