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Miss Andy's Class 2020-2021

by Shelby Anderson


Miss Andy's Class
Hello! My name is Miss Anderson but I often go by Miss Andy. Whatever you prefer! I am thrilled to be your 4th grade teacher! I'm sure this year is going to have some ups and downs, but I am so excited for all of the fun things we will learn and do together.

A little bit about me...
I moved quite a bit growing up, but Montana is where I spent the majority of my childhood, and I absolutely love it there. I go back to visit whenever I can!

I went to school at BYU-Idaho, and graduated in Elementary Education. Student teaching brought me to Utah, and I've been living here for six years. Utah is different, but is beautiful just the same. I recently completed my Masters in Math Education through WGU.

I absolutely love spending time with family and friends! My mom relocated to Utah shortly after my brother, so we are able to spend lots of time together. I have made great friends here, who have some of the cutest kids that I get to be "aunt shelby" to. We like to spend time outside, going to Bees games, going to movies, watching (and attending) Jazz games, going to the cabin, and just riding around the neighborhood on the golf cart.

I have high hopes for this year! The absolute BEST part of teaching is my students, and I am so glad we get to be together in person. Things will be different, but we will make the best of it. I consider myself lucky to be your teacher and I will do everything I can to make this year great for all of us! I truly believe that every student can learn, and I am so excited to be on this journey with you! Not only will we work on academics in our class, but we will also work on recognizing our potential, working hard to reach it, and celebrating our achievements.

You probably get it by now, but I am SO excited to be your teacher this year!
Starting at the top left and going clockwise:
Mom and me at a concert
One and only selfie I'll ever take of JUST me
Brother, Sister-in-law, me, and Mom
Mabel and me
Baby Foster and me
Best friend and me
Best friend and her kids
Baby Andy
Brother and me
Classroom Management
I want your child to leave this year feeling successful and believing in their abilities. I will do my best to help your child recognize this, and in order to create an environment conducive to learning, it will take a group effort. We will have class rewards to work toward together, as well as individual rewards. Students will receive blocks for positive behavior, which are similar to classroom money. When they earn 10 blocks they will get to pick a prize from the prize box. As a class we will make our rules, but ultimately all rules require respect. Students will be expected to respect each other, the classroom, and all adults in the building.
When students make good choices, they will earn blocks. As they earn blocks, they are able to choose prizes. We will also be working as a class to earn a reward.
When students make choices that break school or classroom rules, or disrupt learning, they will be given a reminder. After the first reminder, they will lose blocks. If necessary, students will take a break from the classroom, call home, or visit with the principal.
Classroom Expectations
-Come to school prepared to work hard and learn
-Be KIND to yourself and others
-Participate in class and share your thinking
-Be respectful to peers and adults
-Be responsible for your learning, your materials, and your actions
-Be positive about your child's learning
-Encourage students to have a positive attitude about their learning
-Contact me with questions or concerns
Research has shown that homework does not have a significant effect on student growth. Because of this, I do not assign homework that is just for home. Occasionally there may be days that students have unfinished work that will need to be completed at home.
Reading Minutes
Students will be required to read five days per week, for 20 minutes each day. I will send home a weekly reading calendar for students to record their reading minutes. It does not matter which 5 days of the week they read. Reading calendars will be kept in your student's communication folder.