1st grade is bubbling over with energy and enthusiasm. During our Literacy Block students are expanding their phonics skills, recognizing new sight words, and developing strong reading strategies through Fundations, Close Readings, and engaging in the Lucy Calkins Reader's Workshop model. In Everyday Math we continue practicing combinations of ten, graphing the weather and solving complex word problems. Writer' Workshop is buzzing as we deepen our study of Lucy Calkin's narrative, informational, opinion, and informational writing units. Finally, in our Extended Learning Time, students explore and experience learning about different countries through North, Central and South America!
Welcome to First Grade! I am thrilled to be back in the classroom this year. Our first grade family will be focusing on learning about each other, our similarities, our differences and how we can strongly support each other through this different year. Our library will constantly grow as we find what we individually and as a group need to read about next! Get ready for a fun and engaging year! In my many years in BPS I have taught K1, First grade, K-2 Intervention, and Early Childhood Special Needs and Inclusive classes. I adore a fabulous classroom library so that is a continual work in progress! During my free time I love going on adventures with family and our beloved dog Gravy. Our two teenagers still keep us busy and our house has lots of music creeping out of the windows and doors. Nola is learning to play bass guitar and has spent many years participating in Rebel Shakespeare while Coe plays fiddle and electric guitar. All Are Welcome in our class so stop by and visit!
I am so excited to be teaching First Grade SEI! This is my second year as a first grade teacher. I have been working at the Otis for seven years. I am looking forward to helping students learn and supporting their growth throughout the year. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my dogs, family, and going to the beach!
My name is Katie Pagano Welcome to our Grade 1 classroom! I am committed to providing a nurturing and engaging learning environment that sets the foundation for a lifetime of learning. In our Grade 1 class, your child will experience: Interactive Learning through hands-on activities, group discussions, and educational games to make learning a truly interactive and enjoyable experience. I believe in fostering a love for learning that lasts a lifetime. Individualized Attention: Each student is unique, and I take the time to understand the individual needs and learning styles of every child. This personalized approach ensures that every student receives the support they need to thrive. Core Skill Development: I focus on building essential skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking. I design lessons that challenge and inspire students, helping them to develop a strong academic foundation. Character Building: Beyond academics, I emphasize character education through promoting values such as kindness, respect, responsibility, and empathy, helping students become not only strong learners but also compassionate individuals. Parent-Teacher Partnership: I believe in the power of a strong partnership between teachers and parents. Regular communication and updates on your child's progress ensure that we work together to support your child's growth and development. Safe and Supportive Environment: My classroom is a safe space where students feel comfortable asking questions, making mistakes, and expressing themselves. I encourage a growth mindset, where challenges are seen as opportunities to learn and grow. Creativity Unleashed: Arts and creativity are celebrated in our Grade 1 class. From art projects to imaginative storytelling, I encourage students to explore their creative sides, fostering a well-rounded development. I look forward to embarking on this exciting learning journey with your child.