Ms. Buster

  • Mrs. Buster   Hello families!

    My name is Mrs. Buster and this is my fifth year at Global Arts Plus. Before teaching kindergarten at Global Arts, I taught for 5 years at Cherokee Heights and 4 years at Obama Elementary. This is my 14th year teaching Kindergarten! I love teaching our littlest learners. I love seeing how kids grow and change over the year and seeing all of the great friends that they make along the way.

    A little about me, I have a four year old son (Theo), an almost two year old son (Calvin), and a dog (George)! They keep me pretty busy running around the house. I also love to be outside, run marathons, and read. 

    Kindergarten is a big developmental year. It is not just about learning abc's and 123's but it is also about learning how to get along with other children, how to resolve conflicts, how to take turns and how to show empathy to others. I believe if your child learns how to be part of a group, your child will learn and grow academically. I feel strongly that by working closely with parents, we can help your child have an amazing kindergarten experience!!

    If you have ANY questions please do not hesitate to reach out.

    phone: (651) 744-6834

    email: nicole.buster@spps.org

    Check out our classroom website: https://mrsbuster.wixsite.com/kindergarten

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Our classroom will be a Responsive Classroom!

    The Responsive Classroom is an approach to elementary teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe community. The goal is to enable optimal student learning. Created by classroom teachers and backed by evidence independent research, the Responsive Classroom approach is based on the premise that children learn best when they have both academic and social-emotional skills. The approach therefore consists of classroom and school-wide practices for deliberately helping children build academic and social-emotional competencies.

    Guiding Principles for Responsive Classroom:

    Seven principles, informed by the work of educational theorists and the experiences of exemplary classroom teachers, guide the Responsive Classroom approach:

    1. The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
    2. How children learn is as important as what children learn.
    3. The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
    4. There is a set of social skills that children need to be successful academically and socially. These skills form the simple acronym CARES – cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control
    5. Knowing the children we teach is as important as knowing the content we teach.
    6. Knowing the parents of the children we teach is as important as knowing the children.
    7. Teachers and administrators must model the social and academic skills they wish to teach their children.

    Behavior Plan for a Responsive Classroom:

    There might be times where the students lose their self-control and need to take a break. Here are the steps that we will go through when this happens in our room when a student loses their self -control.

    1. Take a break and once student gains self -control they can decide to come back and join the group when they are ready.

    2.Take a break and teacher decides when to invite the child back to the group

    3.The child needs to gain their self -control by leaving our classroom and go to a buddy room.

    We will all have a chance to model and practice taking a break and using a buddy room at the beginning of the year. Make sure to read our weekly newsletter to hear all about the Responsive Classroom games, greetings, learning, and much more we will be doing throughout the school year!

     

    Newsletter 09/13-09/17

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    Kindergarten Schedule for In Person Learning 

    9:15 am-9:45 am: Ease In to the Day

    9:45-10:00 Morning Meeting

    10:00am-10:15am Interactive Read Aloud

    10:15-10:45 Phonics

    10:45-11:15 Writers Workshop

    11:15-12:00 Active Learning

    12:00-12:20 Readers Workshop

    12:20-12:35 Bathroom Break/Hand Washing

    12:35-1:05 Lunch

    1:15-2:05 Specialist (Dance,Art,Science)

    2:05-2:35 Recess

    2:35-2:50 Math Workshop

    2:50-3:35 Active Learning

    3:35-3:45 Prepare to go home

    3:45-4:00 Read Aloud

    4:00 Go Home!