Welcome to 6th Grade!
My name is Nicole Hausleben and this year I will be teaching mathematics to all three of the 6th grade classes.
In May of 2016, I graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Mathematics Certification 4-8. My student teaching was in a 6th grade classroom at Berwick Middle School. When I came back to New Jersey, I took the Praxis and received my K-8 certification with a Mathematics Certification 5-8. I have always wanted to be a teacher since I was a toddler and used to play teacher with my younger sister, Carly. It was not until my Junior year of High School that my teacher, Mrs. B, inspired me to focus on math. Now-a-days, a lot of students seem to dislike/be afraid of math, so I'm here to change that mindset. I am so happy to be teaching math this year and I hope that I can make your children love math as much as I do!
Since I was a 5th grade teacher last year at School 5, I know most, if not all, of the students and parents/guardians very well. Last year was a great one, so I am very happy that I have the opportunity to teach your children again this 2018-2019 school year.
This year, I, along with my grade-level partners, will be preparing your children for the Middle School. Below is some helpful information about what to expect this upcoming school year.
Your child will be receiving homework nightly that needs to be completed on time. If the assignment is not returned, a slip will be sent home to be signed and they will receive a ZERO. Homework is worth 10% of their overall grade. The percentage may not seem high, but the amount of assignments they complete will show on their test/quiz scores throughout the year. In my class, homework is not "busy work", but rather, it is meant to help your child understand the content.
When it comes to Mathematics, the best way to prepare for testing is to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! I will provide your child with a "study guide" before every test, but like stated above, if they are doing all their homework, they should do very well in my class. Assessments are 80% of their overall grade.
It is important that your child is always actively participating in class. Whether it is during a lesson, going over homework, doing an activity, or reviewing for a test/quiz, they need to be involved as much as possible. Remember: There is no such thing as a dumb question! I feel as though I have a great rapport with my students, so I am confident that if they are struggling, they will reach out. Participation is worth 10% of their overall grade. Again, the percentage may not seem high, but the amount of questions they ask/answer will show on their test/quiz scores throughout the year. In my class, participation is an "assessment" of each student so I can see where they are at.
Please join Remind by using the class code that was sent home with your child the first week of school. I will be sending messages out regarding your child's homework, projects, assignments, assessments, and any other events that will be taking place both in and outside of school. Since it is your child's last year in School 5 there will be a lot of activities throughout the year that we would love for everyone to take part in!
Let's have a GREAT year!