Mr. Braden’s 4th Grade class is off to a tremendous start! As the new school year commenced, the 4th Graders were busy setting themselves up for success. First, they set their mindsets for the upcoming year. They focused on the power of choice and the things under their direct control: their focus, their effort, and their attitude. Next, the students set short, mid-range, and long-term goals for both academic and social/emotional growth. Finally, Mr. Braden’s whole class enjoyed a spirited game of Focus Ball. Focus Ball is a game designed to test focus, awareness, agility, and sportsmanship. The Focus Ball is used in and outside of the classroom to build focus in 4th Grade.
The first week of school was also used to set the classroom norms and expectations for the class. Here is what they came up with:
  • Know, understand, and demonstrate that your job at school is to learn.
  • Always give your best effort in all that you do.
  • Listen when others are speaking.
  • Be kind to yourself and others.
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  • Have fun!
On a lighter note, Mr. Braden’s class also compiled a list of their pet peeves. Here is a sampling: My Little Pony, uneven pizza, stepping in water while wearing dry socks, and not being allowed to read at the dinner table. While venting about their pet peeves they maintained a positive attitude. 4th Grade promises to be high in productivity and low in peeves!