Robert BarryLanguage Arts / Grades: 6 & 7Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone:651-748-6655
My name is Robert Barry, and I'll be your student's Language Arts teacher this upcoming year. I love being in the classroom and I'm passionate about helping my students find their voice. The ability to communicate is, perhaps, the most important skill a person can develop. My goal is to create independent, life-long learners who can dynamically and vibrantly express their thoughts. I collect comic books and watch a lot of baseball games. I'm usually reading three or four books at a time on anything from Roman history to physics to Beat poetry to post-modern fiction. I participated in National Novel Writing Month in 2012 , and I'm working on editing that novel (called "Hope Chest") and a collection of poems.We will be following a course of Balanced Literacy this year. I’m excited about this program because it provides plenty of opportunities for students to explore many kinds of texts and to develop their ability to work and think about those texts in preparation for high school and beyond. The program also hinges on a student choosing reading materials and reading independently. Students will be given time in class to read and work with their selected book, story, article, etc. We will also be asking that students find time to read outside of class as well. We know that this can be a challenge for some students, but a steady volume of reading has been shown to be one of the keys to improving a student’s reading level. An ideal goal would be to have students read for 30 minutes 5-6 times per week, outside of the classroom, and finishing about a book a week.
Many families ask how they can support their child in a Language Arts classroom. Helping students accomplish their independent reading is a huge part of providing support. Students will be asked to keep track of their reading through a variety of logs. Asking to see the log can help enforce its use. Providing a quiet, comfortable place for the student to read is another way to help. Students will be given a variety of strategies and questions to consider while reading independently, as well as setting goals to improve their reading. Asking students to explain their goals and reading strategies can be another way to reinforce work done in the classroom.
I'm looking forward to this year and to supporting my students and their families. You know your student the best, so I welcome your input. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.
All the best,