March 27, 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.

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…]

Building Literacy Skills at Home and School

Dear Families, We had an interesting conversation at one of our class Morning Meetings this week. The topic was our weekly spelling words that we should be studying throughout the week and weekend. Well, it might serve as a complete… [Read More…]

I Enjoyed…

Families, This month has sure been crazy. It was great to get back in the rhythm of school, return to the normalcy of our day, and pick up where we left out with our studies of natural disasters in reading,… [Read More…]

Mother Nature

Dear Families, Welcome back to the normal routine of sending your kids to school. I heard from some of you that it was a joyous week in many aspects. While the students may not admit it because that admission would… [Read More…]

Winter Break!!!!!

Dear Families, I hope you’re enjoying your Winter Break thus far, or as you may affectionately call it, “Is it Over Yet?!” Break. It’s only fitting that we’re learning how to strengthen our nonfiction reading skills through studying texts in… [Read More…]