My name is Mrs. Buster and this is my fourth 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 13th 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 three year old son (Theo), an almost one 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
Check out our classroom website: https://mrsbuster.wixsite.com/kindergarten
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:
- The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
- How children learn is as important as what children learn.
- The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
- 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
- Knowing the children we teach is as important as knowing the content we teach.
- Knowing the parents of the children we teach is as important as knowing the children.
- 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!
**2020-2021 Schedule **
*SYNCHRONOUS (Live and all together) INSTRUCTION- Whole Group or Small Group learning sessions using Google Meet as the primary platform for connection. The class or small group will meet together at the same time.
*ASYNCHRONOUS (Self-paced) INSTRUCTION- Explore Independently or Ask the Teacher time. Students will use SeeSaw to view and complete lessons when they choose. The work is then expected to be submitted by the assigned deadline.
*OFFICE HOURS - Teachers will build Office Hours into their schedule in which students and familiy members can reach out to them via Google Meets. This will occur at least twice throughout each week. Stay tuned for specific times
Kindergarten Schedule for Distance Learning
9:30am-10:00am: Synchronous: Whole group morning meeting on Google Meet.
10am-11:00am: Synchronous: Small group reading instruction on Google Meet.* When students are not meeting in small group they can be working on their asynchronous activities in SeeSaw.
11:00am-1:50pm: Asynchronous instructional tasks. Students will work on Seesaw activities on their own.
1:50pm-2:50pm: Synchronous: Small group math instruction on Google Meet.* When students are not meeting in small group they can be working on their asynchronous activities in SeeSaw.
2:55pm:-3:50pm: Asynchronous instructional tasks. Students will work on Seesaw activities on their own.
Monday-Friday: Asynchronous Specialist rotating schedule Music, Art, Dance
Monday-Wednesday: Asynchronous Science/Social Studies Lessons
Thursday: Physical Education with Mr. Funk
Friday: Ms. Alyssa weekly counseling lesson
Kindergarten Schedule for In Person Learning
9:30am-10am: Morning Meeting
10:00am-11:55am: Literacy Block
- Have to’s
- Active Learning
- Independent Reading
12:25-12:40pm: Bathroom Break
12:40pm-1:25: Specialist rotating schedule Music, Art, Dance
1:50pm 2:50pm: Math Block
- Large Group
- Have to’s
- Active Learning
2:50pm-4:00pm: End of the day read aloud/closing
- Area of study read aloud
- Clean up