Hello! My name is Andrew Boehm (the kids all call me Mr. B as my last name is difficult to pronounce) and I'm the 4th Grade teacher here at Marysville school. I began here four years ago as a student teacher for Mrs. Chedester and Mrs. Chambers and I've learned heaps about myself through my experience teaching alongside the both of them. This is my first year teaching a grade level classroom after spending the previous two as the technology teacher here. I'm very excited to be a part of the Marysville team. After teaching overseas in Japan for a year in 2009, my passion for education lead me to pursue this as a career full time. As with any new teacher, some days are easier than others, but as a whole, I can't imagine myself teaching anywhere else.
This year we've covered a lot of material in class. Our schedule differs daily, but the mornings are usually spent with the kids working in Reading and Math block. After Math, we have an early lunch and recess, then it's back to work with Writing and one of our daily 'Specials' (Library, Art, Playworks, Technology), another chunk of Reading, some Number Corner, and finally Social Studies or Science.Friday's our afternoons are spent in Drama, Counseling, and P.E. back-to-back-to-back. Phew, that's a lot to cover! It's important your student comes to school on time, well rested, and ready to learn.
Reading homework for the week will be assigned on Mondays and will be due back on Friday. Math homework is more sporadic, but you can usually anticipate your student coming home with 2-3 math assignments per week. These assignments are expected to be completed the night they are assigned as many of the skills we want student's to gain through these assignments will be applied the following day in math. That being said, I know other things can get in the way of homework time, so as long as math homework assignments are completed and turned in by the Friday they are assigned then they will not be considered late.
In writing, we are currently working on creating Personal Narrative pieces. These are true stories based on events from the writer's life. Student's are asked to write about a topic that is important to them and to be sure to include such key elements as character & setting descriptions, dialogue, and sensory details. Our Personal Narratives should also contain a strong lead to get the reader really interested in our topic.
Social studies has been a fun time for the students. We have covered the basics of how to properly read and develop a map. Currently, students are learning about the geography of Oregon and creating their very own topographical maps. We will eventually discuss the Oregon Trail, but for now, laying the groundwork of the layout of Oregon is critical to future comprehension around the travels westward.
Art varies from week to week. We have worked on monochromatic art, self portraits, and recreations of classic art pieces just to name a few. Right now, we are in the midst of creating some wonderful 3-D pencil drawings which I'm excited to share on my walls in the upcoming weeks.
If you have any questions or concerns about the events in class, please feel free to email or call me at your convenience. I check my email regularly so that is the best way to get a hold of me after hours. I look forward to hearing from you!
4th Grade Educator
503-916-6363 Ext. 78107