About? About what?

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

~Gloria Steinem

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Welcome to our Classroom Blog!  I have been running a classroom blog since 2007. Each year results in a bigger, more comprehensive site… There are things we add, things we change, and things we remove. If you have ideas, let us know!!!

Please know your questions, comments and concerns are always welcome – the BEST way to contact me is through email — sbrooks@falmouth.k12.ma.us.   You can also call my voice mail at 508-548-0220 X303, or send a note into school.  I look forward to opening the lines of communication between home and school, for the benefit of our children.

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This picture was taken in 1987.  Little did I know then, just how much I would love technology all these years later.  The more things change, the more they stay the same….

This will be handed out on Meet the Teacher night:

Open House Cheat Sheet

Because we only have 40 minutes together… and because we need to spend some time meeting other teachers who will stop by… and because I know everyone couldn’t make it tonight…and because I have to squeeze in a big surprise for you…this year I decided to copy my Big Speech notes for your reference…I hope they help you gain a clearer picture of life in Room 303.


Who am I?

I grew up in Walpole, and now live in Sagamore Beach (yes, over the bridge). I’ve been married to my husband, Kevin for 22 years, and have 2 kids. My daughter, Kendyl is in 12th grade at Upper Cape Tech, and my son Carson is a sophomore there as well. I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Ed. and Sociology from Bridgewater State, and my graduate degree in Instructional Technology from Lesley University.  Currently, I am serving on the Board of Directors for MASCD (Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum and Development). I also recently became a Teacher Ambassador for FableVision, an amazing, innovative company that encourages creativity and individuality in schools. I am a Discovery Network STAR Educator, where I provide training and support for teachers planning lessons using the great resources Discovery Education has to offer.  In 2011, I received the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MASSCUE) Pathfinder award for my work in the educational technology field and in 2013, the NEA recognized me for my work in social media as well.

This is my 12th year at Mullen-Hall, and my 10thyear teaching in the classroom. Previously, I was the computer teacher in the lab here. Other work experience includes nearly 8 years teaching adult education classes at Upper Cape Tech and 3 years working for Sylvan Learning Center, teaching everything from beginning reading to SAT prep courses. I also worked for America Online as a Community Leader for nearly 10 years, stopping only because they unfortunately ended their program. Before my life in education, I worked in the travel industry.

I have been a Girl Scout since I was a child and spent 12 years as a troop leader. In my free time (ha-ha), I enjoy spending time in the garden, behind the camera, on the computer, and with my family & friends.

Reminders from the office:

Please come to the office personally to turn in CORI forms.

If your child attends Kids Club, be sure to sign them in and out daily.

Please respect the 2:30 pm deadline for dismissal changes. (No Phone Changes)

Each student should have a change of clothes in a shoebox in their cubby for emergencies.

Snacks

Students can eat whenever they choose, as long as it does not distract from the lessons we do. They cannot share or trade snacks with other students, as we have several food allergies in any given year. If a student forgets to bring a snack, I have a supply of extras in the room. I will let them choose one, and will then fill out a Snack Ticket. If your child brings home a ticket, I would appreciate it if a prepackaged snack could be sent in to replace it within one week.  Because of allergies, our Birthday Policy is a bit different in Room 303.  Be sure to check out the insert in your MOOSE Books, or read about it on our blog.


Water Bottles

I would like each student to have a bottle for water each day. Having a drink at their desk minimizes opportunities to leave the room. Please refrain from sending in juice pouches, sports drinks and colored waters to drink in class. Our tables are small, space is tight, and spills are inevitable. Clean water spills cause less damage to books, supplies and student work.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms have not been an issue with this class at all. We reminded all of our 3rd and 4th grade students that they are role models, and should portray best behavior in the restrooms. They have truly risen to the challenge, and have done a great job at going one student at a time.

MOOSE & BEAR books

I hope you are enjoying our home-school organizational system. If you haven’t already, take some time to flip through the MOOSE book. You will see newsletters updated, and pages added as the year goes on.

Homework

Homework is given on Monday nights, and due on Friday mornings. Please plan with your child to set aside the best times each week to complete homework. Room 303 is on the Web! You can visit our class homepage on the Falmouth website: http://blogs.falmouth.k12.ma.us/simplysuzy/

Students should be reading 20 minutes each night – this can include having an adult read aloud to them. Reading materials should be anything that interests them – fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers, etc… Students should also practice math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) through the use of flashcards, internet sites, worksheets, or oral quizzing.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Homework should not be an upsetting experience for anyone. Homework is designed to review and practice skills learned in school. It is an exercise in organization and responsibility. If homework is causing problems in some way – write a note on the assignment, or send me an e-mail. It is my strong belief that a good night’s sleep (about 10 hours per night at this age) is FAR more important than any homework assignment.

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From Day 1 to Day 180, I will support each student as he/she works on the following mega-skills:

* INDEPENDENT, CREATIVE THINKING *

* PATIENCE WITH EACH OTHER AND THE LEARNING PROCESS *

* ORGANIZATION & TIME MANAGEMENT *

*EMPATHY TOWARDS OTHERS *

* COOPERATION & COLLABORATION *

*TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS OR HER OWN LEARNING *

I’m looking forward to a wonderful year with each of you!!

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Comments
  • Jake:

    I think its really cool that you use the projector in the CLASSROOM but I can tell a lot of other people like it too.

  • Mrs Brooks I like that you have who you are i think it’s cool because the next 3th Graders know about you;) ;)

  • Aunt Susie sr. =) (Zahner):

    So much to read, so much to look at, LUV IT. Passed this on to my kids told them to let the kids get involved with the Corners/Korners!! Have’n fun in here though and I’m getting smarter too. Will pop in often. Luv ya Aunt Susie sr.

    • Suzy Brooks:

      Hi Aunt Susie!

      I told you it was HUGE – thanks for digging through and checking it out – it’s a lot to do, but a lot of fun!!

      Love you!
      Suzy Jr.

  • G’day Mrs Brooks and students,
    Thanks for registering for the March 2012 student blogging challenge. Make sure you visit the blog every week beginning early March, when the first challenge will be published. If you want a reminder sent to your email each week, use the “Subscribe by email” on the right sidebar of the blog. Also make sure you visit blogs from other classes around the world with similar ages.

    Miss W or tasteach – challenge organizer

  • Jacqui:

    I’m a teacher trying to learn more about using more technology in the classroom. Thank you for this great example!

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