December 11, 2017

Dan Barnard

About Dan Barnard

Dan Barnard hails from the Green Mountain State of Vermont where he grew up skiing, biking, and exploring the nooks and crannies of the woods. He learned to drive on his parents' station wagons, learned to ski at Smugglers' Notch, and developed a love for traveling by participating in school trips to France and New York City. He worked in many jobs ranging from ski instructing to babysitting to an after-school program that helped him decide he wanted to be a teacher.

He enrolled in Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and earned a BA in Humanities with a focus on history and a concentration in Elementary Education. After working for two years in a suburban Boston community as a fifth grade teacher, he decided to move west to discover the beauty and bounty of Oregon. He worked for four years as a third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teacher in Mosier, Oregon. While working in Mosier he enrolled in graduate school at Portland State University and earned a MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University.

What I Found Memorable Was…

Dear Families, We’re covering a lot of bases in school. With topics ranging from World War II to persuasive writing, we’re learning a lot. This morning, I asked students during our Class Meeting to share one thing they learned this… [Read More…]

Fast-Forwarding to New Units

Dear Families, This week marked the beginning of a bunch of new work! In social studies, our focus fast-forwarded hundreds of years to study the beginning of Westward Expansion, when the U.S. got really excited at the prospect of expanding… [Read More…]

Interpreting Characters

Dear Families, We are close to wrapping up our reading unit on interpreting characters in reading. This unit has helped us look at the books we read as if they were a puzzle; to make the book complete, there are… [Read More…]

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

Dear Families, We embarked upon a new creative writing unit this week. This short unit, which will take us roughly six days, has students write a fiction piece based upon a page from Chris van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris… [Read More…]

Week of October 30th Newsletter

Dear Families, Mrs. Carroll and I are extremely proud of the work the students have produced in the recent realistic fiction writing unit. It culminated in the Writer’s Celebration last Wednesday. This past week, students worked solely on writing a… [Read More…]

Park Passes!

Dear Families, Last week when we visited The Gorge Discovery Center, amazing National Scenic Area employee Alyssa hooked us up with a l’il somethin’ somethin’ for the families of all fourth graders. As part of the National Park’s (get every… [Read More…]

Odds & Ends

Dear Families, Students have been working on gaining an understanding on how Native Americans lived in Oregon before westward expansion occurred by white settlers. We’ve learned about different types of shelters that were used across the different climates and environment… [Read More…]

Conference Week Bonanza!

Dear Families, It was certainly a busy week with conferences! Thanks for coming in and meeting with me regarding your child’s progress and goals for them this school year. The TOP 3 things to take out of the conference are:… [Read More…]

Building Reading Lives

Dear Families, This week, we had some serious heart-to-heart conversations about our reading lives, and what it means to be a reader at home. In order to strengthen our reading skills and becoming immersed in the books we read, it’s… [Read More…]

Week of September 25, 2017

Dear Families, I returned to school this week and hit the ground running! From Gorge Studies to writing, we’ve been a busy week. We’re reading two books for read aloud. The first is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by… [Read More…]