1st Grade Teacher
I'm Mr. Chae. I was born in Seoul, South Korea but was raised in the Midwest. One of the degrees I have is in education. I moved to Houston where I began my teaching career. I have been a teacher for over 20 years with extensive experience working in intermediate grades and also as science specialist. Prior to joining NBISD, I was a self-contained teacher, so I am very comfortable with teaching all subjects, including teaching art and I've been known to sing a song or two!
I moved to Central Texas almost ten years ago. In 2013, I had the honor of being the Central Texas finalist for the HEB Excellence in Education Award in Leadership. It was a huge honor because thousands of teachers applied and being recognized was the highlight of my teaching career. I am very fortunate to be working in NBISD because I also met the love of my life here.
My daughter was one of the top point guards (basketball) in Central Texas during high school and is now playing college ball in Boston. I miss her like crazy everyday! My son is in high school and is very active in theater and in the other arts. They are both so different but are so important to me. I'm very proud of both for being great students and even better people.
Sweetarts Chewy Mini's are always welcome in my classroom!
I look forward to having a great year at Memorial Elementary with your child!!!
Morning Routine (attendance & lunch count) - 7:40-8:00
Reading - 8:00-9:45
Recess - 9:50-10:10
Specials - 10:15-11:00 (Teacher's Conference Time)
Math - 11:05-12:05
Lunch - 12:10-12:40
Recess - 12:45-1:15
Math - 1:20-2:00
Science/Social Studies - 2:00-2:40
Dismissal - 2:40-2:55
Please call before or after school at (830) 627-6470. I will not be able to answer the phone during the school day because I will be teaching students. My conference time is from 10:15-11:00, but I will be glad to meet with you before or after school with an appointment.
The easiest way to contact me will be through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Practice your addition and subtraction facts for 15 minutes using flash cards.
Math Resources for Parents:
This website gives definitions of words:
* Ask you parents if you can help them cook meals. Cooking requires a lot of measuring and estimating. Chefs are actually math geniuses!
* Check out food labels. Note the amount that is actually a serving size and observe how many servings one container, like a cereal box actually holds. Also, a loaf of bread is about one pound. One pound equals 16 ounces. Measurement conversions are all over your house. Check it all out!
HELP ME OUT:
* Students, think of ways other kids can learn a little more about math at home and around your house so I can add it to my site!
Daily: Read your guided reading books for 10 minutes everyday!
* Check out TV shows like "Myth Busters", "How it's Made", and Animal Planet. However, remember to get some play time outside and think about how your legs feel when you are running and playing. How is that science?
* Whenever there is a storm, think about why your house shakes after thunder and lightening.
* Why do you sweat? (It's not just because it's hot outside!)
* Why does water bubble when it boils?
* Write down science questions you have and bring them to class. I am not promising that I will answer them, but if you give me beef jerky, I will!!!
Word of the Week: Every Monday, we will have a the "Word of the Week". When your child comes home with it, please discuss what you feel it means. PLEASE DO NOT LOOK IT UP IN THE DICTIONARY! Then have your child draw a picture of the meaning that you talked about.
DAILY: Read the guided reading book for 10 minutes at home and remember to bring it back to school.
Morning Procedures: The school doors open at 7:00 A.M. If your child needs breakfast, they will go to the cafeteria. If your child eats at home and you drop them off between 7:00 A.M. and 7:35 A.M, they are to go directly to the gym. They will sit in their class line and wait for their teacher.
Breakfast: Students can eat breakfast between 7:00 A.M. and 7:35 A.M. Please try to get them here early enough so they have plenty of time to eat. Teachers will pick up students from the cafeteria at 7:35 A.M. When students are done eating they will sit in the gym and wait for their teacher.
Tardy Bell: The tardy bell rings at 7:45 A.M. If students arrive after that time, they must go check in with the office first and get a tardy slip.
Transportation Change: If you need to change the way your child regularly goes home, you must send a note in the child’s folder for me or call the office by 2:00 P.M. If you email, I may not see it in time due to instruction.
Daily Folder: Students will take a folder home each day and it needs to be returned to school each day. Please check the folder every night. In the brads of the folder is the behavior chart for the nine weeks and notebook paper so we can have a written communication log if needed. Please do not remove this from the folder. This folder will be used to send home reading logs, homework, notes from school, graded work and other important information. This will go home everyday, except on Fridays.
Behavior: I am a firm believer in positive reinforcement. I want to encourage and motivate my students to do their very best. In my classroom, I reward positive behavior with LEAD tickets. The tickets will be put in our LEAD jar. I will pull tickets out of the jar daily and the students can earn a prize.
If your child has made poor choices throughout the day, this will be documented on the Behavior Calendar that is in their Daily Folder. I will write in folders for serious behaviors, as well as behaviors that are consistent. I use the Behavior Calendar as a tool to monitor whether a consistent behavior issue affects learning. For example, if I have written “talking” all week and I notice on a math test on Friday that a child does not grasp the concept, then talking instead of paying attention/being on task could be the reason the child did not master the concept.
Please know that if your child continues to make poor choices in class, I will notify you so we can discuss what is going on and form a plan that will help your child get back on track.
If your child has gone above and beyond they will receive a sticker, if your child has had a good day they will receive a smiley face. It is important that you initial the calendar daily in the square provided. This lets me know that you have you reviewed your child’s folder.
Grades: We do give number grades in first grade. We are to take nine grades per nine weeks in each subject. Some grades will be daily and some will be major grades. If your child fails a major assignment such as a test, they will be given an opportunity to retake it for an average of the two grades. As I grade the work, I will send it home so you can see how your child is doing. We also send home progress reports electronically half way through the nine weeks so you can see how they are progressing.
Birthdays: Parents are allowed to send store bought cupcakes or snacks for the class on their child’s birthday. We are allowed to do this at the end of the day at 2:30 P.M. Invitations can only be sent home if there are enough for every girl, every boy or for the whole class.
Language Arts Rotations: The district wants 1st grade teachers to rotate students to grade level teachers monthly in Language Arts. The purpose for this is to make better use of this valuable time. For example, I might have three kids in a group reading on a similar reading level and Ms. Besson might have two kids in her class on that level. She could give me her two kids for the month to make a group of five students. We will look at data monthly to regroup kids into different first grade classrooms for Language Arts. In the beginning of the year, we will keep our homeroom kids at first to train them. In late September to October, we will start the regrouping for the Language Arts block of time. This doesn’t mean that students won’t ever be with me during Language Arts.
Spelling: On Monday we will introduce the phonics skill of the week (for example: -at) and the students will brainstorm words ending in –at such as hat, bat, that, sat, mat. The students will only be tested over sounds we covered so they will be able to sound them out. Throughout the week we will practice spelling all –at words. On Friday I will pick ten –at words to test them on. To practice for the spelling test at home have your child brainstorm (just like we did in class) –at words and practice those throughout the week.
BA: Management & Math, Minor Sociology, ISU
BS: Chemistry & Biology, ISU
BA: Education (1-8), Minors in Science & Children's Literature, UNI
MA: Sport's Psychology, pending thesis, UNI
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