Degrees and Certifications:
John Anger has been teaching for 23 years. The first 5 years he taught 5th grade at Benjamin E. Mays Elementary School. He's been at Dayton's Bluff for the past 18 years, the last 8 in first grade. Mr. Anger did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, graduating in 1997 as a nontraditional student. He attained a Master's Degree in Gifted Education from Minnesota State-Mankato in 2003.
Mr. Anger has always valued education so when his third child was born, he decided it was time to go back to school to get a degree in education after spending 13 years building walk-in coolers in a factory. Mr. Anger believes that was the best career decision he has ever made!
Outside of school, Mr. Anger loves to read, camp, and fish. Mr. Anger is a Minnesota sports fan and has been a huge Vikings and Twins fan since he was a boy. He was part of the Knothole Gang at the old Metropolitan stadium and loved to watch Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, and Tony Oliva play ball. As a boy Mr. Anger always wanted to become a professional baseball player, but he simply never had the talent.
Mr. Anger is deeply invested in his church and served as an elder and trustee. His faith keeps him focused on what is important...at school that means seeing and cultivating the best in his students and making sure they know that they are loved and valued.
First grade literacy includes Readers Workshop, Writers Workshop and Skills.
Readers Workshop includes a whole group lesson, small group instruction, and independent reading time. First graders will work on recognizing sight words, reading strategies, oral language, developing fluency and comprehension of texts.
Writers Workshop includes a whole group lesson and conferring with students about their writing. Units of study in first grade include: Writing for Readers, small moments, persuasive letters, How-To books, Question and Answer books, realistic fiction, book recommendations, expert books, and poetry.
Skills includes whole group and small group instruction. During skills, first graders will review and practice reading skills such as letter recognition, letter sound-correspondance, oral language, phonemic awareness, and word knowledge.
Mathematics in First Grade is taught with whole group and small group instruction.
First graders work on the following mathematical concepts:
- Reading, Writing, and Representing numbers up to 120
- Counting forwards and backwards
- Less than, greater than, and equal to
- Comparing and ordering numbers
- Skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s
- Addition and subtraction strategies
- Recognizing and creating patterns
- Studying 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes
- Measuring by inches and feet
- Telling time to the hour and half-hour
7:15-7:30 Arrival and Breakfast to Go
7:30-7:55 Morning Meeting
7:55-9:15 Reader's Workshop
10:30-10:50 Structured Play
11:10-11:30 Read Aloud
12:05-12:55 Specialist (Gym or Science)
1:00-1:50 Writer's Workshop
*Music is on Mondays at 1:00 - 1:50
*Library is on Mondays at 9:40 - 10:30
*Mr. Herman, the school counselor, visits the class for a less every other Thursday at 1:00-1:30.