April 28, 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.

This Week, by Alexa

Alexa has written a synopsis of this week’s action in our classroom. Enjoy! I think you should know about what your student has been doing in class. In the mornings, we have been doing State Testing, we’re being quiet like… [Read More…]

Reading Goals

Dear Families, On Thursday, your child came home off with a copy of their reading goals and a letter stapled it to from yours truly explaining the goals, and their purpose, to you. This copy is yours to keep. Many… [Read More…]

Reading as Writers

Dear Families, We are extremely excited about our new reading unit, and that is not an exaggeration. A huge emphasis of this reading unit is on writing about what we read. We’re learning to be stronger writers through analyzing, reflecting,… [Read More…]

Speak the Same Language

Dear Families, There’s a lot going on this time of year. From our final units of the year in reading and writing to fundraisers to field trips, there’s a lot to cover. Here we go… CURRICULUM We started our new… [Read More…]

Spring Break!

Dear Families, First and foremost, I wish you and your family a terrific Spring Break! Whether that means lying on a beach somewhere, skiing, or cleaning out the garage, I hope you enjoy it. In geography, students are focusing on… [Read More…]

Odds & Ends

Dear Families, This week, students will be wrapping up their independent argumentative thesis essays. Mrs. Carroll and I are both been extremely proud of the effort the students have put into gathering evidence for this essay. Their excitement and attention… [Read More…]

Churn Out

Dear Families, We are engrossed in our new read aloud, The Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin. We are learning about how racism was embedded in our nation’s society during a huge chunk of our history and how it affected… [Read More…]

Our Own Seminar Course

Dear Families, I am ridiculously proud of the hard work students have been doing in both reading and writing to strengthen and expand their literacy skills. Their nonfiction reading skills have grown. Students created and gave a presentation last week… [Read More…]

Pictionary!

Families, Some important reminders: Your child needs to be reading 30 minutes a day. Your child needs to be studying their spelling words for 5 to 10 minutes a day over the weekend. There’s no school on Monday, but there’s… [Read More…]

Natural Disasters

Dear Families, Students have been working very hard in their reading research groups to learn about a specific weather-related natural disaster like hurricanes, tornadoes, or blizzards. This week, groups will take the information they learned and create a presentation to… [Read More…]