Welcome to the Galaxy Class

Meet the teachers

Welcome to the year of the wild and the free. Mrs. Troyer and I are excited to be the lead learners in the Galaxy Class.

Wild and Free

This year, the Galaxy is tracking America’s journey towards freedom. As we follow its story, highlights are added to our classroom timeline documenting the many events and historic characters that took America from its wild beginnings to the sometimes struggling freedom we have today.  America’s journey from wild to free parallels my goals for each student this year. Our classroom provides a safe, caring atmosphere where students are free to be full of wild enthusiasm. They are children and need the freedom to play, laugh, and sometimes just be silly. There will be lots of that this year; however, middle school is also the time to begin refining the wild within in order to develop the skills necessary to progress into the expansive freedom of life long learning. I’m honored and excited to be leading your students through this year’s adventures. I strongly believe that these children hold the future of America and the world in their hands. It’s our duty as parents and teachers to lead them into responsible adulthood. 

A Peek into the Galaxy

My responsibility as a teacher is to provide engaging and relevant lessons, assist students as they strive to understand and master material, and provide an atmosphere conducive to learning. It’s the responsibility of the student to use class time constructively and respect the space of fellow students. And it’s the parents’ responsibility to stay informed as to what’s going on in class and their child’s progress by being involved, checking and responding to home/school communications, and contacting Mrs. Troyer, Mrs.Graves, or me with questions or concerns.

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Creating the Culture
of the Classroom

Over the first six weeks the primary focus of all GES classrooms is to set up the structures and behavioral atmosphere needed to create the ideal learning environment for all students. Students co-create this environment so that they feel safe to voice their concerns and needs, clear in their understanding of behavioral and academic expectations and inspired to learn and grow as a valued member of a real community. Click on the links below on the right for details.

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Daily agenda Introduced
Every classroom has a daily agenda and the day begins and ends with a morning circle to discuss the the goals for the day and what may have been missed at the end of the day so students are aware of what adjustments will be made for the agenda on the following day.
Classroom Structure Development
Students make lists of what will make the class work smoothly. Procedures are set for how students operate in the classrooms, how they transition from activities, how materials are used and put away, and how they will take responsibility in the classroom for their behavior for their needs.
Social Behavioral Constructs
Procedures for how teachers respond to breakdowns with students, and how peers respond to each other if there is a conflict are developed. Teachers model behavioral responses for students to emulate, which helps to set the tone for a harmonious classroom environment.
Building Trusting Community
Teachers connect with students on a human level to create relationships as caring community members not authoritarian teacher/student roles. Strategies such as being at the door in the morning, saying good morning, showing empathy with separation from parents or emotional concerns of students may have.
Class Promise
A behavioral contract for the rules that govern the class is co-created by students and facilitated by the teacher. All students sign or add hand prints to validate the contract. The contract may get read daily and students are reminded that failure is ok and the class promise is in place for students to realign with if a breakdown occurs. Teachers post the promise in a visibly prominent place in the classroom for students to refer to often.