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Welcome to Room 206 -- Mary Austin -- 5th & 6th Grade
Walker Senior Center, Sept. 2012

My class has a culture of academia with a strong focus on reading and writing. I teach my students to use prior knowledge, predict, visualize, ask questions, clarify, learn new vocabulary, and summarize while reading. They are immersed in the writing process, which includes focused correction areas, self-editing, peer-editing and teacher feedback / editing. They write a lot and learn about sentence and paragraph structure, sensory imagery and details, metaphor and simile, and many other literary special effects. They work on developing their own author’s voice.

I use Responsive Classroom to encourage a sense of belonging, caring, and acceptance in my class. I encourage independence and self-management skills in my students, in order to help them become more responsible for their own education.

206 is famous for our annual Candlelight Café, which is a mid-winter celebration of our learning together. 206 students also do a ten-hour project, choosing a topic, in which they would like to study in depth. The students present their projects to the class in March before spring break.

To Read is to Know!

Oh, Freedom ~ YPC Field Trip

The Middles are going to see the play, Oh Freedom, at the Howard Conn Theatre on February 3, 2017.  Click here to see the permission slip...

Rollergardens Field Trip ~ 12/16/16

The Middles are going ROLLERSKATING!
When: Friday, December 16th
Where: Rollergardens
When: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $9, which includes the entrance fee, skates/blades and bus transportation.

Click here to get the permission slip...